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Some support points for your letter:
 

  • Government records indicate strychnine baits laid for wolves in Little Smoky caribou range in Alberta killed more non-target animals than wolves. 

  • Compound 1080 and sodium cyanide have similar impacts on non-target wildlife, and pose similar risks to people and pets.

  • The use of strychnine to kill wolves is in contravention of CCAC guidelines (CCAC 2003), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA 2013), the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (2014), and the American Society of Mammalogists.​

  • According to the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC 2003), a killing method is humane if it causes rapid (immediate) unconsciousness and subsequent death without pain or distress. Death by strychnine ingestion is inhumane, as it causes frequent periods of tetanic seizures, occasional cessation of breathing, hyperthermia, extreme suffering, and death from exhaustion or asphyxiation, which typically occurs within 1–2 hours of the onset of clinical signs.

 

  • Death can take several hours if the dose is low.

  • Wolf kill programs are unacceptable as a wildlife management tool for both ethical and ecological reasons. I urge you to remove wolf killing from the toolbox of options as new recovery plans are developed for caribou.

Decision-makers your letter is being sent to:

Federal Government:

Honourable Patty Hajdu

Minister of Health 

Patty.Hajdu@parl.gc.ca

Dr. Stephan Lucas
Deputy Minister of Health

stephen.lucas@canada.ca

Peter Brander

Executive Director

Pesticide Management and Regulatory Agency

peter.brander@canada.ca

Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson 

Minister of Environment and Climate Change

ec.ministre-minister.ec@canada.ca 

Alberta:

Honourable Jason Kenney

Premier of Alberta

premier@gov.ab.ca

Minister of Alberta Environment and Parks

AEP.Minister@gov.ab.ca

 
 

Strychnine is killing threatened species in Alberta

It is a biological fact that bears can wake from winter torpor and explore. Even if Grizzlies emerge after the poison program, they remain at risk in Little Smoky; after last season's poison was allegedly cleaned up, local residents found evidence of ongoing poisoning months later.

Photo courtesy of Wendy Chambers

The Grizzly Bear is a threatened species in Alberta.  At least one grizzly has been killed in the Little Smoky strychnine program, which overlaps with the bears natural range.  

 

According to use pesticide use permits, poison is not allowed to be used in areas that overlap with endangered species range. Check out the maps below which show the overlap between Strychnine use in the Little Smoky and the the Grizzly Bear Zone.

 

It is a biological fact that bears can wake from winter torpor and explore. Even if Grizzlies emerge after the poison program, they remain at risk in Little Smoky; after last season's poison was allegedly cleaned up, local residents found evidence of ongoing poisoning months later.

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