Stop Poisoning Canada’s Wolves

Target: Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, Canada

Goal: Stop using strychnine to poison and kill wolves.

Approximately 19 wolves are killed each year by strychnine poisoning in Alberta, and government documents have recently come to light that allege the province is failing to adhere to federal instructions regulating the use of the toxin. Call on the federal government to review Alberta’s use of strychnine and ensure proper procedures are being followed.

Strychnine is a dangerous toxin that causes excruciating death and is banned in many places around the world. It also has the potential of poisoning other animals and the environment through second-hand contamination. Government records appear to show that active sites baited with strychnine were not checked adequately, and that 20 percent of sites that had been closed were not cleaned up for nearly 3 months. These records also suggest that while only 12 baits are allowed at each site, up to 20 baits have been used at a single station.

While denying these allegations, Alberta officials have been quoted claiming that more non-wolves are killed than wolves by strychnine, and this mismanagement is unacceptable. Since the Canadian government feels compelled to use this highly controversial substance, then provinces must be held accountable for allegedly violating regulations governing its use. Demand that the government stop poisoning wolves and the environment.


Dear Honourable Hajdu,

It has recently been brought to your attention that the Alberta government might not be following federal regulations on the proper use of strychnine to kill wolves at remote locations. I urge you to take these allegations seriously and review Alberta’s use of this dangerous toxin.

While only 12 baits are allowed per site, up to 20 baits were apparently used at some locations. Furthermore, while active bait sites must be checked every 7 days for site cleanup and carcass removal, government records appear to show the average time frame was 9 days, and even up to 2 weeks. As strychnine has the potential to contaminate other animals and the environment, it is concerning that closed sites might not have been cleaned up for nearly 3 months following their closure. Some reasons attributed to the alleged failure to meet appropriate time frames are that remote sites are only accessible via air and that local flooding caused issues. If federal regulations cannot be met, the use of strychnine in such areas needs to be reevaluated.

Many places around the world ban the use of strychnine. Since the Canadian government feels compelled to allow the use of such a dangerous substance, provinces and municipalities must be held accountable if proper protocols are not followed. Please take this matter seriously and review Alberta’s use of strychnine in wolf control.


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