Wolf Awareness uses the results of scientific research as a knowledge base for educational and public outreach programs. We have also played an active role in influencing public policies pertaining to wolf conservation.
This project is the first study of wolves in the remote Brittany Triangle (largely protected) and Nemaiah Valley, where there exists a small human population and some ranching. The Brittany Triangle is also home to wild horses. Researchers are analyzing wolf scat and using stable isotopes from wolf guard hair to better understand the dietary habits of wolves in these adjacent areas.
This research will help to fill an important knowledge gap about predator-prey interactions among wolves, wild horses and domestic livestock.
Although bounties are known to be an ineffective management practice, they are maintained by some Alberta municipalities under the pretense of reducing livestock depredation by wolves and coyotes. In the last 5 years alone, more than 1,400 wolves and 25,000 coyotes have been killed by bounty hunters.
As the persistence of bounties in rural regions is largely based on perceptions rather than facts, this research aims to assess the importance of livestock in the diet of wolves and coyotes in areas where small farms and ranches abut upon, or are near, wilderness areas in northeast Alberta.
We continue to work with ranchers to help them transition to responsible, non-lethal, preventative methods of livestock production.