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Our work is focused on three key areas: scientific wolf research, education, and conservation. We act as a critical link between scientists and the public, using the results of scientific research as a knowledge base for educational and public outreach programs.
We support scientific wolf research, working closely with wolf research projects across Canada, and receiving the most up-to-date information about studies. We provide donated funds to support research that has improved our understanding of this extremely intelligent and social large carnivore.
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We achieve our mission through the development and implementation of educational and public outreach programs, functioning as a critical link between scientists and the public to provide information on wolf ecology and conservation.
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We work in partnership with scientists, First Nations, local communities and NGO's to increase understanding, improve tolerance levels and promote coexistence among humans and wolves.
We have also played an active role in influencing public policies pertaining to wolf conservation.
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OUR POLICY POSITION ON LETHAL CONTROL
As caribou declines accelerate in Canada, wolves are once again being scapegoated in attempts to protect oil and gas, mining, forestry, and recreational activities. We urge provincial and federal political parties, politicians, and all special interests who support wolf kill programs under the guise of caribou conservation to review studies on predator control and environmental ethics and reconsider their position on killing predators as an unethical means to achieve the conservation of endangered caribou.
The public, decision-makers, many wildlife managers, and apologists fail to distinguish between existence of caribou and long-term persistence of the ecological systems on which the caribou depend. Intact ecological systems are characterised by the species that inhabit them and by the ecological functions and processes that link species with their environment (e.g. food, security, thermal regulation, migration, predator-prey relationships). Although species can continue to exist after natural ecological relationships have been altered or destroyed, most ecologists understand that such systems are not sustainable and not representative of healthy environments or successful conservation.
Read the full Policy Position on Lethal Control here