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Elusive Algonquin Wolf is Officially a Threatened Species

posted Jul 29, 2016, 7:38 PM by chloe owens

6/29/16, by Samantha Beattie,

Elusive Algonquin wolf is officially a threatened species

If you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of an Algonquin wolf, the experience will be surreal and brief, especially now the species is moving closer to extinction… With fewer than 500 left in Ontario (or somewhere between 250 to 1,000 – nobody knows for sure), the majority of wolves live in the park’s protected forest, says a provincial report. Some roam in the regions surrounding Algonquin, like Muskoka, but it’s unknown how many have survived hunting and trapping, habitat loss and road-related mortalities. In June, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry upgraded the status of Algonquin wolves from a species ‘of special concern’ to ‘threatened.’ With official acknowledgement wolf populations are dwindling, the province is granting the wolves more protection.