Alberta Sustainable Resource Development: Stop the Culling of Alberta's Wild Wolf Populations
  • Petitioned Minister Frank Oberle
  • Responded

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Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
Minister Frank Oberle
Alberta Caribou Committee
Dr. Fiona Schmiegelow
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Alberta Sustainable Resource Development: Stop the Culling of Alberta's Wild Wolf Populations

    1. Carol Linnitt
    2. Petition by

      Carol Linnitt

      Vancouver, Canada

In the effort to preserve endangered woodland caribou populations in Alberta's northern regions, the province's government has initiated a large-scale wolf cull. In recent years more than 500 wolves have been hunted by air and shot, left to suffer and die in the woods. According to the government, effective population control of the wolf, a known caribou predator, will help eliminate continued decreases in caribou populations.

However, recent peer-reviewed scientific studies have shown that the region's wolves are hunting far more deer than caribou. This evidence lead scientists to look for other reasons for caribou population decline. By examining caribou scat, scientists found that caribou in the area are dealing with serious levels of stress which they conclude is due to the rapid scale of oil and gas development, most notably of the tar sands, in traditional caribou habitat. Tar sands development, which requires the destruction of ancient boreal forest, means that caribou are being forced into less-densely wooded areas where they are more exposed to hunters, vehicles and predators.

Also, the loss of old growth forest means caribou have little access to the lichens they feed on to survive Alberta's cold winters. Woodland caribou are highly sensitive to disruptions in their habitat, migration and mating patterns. Increased industrial activity, forestry, hunting and off-roading have all contributed to the decrease in caribou populations, although the Albertan government is holding the wolf responsible.

Biologists have come forward to condemn the wolf cull as "morally and biologically wrong" and more scandalously "a waste of time."

We must urge the government to consider alternative methods to ensure the survival of endangered caribou species, alternatives that do not in turn threaten the health and preservation of treasured wolf populations. The Albertan government must know that the population of Canada does not see this wolf cull as an adequate solution.

Culling wild wolves provides no guarantee that the problem will be solved and worse, deflects attention from the destructive industries which should be held accountable for their role in declining caribou populations and habitat.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 7,000 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Dr. Fiona Schmiegelow responds:

      Dr. Fiona Schmiegelow

      Dear Linnitt,

      I have not been active on the Alberta Caribou Committee for a number of years, and I believe it is now defunct. While I recognize the importance of your petition in applying public pressure to the government of Alberta,...

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. Public Comment Period Extended

      Carol Linnitt
      Petition Organizer

      The Alberta Government has decided to give the public an extended opportunity to comment on the already-initiated wild wolf cull. We now have until February to voice our concerns regarding the questionable science and industry interests behind the push to selectively slaughter Canada's cherished wolf species.

      Let's take the chance to remind the government of Alberta that we will not allow the senseless massacre of our wildlife, most especially not to protect oil and gas interests.

    5. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Donna Mykyte RADWAY, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      I am tired of this province destroying the animals that are wild. Another bonehead decision!

    • Tess Watts QUILL LAKE, SK, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      Let's address the real issue here, this is not about wolves killing caribou, this is about money. Killing innocent animals doesn't stop the decrease in habitat. We need to be protecting our land and it's resources not raping it for money.

    • Brandi Foord GUELPH, ON, CANADA
      • 10 months ago

      Wolves have too long been placed as the "bad guy". Look at what happened in Yellowstone! Wolves are an integeral part of the eco-system.

      Take the time to investigate the real reason for the decline in Caribou.

      thank you,

      Brandi Foord

    • Yvonne Bergeron EDMONTON, CANADA
      • 10 months ago

      Once again these beautiful animals are being killed off, because of ignorance.

    • Noni Anderson GRAND FORKS, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      Cull the government instead.


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