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What do you think about re-introducing wolves into American states?

My parents own property in Eastern Washington (Twisp River Valley) and recently there has been a lot of buzz about this pack of grey wolves that has taken up residence a few miles SW of Twisp (Lookout Ridge/Libbey Creek for those familiar with the area). They first noticed wolves appearing in the valley in the 90's and now there is a decent size pack that is roaming the area and beginning to interfere with the range cattle operations. The National Forest allows ranchers to graze their range cattle on selected Forest Service lands but one of those range areas, Libbey Creek, was recently closed to the ranchers because of wolf dens in the area. There have already been reports of wolves attacking and killing range cattle and already been investigations by the FBI regarding a couple of dead wolves discovered, presumable killed by ranchers. The fear here is that since wolves are Federally protected animals in America they will be able to kill whatever they want (range cattle, llama, alpaca, horses, dogs, elk, deer) and they themselves will not have to worry about predators as man is basically the only thing that has historically hunted wolves in the past. The wolf population is already growing exponentially in this area and the effects on the mule deer populations are very evident. Mule deer populations are down over the last few years in the Twisp River Valley, as is the annual deer harvest during hunting season. The deer that have been taken by hunters in recent years on average are older and larger than the previous years with the theory that the younger, smaller deer are being preyed upon by this growing wolf pack. So, we have here a dilemma that is just going to get bigger and bigger in scale that has 2 different groups of people in opposition. The first group are the people living in the area that either own range animals, hunt or depend on the hunting season for income (hotels, bars, restaurants, etc) and then the second group of people, animal rights activists, that support the wolves being in the area (of course, none of those people live there...) and oppose any re-location or killing of the animals, even if on private property and endangering livestock or people. Personally, I do think it would be very cool to sit out at night at my parents place and hear wolves howling but on the other hand, I hunt, know many hunters and ranch owners and I can see what is going to happen if they are left un-checked. It is like a buffet for them now, all you can eat and no consequence. Prior to the new laws we have today wolves were hunted for their hides and also to prevent the death of livestock but without ANY regulations it didn't take long for the wolf population to be descimated (less than 10 wolved assumed alive after 1930). No one missed them at the time because their animals were safe and the deer and elk were plentiful. Their ice boxes and cellars were full. So back to the original question. Do we support the efforts to re-introduce the wolf to Washington, disregarding our livestock industry, jeopordizing our safety and the populations of other game animals? Is the wolf more important than the people who will lose their businesses or jobs? I personally love nature and the outdoors and as I said before, think that it would be great if there were wolves in that area but I think that it won't work this way, just re-introducing an agressive predator into an environment that hasn't seen it in over 60 years. There have to be regulations, safety measures and the understanding that if a wolf or pack becomes a problem by preying on livestock that the may have to be killed or removed. What is ironic is that these same groups (animal rights activists) that are supporting the wolf pack are the same ones that oppose hunting, blaming recerational hunters for the decline in deer and elk populations. If allowed to grow, this pack and others will kill 10 times the number of deer and elk that hunters harvest every year and 90% of those will be very young or female, even further reducing the population in the years to come. But they don't understand or care about that I guess. Wolves are cute and fuzzy.

Asked By: tallan1976 - 1/7/2010
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What right does anyone have to play God with life? Wolves were wiped out from this country by our ancestors. As a result our ungulate populations grew exponentially with many dying from starvation, disease, or both. In addition, there was competition for graze with cattle and other animals dependent on grasses for food... More
Answered By: Kit - 1/9/2010
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Answered By: DtrBand - 1/7/2010
 
Wolves are good for the environment. Something has to keep deer for over populating. Too many deer means they run out of food, starve, are sickly, and end up dieing. If people hadn't wiped out the wolves in the 1st place they wouldn't be so heavily protected.
Answered By: emiller1998 - 1/7/2010
 
why do you think you should have more right to live more than ANY other living creature...if you can build a fence to prevent your live stock from going on the road and getting killed ,then you can build one to keep out the predators and live harmoniously side by side !!
Answered By: photomyrna - 1/7/2010
 
I think you may need to look alittle farther then some local statistics at your local library... More
Answered By: clairance wayne - 1/8/2010
 
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