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Wolves good for U.S. parks, report says

Another report stating that wolves would be good for the national parks by controlling elk (and presumably deer herds).

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/02/02/wolves.ecosystem.control.cl...

What's curious is that hunters (the human kind) are never mentioned for bringing herd counts down. I don't understand why the Parks are so obstinate about not allowing human hunters in to better manage elk and deer populations.

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Re: Wolves good for U.S. parks, report says

I just don't believe it. CNN has managed to put their own spin on this.

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Furthermore, wolf populations have been found to provide recreational and economic benefits. A 2006 study reported that wolves in Yellowstone National Park increased visitor numbers and expanded ecotourism spending by $35 million in 2005.

And how exactly do you determine that wolves are the sole reason for ecotourism bringing in $35 million? I love Yellowstone, but I can tell you that wolves are not the only or even primary reason I like to go there. And what will the national parks do when the wolves get out of hand? And have eaten themselves out of house and home? They most certainly won't call in hunters to help them out! They will then go to plan B and try to figure out how to give all the wolves birth control!!

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Re: Wolves good for U.S. parks, report says

Typical spin from the "Clinton News Network." Mad angry Censored

"The authors also propose the use of barriers, both real and virtual (where collared animals receive an electric shock when approaching a buried wire) to act as a further safeguard to populations running out of control."

I guess they'll try to collect the extra $35 million by instituting a WASTE(Wolfs Again Simply Trespass Everywhere) tax. I know, corny. But you know where I'm going with this post. They have to do something to raise the money to bury wire, provide shock collars, maintenance of both and people to man the border of the park. I suggest they save money by posting the "authors of the study" around the perimeter of the park to a corral the wolves as they try to exit in search of easier prey. Give them stun guns, radios and GPS trackers so they can be ahead of the wolves and be in position when the wolves try to leave the park. Seems like a simple proposition to me. Oh-yea, may be a little more difficult to execute than proposed. The authors should be forbidden from writing this kind of irresponsible crap.

The US Fish & Game released Red Wolves onto an island refuge here in eastern NC several years ago. They said the wolves would be contained b/c the river was too wide to swim and the wolves wouldn't cross on the bridge. Guess they didn't give the wolves enough credit as they have been caught in traps and mistakenly shot more than 100 miles from their release location.

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Re: Wolves good for U.S. parks, report says

I'm sure that wolves play an important role in ecology and the balance of nature. But, important or not, it's kinda hard to explain that to or justify it to ranchers in the area. As far as controlling the populations of elk and deer in a national park I think the states could bring in a lot of revenue if they close the parks to the general (non-hunting) public for a month during the season and allow hunters to buy tags for the area and hunt it. Rocky Mountain National Park has had such a problem with over population of elk that they were roaming through the town of Estes Park and becoming a road hazard with in the last couple years. It's been a recurring problem for decades in that area. Instead of allowing the public to hunt the national park, the state decided to pay top dollar to sharp shooters to cull the herds within the park. Leave it to the government to work real hard finding a lose-lose outcome to a simple problem. And they want to run our health care system? Confused

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Re: Wolves good for U.S. parks, report says

What fascinated me about this report is that it explicitly states that wolves are potent population control. Coronation Island has an interesting history and is worth reading if your into predator-prey relationships.

http://www.gi.alaska.edu/ScienceForum/ASF16/1684.html

Does anyone else see the paradox here? The article basically says that wolves are awesome at containing elk/deer counts, but then when hunters complain about elk numbers being way down in regions (MT or ID) near where wolves are active, the reason elk numbers are down is "climate" related or people related or something else. No sir, couldn't be the wolves... Think

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Re: Wolves good for U.S. parks, report says

I dont care what people say or what numbers they make up, wolves are not a good thing in our rocky mountains this day in age. wolves were put here for a reason in the past which was to control population #'s. with mans advancement west over the years we consumed the land and built homes all across the country taking away most of the land that our animals inhabited. there is just no room for wolves now. man controlls animal populations very successfully now and to add this vicious kill to kill critter back into our forests we are signing a death wish for our deer and elk. Wolves ARE needed in canada still where the land is almost all wild. but here there is no need. then you look at how quick wolves move about the country and how fast they reproduce. this creates a danger to humans. wolves wont stop moving or killing. look at coyotes, i live in denver colorado and see two or three coyotes a night. they only eat the dogs and cats in the neighborhood and pose no threat to people but if there were wolves in our cities think about the nightly news on t.v. "another child attacked by wolf". if that happened then the tree huggers would be begging at the feet of hunters to take care of these animals. plus the wolves they re-introduced here are NOT the wolves native to these parts. these wolves are bigger and meaner than the ones we once had roaming our mountains. I better stop now, i could go on about this forever I HATE WOLVES!!!! we just dont need them and we cannot support these nasty animals in what little wild land we have left. Censored Censored Censored Censored

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