Posted: Jan 27, 2016
The campaign manager for the Humane Society International in Canada says the move makes no sense."What the government is doing is obviously out of step with science and out of step with what most people in Ontario want," said Gabriel Wildgen, campaign manager for the Humane Society International in Canada.
The coalition includes a number of animal protection groups, such as the Animal Alliance, Coyote Watch Canada, Wolf Awareness and Zoocheck, to name a few.
Playing favourites?The executive director of the Northwestern Ontario Sportsman's Alliance said he's not surprised the animal rights groups are against the proposed changes — but John Kaplanis said the animal rights groups are playing favourites.
Kaplanis told CBC News the biology and science relating to wolf predation demonstrates that when "moose population is in a declining state, any additional predation is going to exacerbate that dynamic."
Kaplanis noted that, if anything, there should be even fewer restrictions on hunting wolves. "For the most part the northwestern Ontario Sportsman's Alliance very much supports the direction the ministry is taking in reference to this current EBR recommending changes to wolf management, particularly in northern Ontario," he said.
But the alliance has some concerns with the limit of two wolves, which be taken under the small game licence for residents. "[There] appears to have no rationale for it," Kaplanis said. "The harvest of wolves, historically, by resident hunters, has not been an issue in terms of sustainability. We think that's a bit of overkill on the part of the ministry. But having said that, the rest of the proposal is a good one. We like that the cost to resident and non-resident hunters is going to come down by removing the seal requirement to harvest wolves. "
The ministry says the proposed changes will not happen until 2017.