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A wolf in Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Canada, where wolves have survived for thousands of years by feeding on the local buffalo herds.

The B.C. government has no plans for a wolf cull or bounty, despite concerns in the cattle industry and among some first nations that the predator population is out of control.

A draft management plan released Wednesday estimates there are 8,500 grey wolves in B.C. now, compared with 8,100 in 1991, and found that the number of wolves being hunted annually has risen significantly in recent years. The plan suggests only that the province investigate a statistical model to help officials make decisions about potential for pack culls in the future.

Kevin Boon, president of the B.C. Cattlemen's Association, said the draft plan is a start, if one that "is maybe a little bit soft in its approach in some areas."

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