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Pukaskwa National Park wolves threatened by new logging road



A proposed logging road to be built in the White River Forest threatens Pukaskwa National Park’s wolf population.
Parks Canada authorities and researchers believe that the road poses a significant threat to Pukaskwa’s wolf population and have requested the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) to prohibit public access with gates and physical barriers.
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Address:
401 Richmond St. West. Suite 410
Toronto , M5V 3A8
Canada
Contact Person: Melissa Tkachyk
Phone: 416-599-0152
Fax: 416-340-2429
E-Mail: melissa@earthroots.org
Website: http://www.wolvesontario.org/wolves/action/alerts.shtml
   


Detailed Information:
The proposed logging road to be built by forestry giant Domtar Inc. in the White River Forest will cut through an extensive wilderness corridor along the park’s northern boundary and will intersect the territories of four wolf packs and an important Woodland Caribou Recovery zone. Caribou, a provincially threatened species and wolves depend on large tracts of contiguous roadless wilderness to survive.

Along with increased traffic of logging trucks, this road will open up a previously remote area to public motorized access. Parks Canada authorities and researchers believe that the road poses a significant threat to Pukaskwa’s wolf population and have requested the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) to prohibit public access with gates and physical barriers.

The OMNR has refused to implement even these minimum controls to protect the park’s wolves from hunting, trapping and vehicle collisions. The OMNR is not convinced that access restrictions such as gates and signs are needed and will only take action to protect wolves once there is clear evidence that the population is in trouble. By the time this government is convinced, it could be too late!



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