Death Confirmed as Continent's First Fatal Wolf Attack
Purdy , CanWest News Service
Friday, November 02, 2007
-- A coroner's inquest has found that Ontario student Kenton Carnegie
was killed by a pack of wolves in northern Saskatchewan two years ago,
making it the first documented case of fatal wolf attack in the wild in
parents shook hands and hugged the six jurors, some who were crying
Thursday after they delivered their verdict at a Prince Albert hotel.
The jurors sat through three days of testimony, looking at graphic
photos and listening to disturbing details of how Carnegie was likely
attacked and eaten. "I was saying I was sorry to them for what we had
to put them through," said Carengie's father, Kim, who is from Oshawa.
"They were saying, 'No, don't worry.'"
a 22-year-old engineering student on a work term from the University of
Waterloo, was last seen alive as he headed out for an afternoon hike
from the Points North Landing supply depot on Nov. 8, 2005. Points
North Landing is about 850 kilometres north of Saskatoon.
hours later, worried co-workers found the young man mauled to death in
the bush, less than a kilometre from the work camp.
no one witnessed the attack, searchers and local officials heard wolves
howling and saw their glowing eyes in the dark when they went to
retrieve the body, which was surrounded by wolf tracks in the snow.
Bite marks from wolves were also identified on his remains.
two animal experts debated during the inquest whether wolves or a bear
had first attacked and killed Carnegie.
Paquet, a carnivore expert in Saskatchewan, testified it was likely a
black bear. He said the pattern of the attack and the feeding and
dragging of the body was consistent with bear behaviour, not wolves.
McNay, a retired wildlife specialist from Alaska, said he had no doubt
that wolves killed Carnegie. No bear tracks were found near the body
and no bear had been spotted in the area for at least a month. Most
adult bears would also have been hibernating at the time.
that Carnegie's wolf-related death is official, his father said he
hopes people will give up any notion that wolves are cute and cuddly
wildlife. "Now people will say, 'Well, what about Kenton Carnegie, the
guy who died from a wolf attack?' " said Kim, sobbing and shaking. "We
wanted the truth to come out. We wanted the public to be aware."
well as confirming that a wolves killed the student, the jury also made
several recommendations that will be passed onto the Saskatchewan
government, including the need to establish safety standards at garbage
dumps where predatory animals like wolves and bears are found.
© CanWest News Service 2007
Killing Wolves to Save Caribou in
Alberta and BC
This morning, the BC government announced that it will remove bag
limits for wolves in this province in an effort to save the few
remaining caribou herds. This move has failed in the past, and is a
band-aid solution for what is really a human/caribou problem: caribou
are losing their habitat to humans. Wolves are an important predator
whose numbers are declining, too. The wolves and the caribou both need
British Columbia, wolves, bears, and cougars are under threat for the
Review Staff -November 1, 2006
Without some attempt to control the growth of
predator populations, British Columbia's beleaguered mountain caribou
will continue to decline in numbers, says an expert on the now rarely
"There have been complex shifts in the
predator-prey system," biologist Bruce McLellan said last Wednesday. "Without
some predator management some of the smaller groups will disappear." Responding
to questions at last week's conference on bears at the Community Centre
about the B.C. government's decision to use a number of different tools
- including predator controls - to improve the caribou's survival, he
said the shifts have been caused by both "climate change and changes in
the (ungulates') habitat."
"We have good data on caribou," McLellan said.
"Their numbers are going down fast and the further south you go the
faster they're going down." According
to Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell the province's mountain
caribou population can be preserved in at least part of its remaining
Rocky Mountain range without extensive new logging restrictions called
for by environmentalists.
Preserving the high-elevation caribou will likely
require some dwindling herds to be moved and some predators such as
cougars, wolves and bears to be killed, Bell said Tuesday as he
released the findings of a two-year study of the endangered animals by
scientists from B.C., Alberta and Idaho.
Bell said the population, which had dropped from
2,500 in 2005 to about 1,900 today, has actually increased by 69
animals in the past four years. The population has stabilized in
northern areas such as the Hart Ranges east of Prince George, where the
herd has increased to more than 700. But the
caribou have all but disappeared from some of the province's management
zones, with none in the Mount Robson zone on the Alberta border, two in
the Kinbasket zone northeast of Revelstoke, and eight in the South
Monashee, west of Nelson.
Mountain caribou have become a symbol for
environmental groups of depletion of old-growth forests in the region.
The Western Canada Wilderness Committee points out that they have
disappeared from half of their historic territory.
You can find the full report on the government
Website at www.gov.bc.ca.
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Bush Administration's Wolf-Killing Plans
2008 Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC)
For the second time in a month, the Bush
Administration has taken aim at endangered wolves in Greater
Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies.
Yesterday the administration announced plans to
strip the region's 1,500 wolves of protection under the Endangered
Species Act. Just last month, the administration handed down a new
License to Kill rule that would allow Wyoming and Idaho to slaughter
hundreds of wolves by hunting, trapping and aerial gunning.
Our partner organization, the Natural Resources
Defense Council, has already filed suit in federal court to block the
License to Kill rule. And NRDC responded immediately to this news by
announcing a second lawsuit that will challenge the plan to drop wolves
from the endangered species list.
Meanwhile, the NRDC Action Fund is responding by
stepping up our mobilization campaign by sounding the media alarm and
building unstoppable public pressure on Congress to take action in
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The Bush Administration has launched this newest
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. . and despite the fact that wolves have NOT fully recovered in the
Stripping wolves of their federal protection will
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extermination campaigns at the behest of special interests, including
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By unleashing this wolf-killing machine, the Bush
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of the Endangered Species Act: the return of the gray wolf to
Yellowstone and its surrounding wildlands.
We must not let that happen! I know you'll continue
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a future for America's wolves.
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