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6 Reasons We Should Kill Wolves

by Bob Robb   |  November 2nd, 2011 58

WolvesI love wolves. They are one of the most magnificent animals in North America. When I lived in Alaska – I was there for 15 years – I spent a lot of time in wolf country, and was able to learn a lot about them. They’re beautiful, smart, strong, fast and unsurpassed as a predator of game, large and small.

Therein lies the problem. When wolves are left unchecked, they can, and do, decimate ungulate populations to the point where few animals are left. All those folks who say they only kill the sick and weak have never watched a pack of wolves eat a healthy, mature bull caribou alive as I have. They have never seen the trail of death a pack of wolves leaves behind as it kills to teach its pups how to hunt, or just for fun, eating little of the animals whose lives they have just ended. I’ve seen where wolves have killed Dall’s sheep rams at the top of the mountain in the deep snow of spring, watched them chase mountain goats along the tree line of a Southeast Alaska forest in August, and shred a cow elk in the Yellowstone basin.

Recent wolf hunting seasons in Idaho and Montana, and the de-listing of wolf packs from endangered in the Great Lakes states, are hopefully just the beginning of keeping lower 48 wolf populations under control. Here’s why we need to start killing more lower 48 wolves right now.

1. Too Many Wolves: Left unchecked, wolf populations grow rapidly. This is especially true in areas where there are lots of animals for them to eat – like the Yellowstone ecosystem. Because wolf numbers exceeded targeted reintroduction population goals in the Yellowstone ecosystem more rapidly than expected, the animal was removed from the Endangered Species List and a sport hunting season on wolves was instituted in 2009. The seasons held in Idaho and Montana were supremely successful, with hunters killing 72 of the 75 wolves on quota in Montana, and 188 of a 220-wolf quota in Idaho.

In addition to that, in 2009 government shooters killed 256 more wolves identified as livestock killers. In all, government hunters have killed more than 1,200 wolves over the past 15 years. I wonder how much money that cost the taxpayer? Tag sales generated $528,697 – all for wildlife conservation – while hunters killed just 22 percent of the estimated total Idaho wolf population and 14 percent of the estimated Montana wolf population. And since wolves reproduce at an annual rate of about 20 percent, there was not even a net loss in the overall population as a result of the hunt.

2. Wolves Are Decimating Ungulate Populations: Ask anyone who has been guiding hunters in lower 48 wolf country for any length of time, and they’ll tell you that since the reintroduction of the wolf, local deer, elk, moose and sheep populations have plummeted. Lower ungulate numbers mean that game managers, whose job it is to try and keep a balance between animals and habitat, are forced to offer less hunting permits for sportsmen. That, it turn, means less hunting license revenue for the affected states, whose game management budgets are derived largely from the sale of these same licenses and tags, particularly to nonresidents. This has to stop.

3. Deer and Elk are in Hiding: Those deer and elk not killed by wolves are not stupid. They know that unless they leave the “easy” country and head for the nastiest, toughest terrain around, they’ll soon find themselves on the wolves’ dinner menu. I have several friends who have quit elk hunting in wolf country for two reasons: Overall numbers are down, and the animals that are left have retreated to country so rough that hunting them has become a Herculean effort. Is that what we want?

4. Wolves Love “Muffy”: Being an equal opportunity predator, wolves that patrol areas inhabited by humans just cannot help themselves. If they find domestic livestock or your pet in the wrong place at the wrong time, they turn it into lunch. Ranchers have complained bitterly about this to the point where some animal rights groups have set up funds to mitigate livestock losses in the hopes that this will keep people from killing their precious wolves. Talk about a nightmare.

5. Wolves are Poster-Boy Animals: Wolves are spectacular and they are beautiful, making them an easy choice as a poster child for the animal rights wackos. I’ve actually had officers from some prominent animal rights’ groups tell me that when they need to raise some quick cash, all they have to do is send out a mailer with the picture of a wolf on it that begs their donors for a few bucks to keep the evil hunters from killing these poor, innocent creatures. They do not care a whit about biology or modern game management practices, they just care about collecting some cash and firing up their base to try and stop hunting. It’s a win-win for the ARWs. I hate that.

