Normally, I am all for positive stories about endangered species populations rebounding but a recent article about wolves failed to mention the all out war that is being waged against them. Here is the article:
I don’t want to be overly critical because it is great to see positive stories about wolves but what the story omits I find to be deeply disturbing. The article briefly touches on how wolves may be hunted but completely neglects to mention what has been happening to and what is coming for the small population of wolves in the United States. From the article:
“If wolves are to continue to prosper, one important issue must be addressed: Hunting.
As populations continue to increase, there is more and more debate about how humans should react to the wolves. Some experts believe that hunting could be a key way to achieve optimal wolf populations. Others worry that since the population overwhelmingly has negative attitudes towards wolves, hunting would decimate the population.”
What the author fails to mention is that wolf populations are already being decimated by hunting and trapping across the United States.
Definition of decimate from Merriam-Webster:
Definition of DECIMATE
Idaho and Montana have killed 545 wolves through hunting and trapping just since late last summer. That doesn’t even take into account the number killed by poachers and by Wildlife Services assassins. Both states plan to continue this year into next with no-quota hunting and trapping. Then there is Wyoming’s plan to allow the unregulated killing of wolves throughout the vast majority of the state except for a token population around the national parks. In the Great Lakes Minnesota plans to allow the killing of 400 wolves this fall through hunting and trapping. Last but not least we have Wisconsin’s “conservative” plan to kill 1/3 of the wolf population over 4 1/2 months through the breeding season by using packs of vicious dogs, night hunting, bating, trapping, and electronic calls. Their ultimate goal is to kill off all but a token population of 350.
Any “success” from the recovery of the gray wolf is to be short-lived as ignorant and misguided myths about the animals continue to rear their ugly head and lead to the wholesale slaughter of this animal. Wolves have been off the endangered species list in the Northern Rocky Mountain states for a little over a year. They have been off the list for just 4 1/2 months in the Great Lakes. Hundreds have already been killed with many hundreds if not a thousand more to be killed in the following months. Success? You decide.