Grey wolf...Finch..................just for argument whats your stand on the northern gray wolf? it has never been endangered as good populations have always existed in Alaska and Canada however until recently(last year or so) they have been considered endangered in the lower 48? personally i dont feel they should have been reintroduced(they were making their way down on their own anyways in sane numbers) let alone protected by the endangered species act in Montana Idaho and Wyoming
Hunting should be regulated. Policy-makers in these states do not have a clue what population level a large predator needs to remain viable. Idaho's govener wants it to be 100... this is not a viable poulation level for a large mammal. Introducing the mammal to its former range is a good idea, because the flora is severely harmed by selective browsing by herbivores in its absance.
Vital component for the ecosystem, indeed. Should be de-listed and made into a non-game, protected species. If hunting... policy whould be directed by people who know something more about the animals than what they read in fairy-tales.Prior to and even after reintroduction many hunters claimed that wolves would wipe out entire populations of elk, deer and other ungulates, most ecosystems where wolves have been reintroduced have become much healthier than they were before wolves. Since Wolves have arrived, the food chain within the Yellowstone ecosystem has been re-ordered to deliver a banquet that favors a more varied array of species. Prior to wolves, high numbers of elk were linked to declines in aspen and willow communities, which negatively affected beaver and moose. Pre-wolf, coyote numbers swelled, affecting small rodent populations, foxes, and the production of pronghorn antelope. Pre-wolf scavengers had slimmer pickings. Today with wolves taking elk, reducing their numbers, and leaving more carcasses on the landscape, grizzlies and wolverines have easier access to more meat, meaning a better chance for larger litters of cubs and pups. Coyote numbers have been significantly reduced, meaning more mice and pocket gophers for foxes and avian predators like hawks and eagles. Wolves play an undeniably important role in the environment and through education organizations some people may be slowly getting the message that they are vital. In addition, reports have been published placing the value of revenue from wolf-watching as upward of $25 million.
Canada lives with wolves, and you dont hear them B****** about high population numbers. People gotta larn to live with it, the canadians show its not that hard!