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Action Alert: Wolves targeted & sterilized to boost elk hunt

Defenders of Wildlife Canada

The province of Alberta and the University of Alberta have begun a research project that will kill all pups and subordinate animals and sterilize the surviving alpha pair in a number of wolf packs (see article below and research summary, attached).

This follows at least two years of the local fish and game association offering "bounties" for wolves killed in the same region to boost elk numbers (see attached news article).

We have not received responses from the University or the Province regarding wolf numbers, elk trends, causal analysis or other factors.

If you are so inclined, we are confident that the principals involved (see list at end of this message) are eager to hear from you.

Best regards,
Jim Pissot
Defenders of Wildlfie Canada

Calgary Herald - March 6, 2008

Wolves targeted to boost elk hunt
Sterilization part of Alberta experiment to shrink packs

Dr. Evelyn Merrill (research co-sponsor)
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
University of Alberta
B 310, Biological Sciences Building
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E9
(780) 492-2842
emerrill [at] ualberta [dot] ca

Ted Morton
Minister, ASRD
420 Legislature Building
10800 97 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2B6
(780) 415-4815
foothills [dot] rockyview [at] assembly [dot] ab [dot] ca

Dr. Indira Samarasekera
President, University of Alberta
3-1 University Hall
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2J9
(780) 492-3212
uofapres [at] ualberta [dot] ca

Gregory Taylor
Dean, University of Alberta, Faculty of Science
CW223 Biological Sciences Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E9
gregory [dot] taylor [at] ualberta [dot] ca
(780) 492-4757

Laura Frost, Department Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
CW 405, Biological Sciences Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E9
(780) 492-0672
laura [dot] frost [at] ualberta [dot] ca

Dr. Anne Hubbs (research co-sponsor)
Senior Wildlife Biologist (of the region in question)
Fish & Wildlife Division, ASRD
2nd floor, Provincial Bldg., 4919-51 Street
Box 1720
Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1B3
(403) 845-8235, (403) 846-6558 (cell)
anne [dot] hubbs [at] gov [dot] ab [dot] ca

Ron Bjorge (head of provincial Fish & Wildlife)
Executive Director
Wildlife Management Branch, ASRD
2nd fl Great West Life Building
9920 - 108 Street
Edmonton, AB T5K 2M4
(780) 427-9503
ron [dot] bjorge [at] gov [dot] ab [dot] ca

Ed Stelmach
Premier, Province of Alberta
307 Legislature Building
10800 97 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6
(780) 427-2251
Fax: (780) 427-1349
premier [at] gov [dot] ab [dot] ca

Ian Syme
Chief Park Warden, Banff National Park
Box 900
Banff AB T1L 1K2
(403) 762-1481
Ian [dot] Syme [at] pc [dot] gc [dot] ca

Dr. Paul Paquet (wolf biologist)
Box 150
125 Second Avenue
Meacham, SK S0K 2V0

Maurice Nadeau
President, Alberta Fish & Game Association
6924 - 104 Street
Edmonton AB T6H 2L7
Office [at] afga [dot] org

James Pissot, MSc
Executive Director, Defenders of Wildlife Canada
Canada Field Representative, Defenders of Wildlife

PO Box 40001, Canmore, AB T1W 3H9
Tel: 403-678-0016 | Fax: 403-678-0016 (call first)
jpissot [at] defenders [dot] org
Article: Sundre - Wolf kill program about conservation, 20 Feb 200731.5 KB
Research Summary: Webb-Merrill wolf experiment January 200852.5 KB

Posted March 7, 2008 by Anonymous

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