Target: Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Bill Mauro
Goal: Do not allow hunters to kill thousands of wolves and coyotes.
Government officials in Canada want to launch a mass wolf and coyote cull by loosening hunting restrictions and allowing thousands of these animals to be shot and killed. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry of Ontario, Canada, has issued a proposal to change hunting regulations, increasing the limit on how many wolves can be killed and lifting limitations entirely for coyotes.
Hunters will no longer be required to purchase a special hunting “seal” and will also no longer be restricted to killing only one wolf per season. Instead, any hunter holding a small game hunting license will be allowed to kill two wolves per season and an unlimited number of coyotes. Statistics indicate that there are over 100,000 small game hunters in Ontario and unlike targeted culls where a specific number of animals are killed, this scenario would see innumerable animals slaughtered and wolf and coyote populations potentially decimated.
This move comes as a response to declining moose populations in Ontario, but rather than ban the sport hunting of moose and their calves or protecting moose habitats from intensive forestry, officials are choosing to allow wolves and coyotes to be murdered instead. Non-profit organization Wolves Ontario has stated that this proposal not only fails to address the decline in the moose population, it “continues to endanger at-risk eastern wolves” and “encourages the unregulated slaughter of coyotes.”
Moreover, this is the second major cull announced by the Ontario government in the last two months, with the first targeting black bears through a planned spring bear hunt. These moves have been rightly dubbed a “War on Wildlife” seeming as though Canada is recklessly putting its precious wild animals in danger by allowing them to be cruelly killed.
The general public can react to the proposed amendment to wolf and coyote hunting legislation until January 18. It is vital to speak up for these animals and show massive opposition to this cruel and destructive plan. Sign this petition to denounce this misguided proposal: thousands of coyotes and wolves need your voice.
Dear Minister Mauro,
I am writing to oppose your government’s plan to loosen hunting restrictions and allow thousands of wolves and coyotes to be shot and killed. Permitting any hunter holding a small game hunting license to kill two wolves per season instead of one and an unlimited number of coyotes will see countless animals cruelly slaughtered and their populations seriously endangered.
The decline of moose populations in Northern Ontario would be far better addressed by banning the sport hunting of moose and their calves—it is indeed shameful that killing a moose calf is still legal—and protecting moose habitats from intensive forestry.
Coming so soon after a plan to slaughter black bears in a spring bear hunt, this new proposal shows the Ontario government to be engaged in a destructive war on wildlife. Instead, lawmakers should be taking humane steps to preserve the region’s precious natural resources.
Allowing the unregulated slaughter of thousands of wolves and coyotes is not the solution. I urge you not to implement this thoughtless and ill-advised amendment to wolf and coyote hunting regulations.
[Your Name Here]
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