A Stumble and a Fumble

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On January 1, I posted ‘Missing the Mark’, where I suggested that the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) had done a poor job with respect to proposed changes as to how wolves could be hunted in Ontario. Here’s my brief summary of the changes they proposed:

  • the present requirement to purchase a wolf seal to hunt wolves under the authority of a small game license will be repealed, and all that will be required to hunt wolves will be the small game license itself; and
  • the yearly limit will remain at two wolves, but wolves and coyotes will be separated  and there will be no limit on the number of coyotes a hunter can harvest.

It will still be mandatory to report your wolf harvest, but seeing as mandatory reporting is not enforced (I’ve been told there has never been a charge laid in Ontario wrt failing to provide a mandatory hunt report), that requirement remains toothless.

The changes proposed are mostly to try and increase the wolf harvest in response to declining moose populations. As I said in my post at the time, I predicted that would raise the ire for those who like wolves, and aren’t strongly pro-hunting.

Well that’s exactly what happened. It seems the s*** hit the fan, and at the end of the day, none of the proposed changes are going to be implemented (the MNRF must have really taken a verbal beating by the people who are enamored with wolves, don’t like the idea of managing predators [especially if it’s to ‘help’ big game], dislike wolf hunting in particular and for the most part are not in favour of hunting in general). You can read the decision here:

https://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTI2OTQz&statusId=MTkzMzk2&language=en

So we’re back where we started, with all hunters (resident and non-resident) still having to buy both a small game licence and a wolf seal, and the inability to hunt wolves during an open season for bear, elk, deer or moose unless one is also in possession of a valid license for one of whatever big game season is open..

This is a crazy, stupid way to manage wolves. Wolves should have a stand-alone licence  (why does a non-resident have to buy an $272.41 wolf tag AND a $120.93 small game licence? And then can’t hunt them during the deer or moose season without ALSO having a valid moose [$483.48] or deer [$241.61] license ; i.e., that moose or deer license can’t have been used to tag a moose or deer prior to hunting a wolf).

In addition to only needing a wolf license to hunt wolves, I think wolves could and maybe should be classed similarly to bears, in that non-residents would have to hunt wolves through an outfitter in a specific management area (outfitters have bear management areas, or BMA’s; I think these could be modified to be BWMA’s – bear and wolf management areas). I also think the number of wolf tags available for non-residents in a BWMA could/should be limited, but if they were managed through a BWMA, that may be self-limiting all by itself).

A stumble, then a fumble. How ridiculous.

 

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  1. Wolves breed according to the food they have . So when hunters see a big pack of wolves come through a section of bush , they can expect to see few deer to hunt that year . So the next season you may see very thin wolves and the number in the pack then drops . As a hunter we would like to protect the deer and moose numbers so we as hunters too will be able to harvest Deer and Moose as well. so then we want to harvest every single wolf we see . I really can not see the need to have a two year limit on the number of wolves we can harvest, as there will then allow more cubs the following season .Your not ever going to hurt the pack having a few of the hunters shoot a wolf or two.
    I think this BS all started with those who like to Howl with the red wolves in the park and wanted to protect the reds as there numbers seem to be going down . Well Come North my friends for I seen a pack attack a deer along Hwy 11 just North of Trout Creek . I had my field glass’s with me so stopped to watch . The wolves were reds , so if your wondering where the red wolf is hanging out , just travel with them where the food source is.North Of the Park!

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