Many respondents opposed the proposal. These comments were predominantly form letters submitted by email. There were also three petitions submitted opposing the proposal with over 200,000 signatures combined.
Comments opposing the proposal included the following:
• that the proposal is a predator control strategy that reverses steps taken in recent years to protect wolves in general;
• it does not adequately protect Eastern Wolves;
• that predation is not the cause of the moose decline and the proposal won’t benefit moose populations broadly;
• elimination of the seal requirement in the north results in less revenue for MNRF that could be used to address wildlife management concerns;
• it results in less useful harvest monitoring data; and
• opposition to hunting and trapping in general.
Those who supported the proposal cited potential benefits to moose populations in some areas, reductions in wolf/coyote conflicts and the need to take actions to address predators to complement other strategies to reduce moose harvest. Some individuals that supported the proposal suggested MNRF should further liberalize wolf harvest by eliminating limits, or eliminating the seal requirement in more areas in central Ontario. Commenters who supported the proposal (as well as a few who opposed changes to wolf harvest management) generally supported decoupling wolf and coyote management in northern Ontario.