Hundreds of Wolves Killed in Northwest Territories
SNOWMOBILE HUNT CLAIMS HUNDREDS OF WOLVES
Wolf pelts bring $200 to $350 apiece for hunters in the NWT.
A few have decided to cash in.
The animals are herded into no cover areas with snowmobiles,
run to exhaustion and shot to death. Over 460 in short period of time.
Biologists in the area feel this practice is a grave threat to the overall wolf population in this area
When will the mass population put a stop to these terrible practices?
Each of you reading this has the power to stop this...you have your voice...
I urge you to take a moment and use it.
Feb. 26, '98 The Globe and Mail
By Alanna Mitchell
-- According to this story, about a dozen native hunters have killed 460 wolves so far this winter in the Northwest
Territories in what biologists fear may be one of the biggest and most concentrated commercial wolf hunts in Canadian history.
Many of the wolves, the story says citing conservation officers and biologists who oversee the subarctic area, were being
chased to death by hunters riding snowmobiles. The hunters track down a pack of wolves, manoeuvre them onto a frozen
expanse of tundra, and then, as the animals search vainly for somewhere to hide, chase them until they collapse from
exhaustion. Then the hunters shoot them.
The story says that the final tally of wolves killed will be significantly higher than 460 by the end of the season. Several hunters who are expected to be making large kills have not yet prepared the skins for export, so have not been included in the count.
The massive hunt is being driven by an unusually strong appetite for fur in the fashion industry and by hefty prices for wolf in the international fur market. As well, the wolves seem to be congregating in the lower Northwest Territories this winter as they follow caribou herds.
The story cites biologists as calling the kill a "local genocide," and say a hunt on that scale has far-reaching, dire implications for Canada's wolf population if it keeps up. Some biologists are especially worried because the Northwest Territories government has no count of the number of wolves in the region and no data on what damage a kill of this magnitude could do to the nation's stock of wolves.
The Hon. Don Morin,
Premier Government of the Northwest Territories
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT, X1A 2L9
Telephone (403) 669-2311
Fax (403) 873-0385
The Hon. Stephen Kakfwi
Minister of Wildlife
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT, X1A2L9
Telephone (403) 669-2366
Fax (403) 873-0169
The Hon. Christine Stewart
Minister of Environment Canada
Centre Blk. Rm. 103-S
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Telephone (819) 997-1441
Fax (819) 953-3457
Be advised, the above authorities will not likely be sympathetic.
This update was received:
March 7, 1998
- In what may be another clash of values between North and South, the government of the Northwest Territories is defending a wolf hunt being criticized as cruel and unsustainable.
"That's probably an unfair characterization," said Bob McLeod, assistant deputy minister of wildlife and economic
"In that part of the country you have to understand the geography and you have to understand the people. I don't expect
people in Toronto or Europe to understand the people or the geography."
Records show that aboriginal hunters, most based in northern Saskatchewan, have killed at least 460 wolves this year in the
Rennie Lake area about 150 kilometres north of the Saskatchewan boundary.
Many of the wolves are being hunted from snowmobiles, with some being chased until exhausted and then shot - a practice
illegal in every other province and territory.
Steady demand for wolf fur from the fashion industry has made the hunt worthwhile for hunters. A wolf pelt can bring a hunter
between $250 and $350.
Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
The seventh session of the 13th Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories will reconvene at 130 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, 1999.
Minister of Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development
Minister Responsible for National Constitutional Affairs
"Contact Info".....conveniently not working?.......maybe to much of a hot seat over the wolf slaughters?
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PH (403) 669-2301
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