Fri 21 Dec 2012
The North Peace Rod and Gun Club and other sponsors have supported this contest for a number of years to encourage hunting on the agricultural landscape in the Peace Region. A healthy agricultural sector is essential to the future of wildlife in the area. Our objective in reducing wolf populations by hunting is intended to reduce both agricultural and wildlife losses.
Residents in the Peace Region are routinely seeing packs of 15-25 wolves up here. Wolves are effective and opportunistic predators that have had serious impacts on livestock, on the abundance of wildlife, and on domestic pets near urbanized areas.
We see that both the distribution and abundance of wolves in the region are increasing. It appears wolves are benefiting from large scale landscape alterations that have modified wildlife habitat in some areas. These changes can reduce cover for wildlife and at the same time increase access for wolves due to roads, seismic lines, and other linear developments. This gives the wolves an unnatural advantage. We have noticed that once the wolves have reduced ungulates in an area, they move on to the next easy prey.
This contest operates within rules of provincial legislation and regulations for hunting and gaming. All contestants must have a valid hunting license of which a portion of the fees goes to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation for wildlife habitat restoration and enhancement.
The contest has prizes for the largest and smallest wolf as well as a “hidden category” to encourage contestants to bring in all animals to provide an accurate total of wolves taken under this initiative. The greatest number of wolves taken under the contest in the past has been 13 animals from 45 contestants.
This contest does not jeopardize the sustainability of wolf populations. The objective is to reduce their numbers and predation impacts on domestic and wild animals in our region.