SCI Canada Opposes Uplisting of Eastern Wolf

Canada’s federal wildlife management department, Environment and Climate Change Canda, has proposed to list the “Eastern Wolf” as a threatened species under Canada’s Species at Risk Act, which is similar to the U.S. Endangered Species Act.  A threatened listing would prohibit Eastern Wolf hunting on federal lands and likely would impact coyote hunting as well, due to similarity of appearance.  SCI Canada submitted a comment letter in opposition to the proposed uplisting.  No evidence suggests that the Eastern Wolf is declining in population; rather, the latest studies conclude that the total population is stable.  Thus, a threatened listing is unwarranted.  Further, the proposal does not adequately explain the impacts that a threatened listing would have on hunting, including for coyotes and other species.