6. Continued Litigation: Wolves have been, and will continue to be, the focus of litigation brought on by the ARWs, who want to end all hunting and let the animals run wild and free, like something out of an old Disney movie like “Bambi.” They believe that animals should have equal, if not more, rights than humans, and therefore animals should take priority when decisions are made about land use.

It is this kind of shortsighted thinking and self-absorbed attitude that makes me wonder what color the sky is on the planet these “environmental” groups inhabit. They will say or do anything to get what they want. I’m sure some of the members of these very small organizations have noble intentions, but come on. You can, and should, check them out on their websites –, and – to give you an idea of what common-sense thinkers and sportsmen are up against in this crucial battle. You can also track what the USFWS is doing on their website. For more information in the ongoing wolf wars, visit the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s website.

  • funhunting

    EXCELLENT article. Let the truth be known. Let's also talk about how they 'count' wolves and other myths that are promulgated by the Eco Elites and uneducated press. If the general public knew the truth about wolves, i think there would be more support for control of the populations. Right now the 'Myths" are repeated over and over and people actually believe them. The science in the Wolf reintroduction programs has been "Politicized". Here are several myths that need to be corrected:
    1. Wolves only kill the weak and old. — Answer: Total nonsense.
    2. Wolves will control and balance the 'natural' populations. — Answer: More nonsense.
    3. Wolves will tend to hunt 'wild animals' over domesticated livestock and pets. — Answer: More nonsense.
    4. Only the 'Alpha' pair mate. — Answer: yeah sure, because wolves have a moral code about fidelity.
    5. The 'count' numbers are the actual number of Wolves in a State. — Answer: These numbers a "political" numbers and do not represent all of the Wolves in a population.

    There is a movie from the point of view of ranchers, hunters, and residents in the areas where wolves have been reintroduce. You can see it at:

    • Gwen Plonty

      If you guys are soooooooo strong against a natural animal that you are all ganging up against it, why don't you 'band' together and do something about our governments problems, they are much more important. Spend your time, energy and $ on fixing something that matters, the wolves, deer "muffys" will take care of themselves eventually, without human intervention. Wolves consume what they kill, they don't kill foe sport or practice. If they indeed are killing cows, horses in fences, don't make it a public issue, just shoot them, like you would a person threatening your own safety, not another word said.

      • Mike

        @ Gwen Plonty – We do "band" together to do something about Gov't. it is called an election. We hope to fix the current administration in 2012.
        If your intent is for us to hunt politicians, it is illegal. However wolves do not follow our laws! they kill without compassion, and they DONOT always eat what they kill. Wolves eat the best parts and leave the rest for scavengers, especially when an abundant food source is available. (Cattle, horses, chickens, pigs in pens)
        You cannot "just shoot" wolves. (1)-Because states, counties and areas of Canada only allow hunting of wolves during seasons and at certain times of day (this is because of animal rights activists that want these killers protected), (2)-The one land owner can not cover 100% of their property all the time.
        I have yet to hear of a deer or cow that has killed a wolf, coyote or predator cat, please provide examples of them "taking care of themselves".

        • Mike

          Your opinion is yours, and as such your welcome to it, but realize that as hunters it is our responsibility to keep predator population down as well as keeping the game we hunt in check to ensure that you have affordable food sources. Predators kill livestock, your beef/chicken/pork prices go up. If Deer are not controlled, corn prices go up, then the Gov't; that you want US to control for YOU; will increase taxes on those items to keep their pockets fat.
          Now you understand how and why we hunters are helping to control the economy and the Gov't.

      • funhunting

        Myth #6: Wolves don't kill for sport or practice — Answer: FALSE. Wolves train pups to kill in "practice runs", where the prey is killed and left uneaten. Adult Wolves have been observed killing prey and leaving it, apparently simply for sport or practice. Wolves kill coyotes, cougars, bobcats, dogs, or any other animal that might be consider competition for food (this is common for many apex predators).
        Wolves do matter. Hunting is a major industry, life style, and recreation for thousands and thousands of people in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and other States. Hunting contributes BILLIONS of dollars to the economy, BILLIONS of tax dollars along with Hunting Organizations that have done more conservation of land and animals than all the eco elitists put together. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation alone has 'saved or conserved' more than 6,000,000,000 acres of habitat for Elk and all animals.

