Episode 403: The Wolf Policy Paradox

The status of wolves is a contentious subject these days. Between myths and fact, depredation and trophic cascades, it seems that every opinion is equally right, and wrong. It only follows that when it comes to making policy about wolves, that paradox would follow.

A perfect example of this comes from Ontario, where the newly-named Algonquin Wolf was given threatened status over summer. The wolvesreceived protection around Algonquin Provincial Park in 2001shortly after genetic research supportedaunique species designation,but due to the Algonquin wolf’s new at-riskstatus, a review of additional protections was in order. On the table for review was a plan to prohibit trapping and hunting in various management units of all wolves, including the not-threatened grey wolf, and coyotes, which can be so morphologically like the Algonquin wolf, only DNA can differentiate the species.

Ultimately, no one was really happy with the government’s decision, including researcher Hannah Barron,who spoke with Defender Radio.The Director of Wildlife Conservation Campaigns at Earthroots, Hannahjoined us to talk Algonquin wolves, science-based conservation, and the failings of poor policy.

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