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Wolves removed from endangered list and will now be hunted

By Gary Bogue
Friday, February 22nd, 2008 at 7:40 am in Animal Activists, Animal Politics, Endangered species, Hunting, Wolves.

This information has been compiled from Associated Press stories. Sarcastic asides are mine.

Gray wolves in the Northern Rockies will be removed from the endangered species list, following a 13-year restoration effort that helped the animal’s population soar, federal officials said Thursday. An estimated 1,500 wolves now roam Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

The feds giveth … and the feds taketh away.

“Gray wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains are thriving and no longer require the protection of the Endangered Species Act,” said Interior Deputy Secretary Lynn Scarlett. “The wolf’s recovery in the Northern Rocky Mountains is a conservation success story.”

The restoration effort, however, has been unpopular with ranchers and many others in the three states since it began in the mid-1990s, and today some state leaders want the population thinned significantly. The states could allow hunters to target the animals as soon as this fall. That angers environmental groups, which plan to sue over the delisting and say it’s too soon to remove federal protection.

“The enduring hostility to wolves still exists,” said Earthjustice attorney Doug Honnold, who is preparing the lawsuit. “We’re going to have hundreds of wolves killed under state management. It’s a sad day for our wolves.”

Management … a.k.a. hunting.

Wildlife agencies in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming have already begun crafting rules for wolf hunts. Officials say the hunts will be similar to those for other big game species such as mountain lions and black bears.

Oh, boy … new hunting revenue for the states. That’s why they helped the wolf population to recover, right?

Here are some reactions to the decision to remove wolves from the endangered species list, also compiled from the Associated Press:

** “This announcement is great news. It signals that the state’s work has paid off and we’re ready to assume the full responsibilities of managing wolves.” (Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal)

** “Far more wolves are needed before the species can be considered truly recovered.” (Louisa Wilcox, senior wildlife advocate for Natural Resources Defense Council)

** “We reached the delisting goals in the recovery plan years ago, and Idaho is ready to manage wolves. Unfortunately, if history is a guide, radical preservationists will sue the federal government over this decision.” ( U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho)

** “Unfortunately, the current state plans seem designed to lead only to the dramatic decline and need for quick relisting of the wolf. That’s not in anyone’s best interest.” (Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife)

So how do you feel about wolves being taken off the endangered species list so they can be managed (hunted)? Please add your comments below. /Gary

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  1. takeiteasy Says:

    I’m not suprised by this. The country as we know it today was built by inhumanity. No matter how many petitions we sign, how many letters we send, it all falls on deaf ears. The government continues to deaf-icate on its people. Murdering of wolves is just another example of its cruelty.

  2. Pat in Antioch Says:

    I’m not surprised either…….how sad!! I don’t suppose there’s anything we can do? (You’re right about the above Takeiteasy!)

  3. Maggie Says:

    How do I feel about delisting wolves? Sick. Why did this country spend all that money to bring them back only to slaughter them? This is solely about ranching interests continuing to produce policy for the entire country. I’m so sick of them. They graze their animals on public lands that belong to all of us and they get to shoot predators at will. They also get to have bison who leave Yellowstone killed even though there has not been a single documented case of Bison spreading Bruscillious (sorry for the mis-spelling) to cattle.You should also be aware of the USDA’s misnamed “Wildlife Services” division which uses our taxes to wage war on predators, again for the ranchers, using poison, traps, explosives. Check out to learn more about this awful policy and how you can do something about it. All I can do now is send money to one of the groups preparing the lawsuit on behalf of wolves and pray that they can keep this in limbo until the current anti-conservation administration is gone. It cannot come soon enough and wonder what other horrors they will inflict on the natural world in the time they have left…probably it will be a refusal to protect the polar bears. Also, if we want this kind of pandering to cattle ranchers to stop, we really really need to stop eating beef – that would go further then just about anything to protect wildlife,not to mention the environment! Beef production consumes more natural resources then just about anything!!!

  4. hounddog Says:

    I think that people like maggie here have probably never been affected by predators, and probably just sit at home mending here bleeding heart. Lets realize that management (or hunting if you will) is vital to healthy animal populations. Also, %90 of the money that pays for all conservation programs are through license and tag revenues paid for by hunters. As a predator hunter, both privately and for Fish and Game, I have seen mountain lions (our version of the wolf) kill horses, goats, sheep, dogs, pigs (feral and domestic), and cattle. I have seen these kills and have spent a good portion of my life studying these amazing animals. This is not some statistic i pulled off a PETA website. Predators, wether lions, wolves, bears, or coyotes, need to be managed. This is not just an issue of a few ranchers lose some stock and lets open season, but an issue of management of healthy deer populations, as well as prey animals predators feed on. Wild animal populations are in a constant state of flux if you take humans out of the equation. Rains come, grass grows, deer eat and multiply, deer population soars, lion eats deer, lion multiply, lion population soars. then comes the part nobody seems to get and why management (hunting) works so well. Lion populations soar, deer populations decline, lions die! we keep everyone consistent. An adult lion will kill a deer once every 2-3 days, minimum! A female with cubs may kill more than that. I have no problem with that, but throw some easy kills in there, like… say… 50 sheep in a 10 acre field and a lion will kill for fun just like your house cat. That is where predator management comes in. Lions that are afraid of people do not come into your yard and eat your livestock or your children (i have trailed 2 lions out of school yards with my hounds, on 2 seperate occasions. betcha didn’t hear that one on the news in San Fran). they are smart. deer don’t shoot at them. this works and it works with all predators, and it is what folks in ID, MT, and WY are wanting for the wolf. you don’t have to do it, but please stand aside for those of us who can. I still love animals and do sit all day watching them and appreciating them, but when the need arises i kill them as quickly and humanely as possible. hunters are not into excess. we kill only what we need to, otherwise we will have nothing left to hunt. sorry if that makes no sense to you, but we are not all the same. i don’t try to outlaw starbucks or whine about the rediculous things that folks do in the city and i don’t need you all sitting around trying to decide what is right for the rest of the world.

