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The Northwest Territories government is increasing rewards for hunters who kill wolves around Wekweeti, N.W.T. The Enhanced North Slave Wolf Harvest pilot project launched last week. It establishes a wolf management area where hunters can kill animals and return them to the territorial government for rewards of up to $1,650. In recent years, monitoring has shown it is likely wolves preying on caribou is contributing to population decline, said Bruno Croft, a superintendent and biologist with the environment department. If wolves that are harvested meet taxidermy and traditional standards, hunters could get a cheque for up to $1,650. This includes $900 per carcass, plus $400 for a pelt and an extra $350 if the pelt is sold at auction for more than $200. Taxidermy standards require that the nose and lips are carefully skinned, and material is left around the eyes, ears, lips and anal opening. To meet traditional standards, the feet and head can be cut off, and blood or dirt must be washed out before the pelt is dried. The pilot program is set to end in mid-April, after which the government may release the number of wolves killed, said Croft. "It's hard to say at this time what we will see in terms of numbers [of wolves]," he said.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/wolf-incentive-program-northwest-territories-1.5016540
 
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