A wolf hunt project in Saskatchewan is being expanded. The goal is to reduce the wolf population in two wildlife management zones to help livestock producers deal with predation.
If successful, officials hope to see the wolf population pushed back into the forest and away from farms and ranches.
“We recognize livestock predation caused by wolves is still a significant challenge for producers in some areas and there is a need to extend the program for another year and expand it to an additional zone,” said Environment Minister Herb Cox.
“This program is another tool to help control the wolf population and address predation issues in these areas.”
The wolf hunt will run from Dec. 15, 2015 until March 31, 2016 and is restricted to wildlife management zones (WMZ) 49 and 53. WMZ 49 is in the Weekes and Hudson Bay area while WMZ 53 is in the Big River and Shellbrook area.
Only 200 licences, which will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, are available. Each licence will allow the holder to harvest two wolves.
Licence holders will be required to fill out a reporting sheet and report the results of their hunt as a condition of receiving a permit.
Wolves are considered a big game species and all regulations around weapon type, clothing requirements and baiting apply to the hunt.