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This is always a hot topic, but I am going to jump in anyway. I think that if the people who LIVE in the area don't want wolves introduced, their feelings should be considered. Apparently the people in that area don't want wolves around and are shooting them when they are seen, the DNR should just take the hint and let it die a quiet death. I for one like the idea of a few wolves being around, it is just nature, but that is just my feelings , if I lived in an area and had livestock, I probably would take a different view.

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If the wolf was driven out from its native range, I think it should be reintroduced. I don't think a species should be subject to extinction, if it can reasonably coexist with humans. The art is defining "reasonably"....

I don't think that ranchers should be forced to bear the cost of re-introducing a predator. Conservation and restoration is held to be in the "public's interests". Therefore the public should compensate the minority that its "interests" cause unusual cost.

In this case, it is reseasonable to compensate a rancher two times the market value of the livestock killed by a predator. Why two times? Somewhat arbitrary, but an attempt to recognize that losing livestock to a predator is not the same as selling it at market and therefore costs more to the rancher, so they should be compensated more.

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Bitmasher, extinction is a word that is used to create "emotions", some animals are, and should be extinct, it is a natural process of nature that has been occuring for years, and will always occur. We (mankind) try to change natures way, too often, it is just a fact of life that some species are destined for extinction, and this includes mankind.

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Yup, like $hit, extinction happens and yes some life forms could/should disappear and nobody would miss them (small pox is a good example). Extinction happens in the absence of people as well.

However, there are concrete studies showing that humanity (6 billion strong and still growing expotentially) is driving many species too hard. Furthermore, there is good evidence to suggest that the extinction of many species over the last few thousands years is precisely because of mankind (north american mega fauna comes to mind). In fact some studies suggests that overall biodiversity has not taken such a hard hit since the last comet ended the reign of dinosaurs. That's pretty serious....

There really isn't a right or wrong answer here, there is only what the majority of people will tolerate (if the majority even cares). Some people don't care if the only wildlife they see is at a zoo. I disagree and I think you do too, but its pretty much out of our hands, but only in our collective hands.

You do hit a good point with your last sentence. Debating extinction of other species is kind of a way of playing "mini-god", I say "mini" because we can control to a certain extent whether a species exists or doesn't. However we can't seem to control whether we exist. A stray asteriod could humble humans pretty quick...

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Extinction is a word used to stir emotions. The wolf will never be extinct unless you don't count Alaska, Canada, or Siberia as part of the world. The problem with the wolf in my state WI. is not their existence, but their over population.
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