The comments were generally opposed to the proposal. Those in favour of more protection for Algonquin Wolf suggested removing the exemption relating to hunting or trapping Algonquin Wolf outside of the species’ core areas, and comments were received that indicated concern that the amendments would remove the full protection of the ESA for the 2015 and 2016 listed species. In addition to those supporting more protection for Algonquin Wolf, comments were received indicating concern that the protections may impact the ability to protect livestock or property, and may lead to an increase in livestock and wildlife interactions. Some stakeholders disagree that the Algonquin Wolf is a species, or perceive the species to be locally abundant and therefore not at risk.
The Ministry recognizes a number of the challenges that were noted in the comments received. These regulatory measures are an interim approach to help support the protection and recovery of Algonquin Wolf while the government seeks broader input from stakeholders and the public through the recovery planning process and prepares a government response statement as required under the Endangered Species Act.
The following web-links provide additional information.
Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario:
Endangered Species Act, 2007:
Ontario Regulation 242/08 regulatory amendment (O. Reg. 308/16):
Ontario Regulation 230/08:
Environmental Registry posting of the amended SARO List: visit www.ontario.ca/environmentalregistry and search #012-7721
Environmental Registry posting of decision notice relating to amendments to Ontario’s Open Season Regulation: visit www.ontario.ca/environmentalregistry and search #012-8104
MNRF Species at Risk Website: