The DNR in MN has planted the wolf into areas not previously know to have the wolf. I would imagine if they are planted in Colorado the elk population will drop like rock in short order as an elk is an easy target for a pack of wolves. In fact nothing can escape a pack of wolves. They are taking on moose and bison with no trouble. I feel bad for guys in states the wolf will be introduced as your hunting will change practically overnight.
As much as everyone seems to dislike them, I'm guessing most of us would love to see one this fall in an area we were allowed to shoot it! I would love a wolf rug!
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In my humble opinion, one of the worst management strategies with this whole wolf thing was not effectively managing under the guise of endangerment. If anyone with some common sense reads the endagered species act, it really makes no sense even from a biological, evolutionary, and ecological standpoint. It is simply too subjective. Similar to MM's point above, take the example of the green back cutthroat trout in the southern rockies; millions and millions were spent on "reintroducing" that species to rocky mountain national park in CO even though that was at the very edge of its historical range which suggests it was never that great of habitat to begin with. On top of that is the philosophical and non-scentific side that automatically assumes humans cause extinctions and completely ignores the fact that habitats, ranges and species' distributions expand, contract and even disappear due to MANY factors that might have been thousands or even millions of years in the making.
Kind of ironic...
Coyotes are abundant, but wolves got "shot" to extinction. Somehow think that's not quite right considering coyotes seem to be the dumber of the 2. Or could it be they are a smaller animal requiring less maintenance and when the elk & bison herds tanked, so too did the wolves.
That is a good point Packmule. I don't think they were all shot. Part was losing their food sources, part was poisoning, part was hunting them out. There was a pretty concerted effort to wipe them out with a bounty on hides and everything and coyotes were more of a nuisance and the hides weren't worth as much from what I have heard anyway. They did a heck of a job of it in Texas from what I have heard. Not many Lobos down there anymore that I have heard about.
The Timber wolf is the native wolf. The "gray wolf" is the canadian wolf we have now. Some terms have really been generalized since they planned the introduction and that is why you cant find a definate answer online. The whole introduction was illegal. Congress denied funding and the money was stolen from the Pitman/Robertson fund by USFWS. The head of USFWS at the time was the former head of USHS. There is not even proper paperwork to transport them from Canada to the USA and they arrived and were released before anyone knew it had happened.