Removing wolves to protect caribou

The Northwest Territories are beginning an aerial wolf removal operation as part of a plan to conserve struggling caribou populations. The five-year plan seeks to remove 80% of the wolves (Canis lupus) from the winter ranges of the Bathurst and Bluenose-East caribou (Rangifer tarandus) herds. The government plans to remove 27 to 37 wolves from the Bathurst herd’s winter range and 66 to 90 wolves from the Bluenose-East winter range.

“We hope we’ll see a response which will lead to an overall population recovery,” Brett Elkin, acting assistant deputy minister for the Northwest Territories Department of Environment, told the CBC.

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Header Image: A gray wolf searches for prey in the Northwest Territories. ©Scott Lough