Enhanced wolf harvest incentive program launched in North Slave Region

Yellowknife — February 5, 2019
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The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is announcing the creation of a new Wolf Harvest Incentive Area in the North Slave Region for the current winter season, effective immediately. Increased incentives will be offered for wolves harvested in this area as a way to support barren-ground caribou herd recovery and the traditional economy.

 

Payment has been increased to $900 per wolf carcass, plus $400 for a pelt prepared to traditional or taxidermy standards, and an additional $350 if the pelt meets the requirement of the prime fur bonus as part of the Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program (GMVFP).

 

The GNWT has been operating a wolf harvest program across the Northwest Territories since 2010, but despite incremental increases in incentives, did not see a large uptake by harvesters. The new increased incentives are in response to feedback from North Slave communities, who indicated that previous payments were not enough to incentivize wolf harvesting.

 

The new Wolf Harvest Incentive Area overlaps with the current wintering range of the Bathurst and Bluenose-East caribou herds, where tundra wolves are expected to be located with the migrating barren-ground caribou. Both caribou herds have shown dramatic population declines over the past several years. Focusing increased incentives on this area will encourage more wolves to be harvested where it will have the greatest impact on caribou herd recovery, while also increasing the likelihood of a successful harvest for hunters.

 

Carcasses collected through the program will be analyzed to improve our scientific understanding of wolves. Pelts harvested from the wolves may be sold at auctions as part of the GMVFP or privately by the harvester.

For more information on how to participate in the Enhanced Wolf Harvest Incentive Program, visit your local Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) office or go online to enr.gov.nt.ca.

 

Quotes

 

“The Government of the Northwest Territories is committed to working with co-management partners to make shared decisions that support caribou herd recovery across the North. Increasing existing incentives for wolf harvesting in the Bathurst and Bluenose-East caribou range will help to support the recovery of the declining herds while also enhancing the local traditional economy, facilitating scientific research, and creating educational opportunities for NWT students.”

-Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources

Quick facts

  • The GNWT has a number of programs in place to support local hunters, trappers and the traditional economy. One of these initiatives is an existing wolf harvesting incentive program, which supports the harvesting of wolves for fur.
  • Given the recent decline in barren-ground caribou populations, the GNWT has enhanced this program to encourage the harvesting of wolves on the winter range of the Bathurst and Bluenose-East herds.
  • This winter, the GNWT is establishing a new North Slave Wolf Harvest Incentives Area, where harvest incentives will be increased for the winter of 2018/19. This area overlaps with the current wintering range of the Bathurst and Bluenose-East caribou herds. Increased incentives will be offered for wolves harvested in this area.
  • Payment for wolves harvested in the new Wolf Harvest Incentive Area has been increased to $900 per wolf carcass, plus $400 for a pelt prepared to traditional or taxidermy standard, and an additional $350 if the pelt meets the requirement of the prime fur bonus as part of the Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program.
  • Existing incentives for wolves harvested outside of the new North Slave Wolf Harvest Area will remain in place as a way to continue to support the traditional economy across the NWT.

Relevant links

 

For more information, contact:

Environment and Natural Resources

Public Affairs and Communications

enr_communications@gov.nt.ca