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Still Waters

Wyoming wolves lose US protection

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The US government will remove wolves from its endangered species list in Wyoming, allowing the state to shoot the animals on sight in most areas.

The decision by US Fish and Wildlife Service comes after a 20-year programme to grow the wolf population.

Environmental groups threatened legal action against the move.

There were once almost two million gray wolves in North America, but they were nearly wiped out by fur traders and hunters in the 1930s.

In the 1990s, 14 wolves from Canada quickly reproduced after they were released in Yellowstone National Park in north-west Wyoming.

There are now thought to be about 270 wolves outside Yellowstone in the western US state.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...canada-19445436

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notoverrated

well didnt they bring them in from Canada anyways? shouldn't of did that than you wouldn't have these wolves messing your sh!t up.

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ZaraKitty

"In breaking news, another idiot move in the US."

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Rafterman

Isn't that kind of the point?

Something can't be "protected" forever. Once the population returns to healthy levels, protection is no longer needed.

And it clearly says in the article that the management will be turned over to the state.

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Mistydawn

Well, on a war between wolves and people, I'm on the wolf's side...

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Grandpa Greenman

270 in all of the western states isn't even a viable population, much less over population. If they think the wolves are over populated then what are they going to do with us and our population. Think about it, kind of scary isn't it.

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Likely Guy

Where I live (British Columbia) we probably have the healthiest population of grey wolves in the Pacific northwest (that's also where the Wyoming wolves came from, thank you very much), about 8,000 and about a year ago our idiot provincial government offered, not 'an open season' but a 'paid bounty' on wolves (a financial encouragement to kill them).

This was supposedly introduced to protect the endangered Mountain Caribou herds (an effort, in itself, that I wholeheartedly support) but everyone around here knows that it's a just a cheap solution to try and bump up the also declining populations of deer, elk and moose (which was caused by habitat loss, not predation).

Why? Hunting is a big industry here as well. Wolves don't vote or pay taxes, but out of area hunters do.

'Recreationalists' are no better. Ban ATV and snowmobile use in alpine areas to protect the Mountain Caribou? Heck no! "Yeehah, Let's kill us someselves some wolves!"

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