  5. L Says:

    Hounddog – your overzealousness to defend your heart’s desire (hunting) has led you to exaggerate of course. Lion populations are not “soaring” anywhere. Your post is filled with misinformed (emotion-disguised-as hard-fact)statistics. I agree that hunting maitains healthy ungualte herds. I’m not sure what hunting wolves maintains – except overblown egos. I live in predator-rich territory (meaning there’s approximately 1 bear for every 20,000 humans)and I have horses, pigs, goats, cats, dogs and rabbits and they have never been bothered by the bobcats, bear, coyotes, or cougars that walk through our property on a regular basis (I live on a spawning river). Why is that? Because I assume protective responsibilty for my animals – meaing proper housing. I don’t leave garbage or pet food out to attract hungry critters. But I understand that for lazy-minded folks like yourself, it’s much easier and (admit it) FUN to pull the trigger on something. You are a farce.

  6. Paulette Kenyon Says:

    It seems to me that when a predator population has been grossly negatively impacted, it makes sense not to kill them if at all possible. Unfortunately, people choose to move into their areas; and, so, we have these conflicts.
    I worked on the Save the Mountain Lion campaign when mountain lions here in California seemed to be overhunted and killed on sight for frivilous reasons. You can’t eat them! Anyway. I have to admit that their populations really exploded because of the deer populations AND that they have, on occasion, become a problem – as in the killing of that woman jogging up by Auburn. I’ve walked very near to the area where she was jogging while turkey hunting with my husband. We’ve found bear crap and seen mountain lion paw prints in the soft mud. I stay close to my husband when I’m out in the woods with him. I don’t want to feel a mountain lion’s teeth wrapped around my head, while I’m being dragged into the woods. I think jogging in those areas is a risk that people should seriously consider. Jogging alone was foolhardy, in my opinion. She took that risk. It was unfortunate; but, it isn’t a reason to scour the whole area and kill off every mountain lion in sight; although, I think they had to kill the lion that got her. It crossed that line…
    It’s a hard call, when the animals begin to spend too much time culling the local pet populations and become a genuine threat to children and joggers. No matter how you look at it, though, human beings have wrought more destruction on this planet than any of the animals could hope to do. If we have to be a little more careful when we’re in the outdoors or we choose to live in an area where predators live, I think that’s a price worth paying in order to keep what little is left of our ecosystem.
    I have nothing against hunters; but, I’ve never liked them killing predators. And, when I see those Varmint hunting magazines, I just see red. I had a pet coyote and german shepherd mix. She was the most intelligent, inquisitive creature that I’ve ever met. The idea of killing coyotes for some fur trim on a hat or a jacket from Cabalas also steams me. After reading many books on coyotes, I’ve concluded that those who argue that coyotes cull their own population is a good argument for not killing them through poison or shooting them. Apparently, this creates the opposite affect. When the hierarchy is inadvertantly disrupted by these killings, often the alphas (that are the only ones allowed to procreate in their society) get wiped out; this upset actually increases the breeding possibilities as they readjust to the new risks that humans created.
    A piece of me hates that my family does kill for food on occasion; but, I have to admit that I love eating wild meat. And, there are alot of ducks, geese, turkeys, deer, and wild pigs in California. As long as people hunt legally and don’t overhunt or kill more than they can easily consume, I don’t have a big problem with that at the moment.
    I do have a problem when people cull an animal society because they seem inconvenient – particularly when they’ve been practically erased from the planet. I also can’t stand trophy hunting or hearing people talk about he “rush of euphoric adrenaline” when they kill something. People like that make my skin crawl. As with everything, there are many shades of grey. Wolves have been practically wiped out throughout our planet. People continue to kill whatever seems inconvenient to their lifestyles or goals. I think it’s time humans began questioning exactly whether our lifestyle has become such a nuisance to the flora and fauna that we should begin relearning a new way of interacting with the planet. This is where my hopes lie. In people brave enough to forge a new path that works with nature, not running roughshod over it. I’d like to see people on both sides of the issue working on a positive change, rather than demonizing each other. Talking about it is a good start.

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