Nov 06

Environmentalists Applaud Wolf Protection Around Algonquin Park

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News Release



Tuesday 6 November, 2001.



Environmentalists Applaud Wolf Protection Around Algonquin Park



Toronto & Ottawa – “This is a good day for wolves, and a good day for

parks,” declares Jean Langlois of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness

Society (CPAWS). CPAWS applauds the announcement of a new wolf

protection zone outside the boundaries of Algonquin Park. The

protection measures, announced today by Ontario Natural Resources

Minister John Snobelen, will result in a thirty months moratorium on

all wolf hunting and trapping in 39 townships around the Park.



Full protection around Algonquin Park should result in a viable core

population for this wolf species” says Chris Henschel of CPAWS’s

Wildlands League chapter. Henschel was a member of the

multi-stakeholder group advising the Minister on how to conserve the

wolf. “We commend the Minister in going beyond the Algonquin Wolf

Advisory Group’s recommendations, and hope that this 30 months hunting

and trapping ban stays in place in perpetuity.”



The Eastern wolf, which ranges through central Ontario and southern

Quebec, was recently added to Canada’s Species at Risk List as a

species of special concern. Even in Algonquin Park, the largest

protected habitat for the species, a population decline was detected.

The population was found to be at risk because so many wolves are

killed outside park boundaries.



“We can’t expect ecosystems and wildlife to squeeze neatly into the

arbitrary park boundaries we draw on maps” Langlois says, noting that

buffer zones between parks and exploited areas, such as the one

announced today, better reflect modern conservation science. This is

the first buffer zone around an Ontario park designed to protect

carnivores.



The Wildlands League and Ottawa Valley chapters of CPAWS have been

advocating a wolf conservation buffer zone around Algonquin Park since

1996.

Concern about the park wolf population began when research by Dr. John

and Mary Theberge of the University of Waterloo first detected the

high incidence of wolves from the park dying outside the park

boundary.



Thousands of citizens also expressed their concern. The Minister’s

office has received over 19,000 letters, postcards, and petition

signatures, calling for increased protection for wolves outside the

park.



Group howl in Ottawa Wednesday, November 7th There will be an

opportunity for local media to get the first hand reaction from local

activists who have been involved in this campaign for several years.

Renowned wolf biologists John and Mary Theberge will lead a

celebratory howl. The event will start at 7 pm, Wednesday Nov 7th, at

the Bushtakah store, 230 Richmond Road near Kirkwood in Ottawa.



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