        Sorry Gwen Plonty, your points are either false or don't make sense. Please re-think your positions.

        • Xanthi

          It's not 'for fun' that wolves kill any animal, even in 'practice runs'. They're teaching their pups to be able to catch food, survive, and thus hopefully be able to spread their genes.

        • Pat Sheeran

          practice runs…these are on animals that walk in to the midst of the pack to sacrifice themselves or something? Get real. The effort on the part of the pack needed to hunt down an animal would be highly prohibitive to these “practice runs”. These are very lean creatures that live on the edge of starvation more often than not. It’s for that very reason that they are forced to take sheep or cattle. If the wolf packs were half as indiscriminate in their hunting as their human counterparts, there would be dead carcasses everywhere and predator populations would be pushing into towns and cities. That isn’t what’s happening. And hunting does not generate billions of dollars of revenue for anybody but the gun manufacturers. The industries own report (available only in hardcopy for some reason) says that nationwide, 2011 saies of 87 billion were counted. Before jumping up and down saying that your point has been validated, this figure includes all sales of firearms, ammunition, jobs related to the production of the same firearms, ammunition, etc..and finally state and local sales taxes related to the hunting and shooting sports industry. So when all of the 40 plus categories get sorted out, the actual contribution to state and local agencies is going to be far short of the billions you cite rather freely in your comment.

      • john

        Sorry to burst your bubble Gwen, but wolves do kill just for the fun of it. Also, they do not eat everything they kill.

        • jovan

          wow sure

          • jovanmiles

            sure wow

      • Danielle

        thanks Gwen Plonty i hate ppl that say we need to kill all the wolves WRONG thats so wrong cause without wolves the meals that they eat will become high than higher so igh that we'll need wolves to come and eat them so therefore i am on the side of not killing off a IMPORTANT animal, which is the wolves!

        • wolfgirl

          sooooo right daniell, way to go!!!!

    • Akqa

      The leaders and once in a while the beta may mate but only they can mate. Once in a while you get a stranger who manages to sneak in and mate with one or more of an un-attached female. Yes Wolves also have a code and those who try to step out of line are disciplined by the Alphas. Watch them and learn they’re the only ones left on this planet with any sense of honor.

  • nvdamtnhunter

    Robb is dead-on and I'm glad you posted this. But, in reality, this is old news and the number one reason we have this out of control wolf population issue is not, contrary to popular belief, the animal right or environmental groups.

    It was the lack of backbone by the leadership of the hunting community who's really left us with this mess. We had a recovery plan that called for pack and overall numbers that were already showing signs of being met well ahead of schedule. 2002/2003 if memory serves me. Instead of getting out in front of this some groups, especially those who represent species that had the most to lose, did nothing. They hid, they rode the fence, made excuses, but mostly they didn't lead and defend their species. And now, elk and shiras moose populations in numerous areas are being decimated with more to come. And not surprising, wolf sightings are being reported in new states.

    Those who did nothing deserve greater blame for their long period of lacking any substantial action, and hunters shouldn't forget this fact. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it, and the animal right movement and environmental groups are just getting started.

  • Glen

    I like the article but want to express an irritation. Why do you use the word decimate when you really mean destroy? It is akin to using harvest to mean kill.

  • Stiever

    So Glen; Why do you say "harvest corn" when you know very well you are killing corn?

    • wolfgirl

      Corn does not have a concience, a personality, or a real life. Wolves have all of these and more, so just shut up about it!!!

    • Pat Sheeran

      nyah, nyah, nyah…are you still on the playground with that quip about corn Stiever? How puerile. I think we’re a long way off from campaigning for the rights of plants. To equate the “management” of wolves to the harvesting of food crops like corn, wheat, barley, soybeans, etc gives the world some valuable insight to your critical thinking abilities.

  • Ron

    There is a reason why they were almost hunted to extinction. I have a bumper sticker on my truck that says "Wolves" Smoke a pack a day.

