RMNP Not Required to Introduce Wolves
Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is not required to introduce wolves to cut down elk herds according to Federal Judge Marcia Krieger. Several years ago environmental group WildEarth Guardians sued the park service over its plans to use sharp shooters to reduce elk herds in RMNP rather than introduce sterilized wolves. Courthouse News Service has a write up on the ruling and history of the case.
The National Park Service did not violate federal law when it dismissed a plan to release a pack of sterile gray wolves in Rocky Mountain National Park to help thin a burgeoning and destructive elk population, a federal judge ruled. In the absence of natural predators, elk herds in the Colorado park have swelled, leading to overgrazing of the land and increased risk of disease. Park officials have explored ways to control the population over the past several years, ultimately deciding to allow authorized hunters to cull the herd.