The Tłı̨chǫ and NWT governments have submitted a joint proposal to the Wek’éezhìi Renewable Resources Board to expand what is done to limit wolf numbers for the period between 2021 and 2024.

The plan is under review. The governments argue decreasing the number of wolves will give herds, whose numbers are critically low, a better chance to recover.

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From the CBC:

The government of the Northwest Territories and the Tłı̨chǫ government are planning to give more training to people interested in harvesting wolves on the winter ranges of the Bathurst and Bluenose-East caribou herds.

Earlier this year, the Wek’èezhìı Renewable Resources Board approved the territorial and Tłı̨chǫ governments’ plan to manage the wolf population as a pilot program. It centres around an incentive program for harvesters, who can qualify for at least $1,200 per wolf kill.

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From CKLB radio in Canada’s Northwest Territory:

The territorial government has awarded a second contract to continue shooting wolves from the air, this one worth $100,000.

The second contract, like the first, was awarded to Great Slave Helicopters, according to Open NWT. Combined, the contracts are worth $191,000 for about three weeks of aerial removal.

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From in Canada:

Bringing down wolf numbers is seen as necessary to help the threatened Bathurst and Bluenose-East caribou herds, each of which are in precipitous decline.

The Wek’èezhìı Renewable Resources Board last week approved a wolf culling proposal from the Tłı̨chǫ Government and NWT government, but accused both governments of unacceptable delay in coming up with a plan.

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From CBC:

Biologists in the N.W.T. are asking: where are the wolves?

That’s the question a proposed wolf collaring project aims to answer, as well as how wolves move between three threatened caribou herds on the central Barren Grounds.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty about the numbers of wolves on the central Barrens,” and how they move on caribou winter range, said Robert Mulders, the territorial carnivore biologist who applied for the research permit.

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