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Poisoning wolves with strychnine is unacceptable in experimental studies and conservation programmes



To reduce predation on a woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) population threatened by industrial disturbance, a recent study in Alberta (Canada) used strychnine baits to kill wolves (Canis lupus). Strychnine should not be used to control wolves because it is: (1) inhumane; (2) in contravention of animal welfare guidelines; and (3) non-selective.


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Poisoning wolves with strychnine is unacceptable in experimental studies and conservation programmes



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