Sask Government Expands Controversial Wolf Cull

Wolves are again being placed in the crosshairs. This time it's the Saskatchewan government scapegoating the animals in an ill-informed effort to appease livestock producers. 

Herb Cox, Minister of Environment, recently announced an expanded second year of Saskatchewan's cull, where 200 licenses will be issued to kill up to 400 wolves. This despite residents saying the program "had very little impact" last year.

Wolf culls are widely regarded as an unscientific, unethical, ineffective and unsustainable tactic for dealing with wildlife issues. What makes the killing of wolves even more senseless is that it fails to address the root causes of conflict - habitat loss and fragmentation due to human activity, in this case animal agriculture. 

Please join us in calling on the Environment Minister, Herb Cox, Deputy Minister, Cam Swan, and the Government of Saskatchewan to take notice of the failed wolf culls implemented by the BC and Alberta governments and to bring an end to these irresponsible biological experiments. Request that they utilize nonlethal methods for addressing conflicts with wildlife. It's time the Ministry of Environment prioritize ethics and sustainability over profit and that they work to protect, instead of destroy, the environment and wildlife.

Below is a template email/letter, as well as contact information for the Environment Minister and Deputy Minister. Please also sign and share our petition seeking an end to Saskatchewan's wolf cull. 

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Cam Swan - Deputy Minister
Phone: (306) 787-2930
Email: cam.swan@gov.sk.ca
Mailing Address: 5th Floor, 3211 Albert Street, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 5W6

Honourable Herb Cox - Minister of Environment
Phone: (306) 787-0393
Email: env.minister@gov.sk.ca, herbcox@sasktel.net
Mailing address: Room 38, Legislative Building, 2405 Legislative Drive, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 0B3

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Dear RECIPIENT NAME,

As a concerned voter and taxpayer, I am writing to voice my strong opposition to Saskatchewan’s wolf cull program as a tactic for protecting livestock operations. I am calling on your ministry to end the wolf cull and instead encourage and implement nonlethal methods for reducing conflict and allowing for co-existence with wildlife. 

Wolf culls are widely regarded as an unscientific, unethical, ineffective and unsustainable tactic for dealing with wildlife issues. They fail to address the root causes of conflict and only perpetuate a cycle of loss, as new wolves generally move into territory vacated by others. In addition, recent long-term research from the United States shows killing wolves at levels considered “sustainable” in fact increases livestock depredation the following year. It’s also been shown that wolves and other predators are crucial for maintaining health and balance within ecosystems.[1]

In dealing with conflicts with wildlife, nonlethal options exist and have proven successful for livestock producers. By reducing attractants, utilizing specific calving strategies, guard dogs, alarms, physical barriers (fencing, fladry) and rotating grazing sites, wolf predation can be significantly reduced or altogether eliminated.[2]

In conclusion, I am calling on you as the Minister of Environment to bring an end to the ill-informed, ineffective and unsustainable wolf cull, to publicly condemn culls as a wildlife management practice, and to investigate and implement the nonlethal tools and methods for addressing conflicts with wildlife outlined in this email and the following resources:

A Guide to Nonlethal Tools and Methods to Reduce Conflicts:

http://www.defenders.org/sites/default/files/publications/livestock_and_wolves.pdf

A Ranchers Guide: Coexistence Among Livestock People & Wolves:

http://media.wix.com/ugd/528f75_1d3ce70f887c40b390f54ab1b84ebc92.pdf


Sincerely, 

NAME

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Citations:

[1] http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0113505#s3

[2] http://www.defenders.org/sites/default/files/publications/livestock_and_wolves.pdf