But, as we have learned about Mr. Mauro, facts don't always matter. He has to know what the rest of us know, and what the scientists who work in his own ministry know: that the causes of moose decline are multi-faceted. They result from various human activities and are not entirely understood, but have little to nothing to do with wolves or bears, and nothing at all to do with coyotes.
As Ann Bell of Ontario Nature put it, "Apex predators, keystone species, strongly interactive species-these are all metaphors used by scientists to convey a sense of the profoundly important role that wolves and coyotes play in maintaining the function, composition, and diversity of natural systems. Removing these animals, even locally, can lead to a cascade of problems including the rapid expansion of other species (e.g., deer), increased disease transmission (e.g., from deer to moose), and significant changes in vegetation (e.g., decline of plant species favoured by moose and deer)."
She knows that the government realizes "that letting more hunters randomly and opportunistically shoot more wolves and coyotes is highly unlikely to benefit moose." In fact, it says so in the government's own background document, and this was admitted by the biologists we talked to. So, why do it?