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14 February 2001 Issue
Wolves Ontario!

from info@wolvesontario.org

Earthroots a non-profit, grassroots, environmental organization dedicated to protecting wilderness, wildlife and watersheds through research, education and action. Our newest campaign is focused on the status of wolves in Ontario.

The goals of the Wolves Ontario! project are the following:
* to raise public awareness of the current situation of Ontario wolf populations
* to actively engage the public in the campaign
* to make the Ontario government change current policies governing wolves and wolf hunting in the province.

Through public advocacy, we hope to achieve meaningful legislative protection for wolves and their habitat.

The reason for alarm is that wolf "control" programs based on irrational fears have led to virtual extirpation of the wolf from the lower 48 states in the US and significantly decreased wolf populations in Canada. In Ontario, wolves continue to be hunted and trapped year round, for there is currently no management plan or governmental policy in place to protect wolves in Ontario.

With an open season and no bag limits on wolves, and the fact that farmers do not need a license or a reason to trap or hunt wolves on their property, these creatures are in a perilous position.

In order to achieve this protection, we are encouraging local community action which is essential to achieving legitimate wolf protection in Ontario. Community coordinators are needed to distribute information about the Wolves Ontario! project, organize local letter-writing campaigns, and educate their friends and neighbors and about the dire situation that wolves face in Ontario.

If you are interested in helping us with this campaign, we will provide you with Wolves Ontario! factsheets, postcards, action alerts and sample "letters to the editor" and advice that you can use to mobilize your community for the wolves. Information can be handed out to friends, family and colleagues, and dropped off at library and community centers.

See www.wolvesontario.org/wolves/action/kit.html for more information and to request a kit online. Alternatively you can email or phone us at info@earthroots.org or 416-599-0152.

Wolves Ontario!
A Project of Earthroots
401 Richmond St. West
Suite 410
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3A8
Canada

www.wolvesontario.org
www.earthroots.org 

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