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Debate Rages Over Wolf Bounties

posted Jul 29, 2016, 6:41 PM by chloe owens

6/2/16, by Cathy Ellis, Rocky Mountain Outlook

Debate rages over wolf bounties

The war on wolves continues in Alberta with hundreds killed every year – but the provincial government now appears interested in trying to stop third-party bounties on wolves. Wolves in this province are shot from helicopters or poisoned with bait laced with strychnine in the name of saving endangered caribou, killed by private landowners when they kill livestock and hunted and trapped without a quota system.  But wildlife experts say there is also a growing practice of promoting indiscriminate and random killing of wolves...Bounties on wolves ended more than 40 years ago in Canada, but were reintroduced in Alberta in 2007 by hunting, trapping and farming groups…bounties have dramatically increased the amount of snaring…wolves are worth about $300 now, trappers go out there and it’s basically hobby trapping…research has shown neck snares are inadequate for consistently and quickly rendering canids unconscious, causing suffering and delayed deaths, and are therefore inhumane.