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Biologist Bob Hayes condemns wolf predator control program

[large thumbnail url=”biologist-bob-hayes-condemns-wolf-predator-control-program” filename=”science” year=”2011″ month=”06″ day=”20″] [thumbnail icon url=”biologist-bob-hayes-condemns-wolf-predator-control-program” filename=”science” year=”2011″ month=”06″ day=”20″] Biologist Bob Hayes has killed 851 wolves and sterilized many others in the name of science and conservation biology. For nearly two decades, he thought he was doing what needed to be done to protect caribou, moose and other prey species in the Yukon Territory.

But two years ago, when Hayes was asked by a wildlife management organization whether killing wolves should be considered as a way of stopping the decline of one of the great caribou herds of the world, his answer was an emphatic “No.”

More recently, when he was asked whether there are circumstances in which predator control might be acceptable, Hayes answered in a similar way.

“I spent 18 years studying the effects of lethal wolf control on prey populations, says Hayes, whose self-published book, Wolves of the Yukon, is getting a lot of attention these days now that Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon are looking more and more to wolf control as a wildlife management tool.

“The science clearly shows killing wolves is biologically wrong.”

Read the entire article on edmontonjournal.com: Killing wolves “biologically wrong”

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