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Wolf Awareness uses the results of scientific research as a knowledge base for educational and public outreach programs. We have also played an active role in influencing public policies pertaining to wolf conservation.
Two projects are currently underway, both of which involve research and outreach:
Chilcotin Wolf Feeding Ecology Study
This project is the first study of wolves in the remote Brittany Triangle (largely protected) and Nemaiah Valley, where there exists a small human population and some ranching. The Brittany Triangle is also home to wild horses. Researchers are analyzing wolf scat and using stable isotopes from wolf guard hair to better understand the dietary habits of wolves in these adjacent areas.
This research will help to fill an important knowledge gap about predator – prey interactions among wolves, wild horses and domestic livestock. Accurate information will aid our efforts to foster coexistence among wolves and people as we combine science with community – level outreach goals that will allow for co – existence between domestic cattle, horses and wolves in the available landscape without detrimental effects to any species…
AB Bounty Project: Fostering Coexistence to Maintain Ecological Integrity
In Alberta, bounties to control wolves and coyotes have been implemented since 2007 under the pretense of minimizing livestock depredation. In the last 5 years, more than 1,400 wolves and 25,000 coyotes have been killed by bounty hunters.
Although bounties are known to be an ineffective management practice, they are maintained by some Alberta municipalities under the pretense of reducing livestock depredation by wolves and coyotes. However, there are no data ascertaining the municipalities’ claims, and the persistence of bounties in rural regions is anecdotal rather than science or fact-based.
On the basis of small scale surveys and unscientific extrapolations, Alberta Beef Producers claim high annual losses to predation, primarily from wolves and coyotes. The fact is that there are no data ascertaining such claims, and the persistence of bounties in rural regions is largely based on perceptions rather than facts.
This project aims to assess the importance of livestock in the diet of wolves and coyotes in areas where small farms and ranches abut upon or are near wilderness areas in northeast Alberta, and provide education to both public and producers about non-lethal methods for preventing conflicts and deterring natural predators, (ie. methods of co-existence) as well as the ecological values of wolves and coyotes.
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