    • Common Sense

      Yeah…that's great. Shows just how intelligent you are…using your critical thinking skills. NOT.

      Wolves were slaughtered by early settlers because they were competition. Plain and simple. Just like the native americans. Yeah I just went there.

      • wolfgirl

        YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The English settlers didn't want anyone or anything to get in their way of taking America, AND it's recourses, and to do that, they would just kill off any boundaries, even if they were living.

  • nvdamtnhunter

    When I die, I won't really care whether old age killed me or consumed me, and I’m sure an elk doesn’t care if a wolf killed it or a hunter shot it. But I do care that unchecked wolf populations will only self-adjust when they have DECIMATED game populations. And sure to follow is a welfare-type management system due to the HUGE reduction in my hunter dollars that currently supports our game departments. Great ,just what our country needs, another unsustainable welfare program. And what about the small towns that also look forward to and count on hunter dollars.
    So Gwen, we are, and have been doing our part for years, by paying our way through our license costs and helping all animals including wolves. The same wolves that had good game populations to help them make a quick recovery.
    The original wolf recovery plan, let's get back to it and move on to what really ails The US of A.
    Ignorance, lack of leadership, personal agendas, dishonest animal right foes, all doing something other than what’s right.

    • Jim

      I agree. I live in small time Idaho, and there is an old, incapacitated lady who we would give our bagged game to. The last few years, there’s been wolf tracks everywhere, and we haven’t been able to get anything. Unable to feed herself, she recently went on welfare

  • Karen

    Good article that articulated some great points! It's nice to read something from a person who does admire and respect wolves yet at the same time fully realizes the need for management of the species in the form of hunting seasons. And nvdamtnhunter, I absolutely agree with you – the original recovery plan SHOULD have been followed to the letter. One of the biggest tragedies of this whole issue – and one I'm sure all of the bleeding hearts don't even "get" – is that prolonging keeping the wolf on the endangered list only serves to take funds, research, and interest away from species who really ARE endangered and could use some help.

  • porkchop6209

    Ok Gwen" I know More Than You Do" Plonty- we've lost 11 calves this year just to coyotes, the last one 3 days ago. Yotes kill for fun, too. On almost every case the only thing consumed are the entrails and a very small amount of rib meat. However, let's say each calf is worth $450.00. That's a $5000.00 loss straight out, not including incidental expenses. If you lose that, or more, for several years…, well, you can do the math. It'll put you out of business.

    • Pat Sheeran

      good…too many cattle ranches as it is. If the demand decreases, so will the impact of ranching on our public lands. Once ranching is confined to private lands only, then you can bill us for the lost calves.

  • iwillnot

    has the govement ever set a hunt for wolves that the direct purpus is to reduse population?

    • bluemntceltic

      Yes they have, just a couple of weeks ago in Idaho in the Lolo pass area. Idaho fish and wildlife issued permits to hunt wolves from the air because their original plans for hunters to control the population proved inadequate.

  • Jwills

    We use hunting as a form of management, to control animal populations that are overpopulated. But I wonder, what will be done to control the most overpopulated predator of them all? The humans.

    • MEB

      Disease, drugs and war control human population. We kill ourselves. Wolves don't.

  • Wolfman

    Disease, drugs and war control human population. We kill ourselves. Wolves don't.

    Funny look at Africa, China, and India, there populations are still expanding despite the fact that they can't feed the current populations, we are the species who needs "management." We are destroying much more than any wolf pack could.

    • jsainjr

      Great post Wolfman. Wolves aren't the only population that needs to be controlled, but that's not something that outdoor writers will talk about. Seven billion people on this planet gobbling up habitat and natural resources at an alarming rate and folks still say that the lack of wolf control is short-sighted? Wow! take the blinders off.

      Managing the wolf as a game animal is the best way to insure it's survival, but I get sick of people vilifying large predators because they do what they are made to do.

  • Common Sense

    Sounds like you need to consider putting a little money into prevention and protect your cattle. No matter how many coyotes or wolves you kill on your property, another pack or individual will move right in again. Invest in humane predator deterents and the pack that lives in your area will learn to avoid your cattle. Invest now, save later. Everyone wins.

