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Gray wolves no longer safeguarded

As reported by officials at the United States Department of Interior Wed, the Gray Wolf no longer needs protection. It will be removed from the Endangered Species List. Source of article: Gray Wolves taken off Endangered Species List

Just how long have they been on the list?

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service have invested tens of millions of dollars trying to shield wolves and help them survive for the last four decades. This protection has been done in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and other states. As reported by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar:

“Once again, the Endangered Species Act has proved to be an effective tool for bringing species back from the brink of extinction. Thanks to the work of our scientists, wildlife managers, and our state, tribal, and stakeholder partners, gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region are now fully recovered and healthy.”

Original endangered goals

The number of gray wolves in the United States has grown five times since they were put on the Endangered Species List in 1974. With over 4,000 wolves in the monitored states, there are more than enough to obtain them off of the list. Five western states have had the wolves delisted recently too. The formal delisting will not take place until Jan while the population will still be monitored for a few more years.

The hunting of wolves

The lifted protection could pave the way for wolf hunting seasons, to be regulated state by state. The hunting of wolves by ranchers safeguarding their livestock depleted the wolf population substantially in the past.

With the lifting of restrictions, it is now legal to kill and trap wolves in Montana and Idaho. Local officials are seeking to lower their numbers to minimize attacks on elk herds and farm animals from the predators. Several fear this trend may lead to a repeat of the past as wolf packs dwindle.

Collette Adkins Giese of the Center for Biological Diversity said:

“Wolf recovery in the Midwest has been a tremendous success, but the job is far from complete. The three Great Lakes states with wolves all plan to kill more wolves and to reduce populations through hunts and other means. Wolves remain threatened by human intolerance and persecution. More should be done to help people live with wolves and increase tolerance before protections are removed.”

Wolves in new areas

Some would like to see the wolves caught and relocated to areas where they can thrive and not be hunted. Wide unpopulated regions in the Rockies and the Northwest are ideal places for the wolves, some say.

Ed Bangs used to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serve as a biologist. He said:

“Wolves, next to people, are one of the most adaptable animals in the world. The key with wolves is it’s all about human tolerance.”

Sources

UPI: http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2011/12/21/Gray-wolves-taken-off-endange...

CBS: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57346209/gray-wolves-soon-to-fend-fo...

MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45751709/ns/us_news-environment/#.TvJqEWWP-_0

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About Time!!  I live in the

About Time!!  I live in the northern edge of Michigans' Upper Peninsula and there are way more wolves than are needed for a sustainable population.  I don't have a problem with the reintroduction of wolves but they need to be controled!  Most wolves around where I live are  not particularly afraid of humans because they are seldom harassed by man and can be quite bold. I won't go into the woods with out a firearm around here.  They have definitly reduced deer populations in the Upper Peninsula, which can be stressed badly by heavy snow depths many winters. Many hunters have had their dogs killed by wolves and many farmers are losing livestock. There are growing numbers of locals adopting the shoot, shovel and shutup practice of wolf control, because the DNR has been unable to adequatly address the issue while the wolves were listed as endangered. I know of one pack that was eliminated by locals under the three s's policy.

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I'm a testy old fart, or at

I'm a testy old fart, or at least I act like one, and believe that the only good wolf is a dead wolf in the lower 48.

Wolves bring a fevor and passion out in me reserved for no other animal. Simply put, legal or not, I will kill any wolf I see by whatever means at my disposal in the lower 48. I see wolf reitroduction as a waste of taxpayer dollars that is ill thought out and not well planned.

Cattle, sheep, deer, elk, antelope all have my respect and admiration. Wolves have only my loathing.

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As a cattle producer

As a cattle producer, I guess I would kill every one that I saw. There are no wolves where I live so it's not really an issue. I have never lost a calf to any predator but I know if I did, I would declare war. I sympathize with you in wolf country.

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Not a very smart post there

Not a very smart post IMHO there BikeRN!!!  If you intend to do anything illegal, it would probably be best to shut your yapper about it, LOL!

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First you will have to prove

First you will have to prove I did it.

Second I avoid areas with wolves just because of what you are trying to insinuate. Unless some bunny cop makes up a case based on lies and bogus truths I'm in the clear.

 

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