Alberta gives the wolf no protection to begin with. Elk populations in the area are high, and it is questionable whether this is research. This is not a huge wolf killing/sterilization project, but it could devolve into such a project.
The major newspapers don’t like it.
Wolves targeted to boost elk hunt. Sterilization part of Alberta experiment to shrink packs. Cathy Ellis, For the Calgary Herald.
Editorial. Culling wolves so hunters can cull elk. The Edmonton Journal.
Keep researchers at bay. Calgary Herald
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The first wave of wolves to Yellowstone and Central Idaho (1995) came from this area.