    • NotDumb

      Well this comment shows how absolutely stupid you are. You do NOT have common sense. Fencing out wolves or coyotes is impossible. Cannot fence out snakes either. And for "humane deterents" you are sitting in your lolly chair spouting off about something of which you have absolutely no knowledge. Wolves do kill for fun. They do not eat everything they kill nor do they go back later for what they have saved They just happen across a previous kill and if it suits their fancy, they will eat a few more bites. They do not know anything about saving food. Good grief…..your attitude is beyond comprehension. Wolves carry a deadly disease called Echinoccus granulosus. Look it up and READ what that disease does to people and other animals. Is this this you want to endure? Then you can get cozy with a wolf.

      • Pat Sheeran

        you mean that you’ve tried to fence out snakes? Wow. I think that your posting name might be denying that which is all too true.

  • Doug

    Great Article

    Proper licensing of hunters and establishing quota's are the only way to manage resources. Anyone that suggests otherwise needs to sit down do the hands on research. Look at the big picture, not a small or single aspect of it.


  • Mikero

    You can always tell the ignorant posters – they use caps to emphasize their points instead of good writing skills. Reminds me of the pro-pitbull forums. Save the pitbulls, kill the wolves. Good move.

    As another poster pointed out, stop worrying about stupid crap and start addressing real issues. Gotta love the white trashers.

    • Wolflover

      some people don't realize things but I do and don't say i don't because i do! I know alot about wolves i love them and respect them but i do realize that yes they decrease other animal populations yet without any wolves they would increase so much you would want the wolves back.

  • stew

    Well here again is another article fueled by anecdotal evidence put forth by friends of lazy ranchers who only want to check on their herds twice a season. I'm sure the Japanese tell stories of those dastardly dolphins being a menace as well.

  • Wolflover

    I hate to say this but i hate people that say wolves need todie NOT ALL wolvs need to die just a few but it still sickness me to look or hear about a dead wolf. AND YES i DO LOVE wolves !

  • Matthew Rybinski

    Article is not based in any fact. Science doesn't substantiate any statements in the article. I personally believe hunt are just afraid to go into the bush with wolves present, because of their fallacies about wolves.

  • shootbrownelk

    Wolves are an unwelcome menace to big game herds in western wyoming. Elk, Moose and Deer are all affected. As are the funds that G&F uses to manage all wildlife species, due to severely reduced license quotas. Soon there won't be enough surplus game to have hunts…but that was probably the Clinton administration's "Wolf -Reintroduction" plan all along. As far as Gwen's comments are concerned, If you don't live in the Rocky Mountain states…keep your opinions to yourself.

  • Wolf Warrior

    I dont like the article, cause, you are gonna go over and lament about one little rabbit or squirrel killed, then you r gonna say, hey, lets go kill ALL of these awesome animals that help the population of deer stay in check! I know that wolves do kill healthy bucks, and I dont know where the "Wolves only kill weak and infirm" came from, but I LOVE WOLVES!!! the reason why all those environmental posters are up w/ wolves on them is beacause wolves are endangered, yet they are beautiful. If you were to take away wolves from any givin habbotat the deer would eat all the bark off the trees, and the forest would die, then NOTHING would be able to live there.I live in Wolf Country, and a wolf pack lives in my woods, and Ive had as close encounters as any of U have!!! I am on the side of the environmentalists, and U cant stop me!!!! Wolves are awesome, and then all you guys are gonna look at all that beauty and personality and say, "Oh, look at that!!! They are takin the deer that Im not smart enough to catch myself, lets kill them!!!" Wolves are great, and that is MORE than just an opinion!!!

    • Nik

      Hey dumbass, we already got rid of wolves before and it worked out just fine. Every argument the environmentalists have are related to managing deer population. Solution: hand out more tags! That increases revenue and manages population. It is a win-win.

  • Sam Read the link. For your information, wolves generally eat over 90% of any kill. Perhaps you should find out more about partial prey consumption and base animal management on that?

