Alberta, Canada has been poisoning its wolves since 2005 as part of their “caribou recovery strategy”. The International Fund for Animal Wildlife recently supported a study on the public acceptability of predator control in Alberta, and found that only 4% of people accept the use of strychnine poison to kill wolves.
There was little evidence of a “rural / urban divide” in opinion on this matter. Further, most respondents did not see wolves or grizzly bears as important factors in the decline of caribou, and do not accept reducing predators in caribou habitat as acceptable approaches to caribou recovery. In fact,predation by bears and wolves was viewed as the least important factor in caribou decline, with most respondents stating they believed that logging and recreational vehicles were more important.
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