  • Pat Sheeran

    Your six reasons for killing these animals who serve a vital, if barely understood, role in maintaining the balance between predator and prey species are simplistic at best, self-serving to be sure, and more ignorant than informed. Your greatest concern expressed in this cobbled together rationale is that the wolves make sport hunting of the very same ungulates “a Herculean effort”, lowers revenues to states due to reduced hunting license sales, and that it will avoid litigation between ARW’s and ranching interests. I doubt that the revenues coming into any states coffers represents any significant portion of its net revenues. Killing as a recreational sport is not really high on most people’s list of things to do. As far as the ranching industry, they’ve had more impact on the numbers of these ungulates that you profess such concern for due to sheep and cattle grazing on public lands, which puts them in direct competition for the same resources.

    It’s not a simple issue, and half-handed efforts such as this to trivialize the matter to a bunch of tree-huggers fighting for another cute and fuzzy “poster-boy animal” don’t bring this dispute to any common ground solutions. This is simply a case of preaching to the choir…of ranchers and sport hunters that is. The song they sing is one of greed and death. We have too many of those filling our ears as it is…Newtown, Clakamas Town Center, Aurora CO, ….ad nauseum.

  • Akqa

    Wolves do no kill for sport. it takes to much energy to kill something and leave it. they may kill it because it presented an easy target with a low danger risk and would have come back to it at a later date. Hunting may drop but if your in it for sport then who cares if you can’t get “the big on” The herds are big enough to support the packs and nature will take it’s course I’ve seen it. After a huge forest fire and Harsh winter dropped the deer herds by my place. The next spring we noticed a lot more doe were dropping twins and triplets, so there that argument is invalid. The ranchers are ignorant idiots who can’t do what the rest of us small timers do with our livestock. Electric fence does wonders if even kept bears off our property. I have no sympathy for ranchers who do NOTHING to protect their livestock and how do you know it’s even wolves half the time. I’ve heard of coyotes killing livestock and in the dark if you don’t know what your looking at it can look like a wolf. If you present easy prey for them then you might as well ring the dinner bell yourself. Wolves are SCARED of us and avoid us if they can but WE are encroaching on THEIR habitat. I can live with them because I’ve studied them and their behavior. They do NOT kill for pleasure or sport only HUMANS kill for that. Learn about them and their habits and quirks make sense.

    • Howard Houston

      That is an absolute lie. I have watched a pack of wolves with their radio collars on come in and kill an entire herd of sheep and attack the people trying to run them off. They did not eat one sheep they just gloried in killing as many sheep as they could. It tool less than an hour for 7 wolves to kill off more than 200 sheep. You people have no idea what you are talking about. So why don’t you do the planet a favor and the rest of the animals and go out an introduce yourself to the wolves. I am sure they would like to have you for dinner.

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  • M

    its like the worlds human population, we don’t go to people and say, “there are too many humans, so we have to kill and others, sorry” NO! we don’t so why should we do that to them.

  • killemall

    wolf pop needs to be controlled,as well as the human pop so lets get some people tags to go with those wolf tags im game you should be too.

  • Rancher1964

    This article isn’t based on any science whatsoever. When wolves are re-introduced into an ecosystem that ecosystem flourishes. This is an indisputable fact. Trees grow taller, foliage grows thicker and overall biodiversity is increased.

  • Ross Kardon

    It was right to bring wolves back to Yellowstone National Park. Wolves, cougars, coyotes, and other predators do belong in the ecosystem, along with other prey species.

    But at the same time, regulated hunting of some wolves, cougars, coyotes, and other predators is absolutely necessary to maintain the ecological balance.

    Extremists on the anti-wolf side who want all wolves exterminated, and animal rights fanatics who worship wolves and want all hunting ended, are both equally ignorant and wrong.

    I respect wolves, but I do not worship them.. They need proper conservation and management. Now that wolves have recovered in the West, the time has come for proper management, with ecologically sustainable fair-chase hunting of them.

    With proper, sound ecological management of wolves, indeed, they are delight for visitors to Yellowstone National Park and other wild areas.

    But without proper management, wolves, cougars, coyotes and other predators will outstrip their food supply of prey species, livestock losses will sharply rise, and such predator species will even lose their fear of man, and have been known to attack people.

    It is one thing if you live in Philadelphia, New York City, San Francisco,or other city, or suburb and see and hear wolves on vacation to Yellowstone National Park, or other wild area.

    But is quite a different situation if you happen to live in the Yellowstone area. And I happen to be a city slicker, myself.

    • Nik

      I respect your and the fact that you admit you don’t know it all. I do hate when city slickers think they know what’s right for the area better than those that live there. In that case, as a Montanan, I declare that we should introduce rat-snakes into NYC to manage the population. If you run over one, you will be fined. If you kill or harm them you will be fined. If it crawls into your home you cannot kill it or harm it in anyway.

  • Pro

    Old article but good discussion by members just ran across it today and wanted to add my two cents. The article brings up good points and informative but the thing I don’t like about it is, the suggestion messes with nature. There are six reasons but only two main points. 1) wolves and human contact/ my annoyance for the complaint of human contact with wolves is probably just as irritating to me as the “environmental” groups is to the author. You can’t walk out in the nature not expect to see an wild animal doing what they normally do. You’re in their territory and if Muffy or your livestock gets attacked or eaten its your own fault to take the necessary measures, you’re in nature learn to evolve like all other species. That’s like going into a bad neighborhood and not expect to get robbed or have your car broken into, if you feel that strongly about it you shouldn’t be there, not everyone can survive in nature…. again just my two cents. 2) the decline in game herds/ I think this is a invalid argument because what it comes down to is, the wolves are killing too many deers and elk… that’s just the nature process, decline in game animals will mean decline in wolf population, they will die of hunger or die as they wander out of nature into town and cities. To be honest the concept of killing wolves so we can hunt the deer and elk is a messed up concept, “we can’t compete with them so we kill them off”. Hunting is strategic and brain’s game and if the elks and deer are in the nastiest terrain, that’s where I’m headed and my trophy is a legit trophy because not everyone can get there and back. I also I hate the statement about hunting to feed the family for survival and etc, maybe in the jungles of the Amazon or a “fourth world” country with absolutely no advance technology. But here in the states that’s pure B.S there’s welfare and all these social programs, plus I think any hunter knows that a hunting trip cost probably a weeks worth of food. Gas, lunch, license and tag, and an average bullet to take an elk or deer is probably $2.00, don’t forget sighting it in too. I hunt too and game meat to me is nothing more than a delicacy that is treat everyone season if I’m lucky. I’ll agree with wiping out the wolf populations when I start getting attacked by wolves when I’m walking to my car from work in a parking structure. If wolves start expanding to city limits, issue more tags or pass regulation that it’s legal to take a wolf within X miles of a major city (of course that’s politics and litigation I understand the frustration of author when the solution is quite simple but the process is so complicated) and let the course continue until they evolve to understand that city and people= death, that’s how nature works animals are smart. If I’m hunting and get attacked or hear of people getting attacked by wolves more frequently, I’ll start hunting in groups or spend more time in tree stands… I’ll evolve too.

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  • Angela Dayden Stark

    So… the other day, I saw a dog. A beautiful dog. Black. When you looked at it, it looked like someone’s pet… Then someone shot it. A dog. All because it looked like it could be a wolf… or it was a wolf that looked like a dog… wait. Aren’t they related? So, how would you like it if someone shot your dog because someone else posted “6 Reasons We Should Kill Dogs”. Do Dogs not help keep our rat population down? Did you know there are cultures that depend upon rats for food? Do Dogs not help keep our herds safe? Did you know there are cultures that will eat your pets? Dogs? So, why can’t we hunt them? They are food for some. They are pests for others. Should we cull them too? When was the last time a wolf killed one of your stock? Why would a wolf kill one of your stock? Oh that’s right… because it was hungry. Why was it hungry? Because hunters keep driving the deer and elk away from the wolves hunting grounds. Why do hunters keep driving the deer and elk away from the wolves hunting grounds? Because the gov’t says they can. So, the gov’t is at fault for the wolves eating ranchers stock. Not wolves. They are just trying to survive. Lets let them survive.

  • scienceisgod

    I have a degree in ecology and you couldn’t be more incorrect. Please stop trying to spread your false knowledge.

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