How the Gray Wolf Became an Endangered Species
For eons, the native species of North America evolved into an entirely self-sustaining balance of predator, prey, and supporting habitat. This ecosystem thrived for countless ages without any intervention on the part of humans.
In 1872, the first national park, Yellowstone, was established to preserve the natural environment and wildlife in this spectacular part of America. However, as early as 1884, an official eradication of large predatory species was put into effect by the state of Montana. It was decided that wolves and other predators—including mountain lions, bears, and coyotes—were killing too many of the game animals such as elk, buffalo, and pronghorn. The state offered $1 per wolf killed.
The U.S. Biological Survey
In 1914, the U.S. Biological Survey was founded—a federally funded program with its main goal being to eradicate the wolves in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding areas. The U.S. Biological Survey is still around today but has been renamed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Wolves were hunted, trapped and poisoned, using strychnine on carcasses.
In 1926, the last two wolves in Yellowstone National Park were shot while feeding on a buffalo carcass. It is documented that the wolves were almost wholly eliminated from all of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho by 1927.
Humans Created the Need for "Wildlife Management"
By 1935, biologists were already reporting an imbalance in the ecosystem. Overpopulation of grazing animals caused a significant decline in the new growth of native plants and trees. This, in turn, was causing erosion and a population reduction in birds, beavers and other such species dependent on trees and plants for food and habitat.
Federal and State funds were used to regulate the number of elk, deer, and bison by shooting or trapping them. At one time, the Paradise Valley (just North of Yellowstone National Park) held one herd of elk with over 35,000 individuals.
The Federal Endangered Species Act
In 1966, the idea of wolf reintroduction was first presented to Congress by biologists. These scientists believed that because the ecosystem had developed with natural predators, it was destabilized without them. The result of this imbalance was over-grazing and significant habitat destruction in only 40 years—a drop in the bucket in terms of nature and its evolution.
In 1973, the Federal Endangered Species Act was brought into existence; the gray wolf became protected under this new law in 1974.
Wolf Reintroduction in Yellowstone: A Complex Issue
Despite the controversy, the reintroduction of the gray wolf in Yellowstone National Park was approved in 1995, and 14 wolves from Canada were brought and released in three park locations. Almost 75 years after the last two wolves in Yellowstone were shot, the gray wolf was back. Over the next year, approximately 60 more wolves from Canada were brought and reintroduced in both Yellowstone and central Idaho.
In 2000, U.S. Fish and Wildlife reported that the goal of establishing 30 breeding pairs of wolves in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming had been met. Based on this information, the USFWS claimed the gray wolf population was recovered under the Federal Endangered Species Act. Many scientists and environmental groups disagreed, saying there were not enough breeding pairs for healthy genetics and the wolves could not be considered fully recovered. The debate continued into the next decade.
On and Off the Protected List
In March 2008, the gray wolf was de-listed and hunts were planned. Several environmental groups sued the government, and in July of the same year, the U.S. District Court granted a preliminary injunction placing the wolf back on the protected list. The hunts for the fall of 2008 were suspended.
In March 2009, the gray wolf was de-listed a second time. This time hunts commenced in Montana and Idaho, killing a total of 258 wolves.
Again, wildlife advocates sued the federal government and again protections were restored to the wolves in August of 2010. The fall hunt for 2010, which had doubled the previous year's quota, was canceled.
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"Research" Hunts and Federal Gray Areas
So far in 2011, "research" hunts have been used as a way to get around federal protection. Additionally, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer encouraged Montanans to shoot packs of wolves guilty of preying on livestock or "hurting elk herds," regardless of the law. (In parts of Montana, it is legal to shoot wolves to protect livestock.) Federal agents (paid with U.S. tax dollars) have been authorized to shoot over 1,000 "problem" wolves in the last few years.
A Different Point of View
Not everyone missed the wolves. Hard-working livestock owners, of which there are many in Montana, battled one less obstacle in the absence of these adept predators. Additionally, for huntsmen (and women), the new abundance of game animals had become a dream come true. The aforementioned Paradise Valley became a prodigious elk hunting mecca hosting over 3,200 hunters annually.
For decades, Gardiner Montana—a town within the northern boundaries of Yellowstone National Park—held the unique "Late Elk Hunt" for six weeks in January and February just to be able to control the size of the local elk herd. This was, and still is, a significant source of revenue for the state through hunting licenses as well as increased tourism. The controversy over the pros and cons of wolf reintroduction was now in full motion.
How Can Humans and Wolves Better Coexist?
This emotionally charged argument has continued for decades. To some, it is as straightforward as "anti" and "pro" wolf. The "anti" is supposedly the ranchers who are trying to protect their livestock and livelihood from an ever-increasing threat, or the hunters who are choosing to take their hunting trips elsewhere, or the businesses who are losing revenue because fewer hunters means less business. (I happen to fall into this last category myself.)
The "pro" wolf groups are mostly wildlife advocates and environmental groups such as Earthjustice and Defenders of Wildlife who fear that if the wolves are not federally protected, they will surely be mismanaged, over-hunted, and sadly exterminated a second time.
Should the Gray Wolf Be on the Endangered Species List?
There is, however, a third school of thought. Some scientists who started out as advocates for keeping the gray wolf on the Endangered Species List have changed their tune over the past decade. The recent opinion seems to be that the wolves have recovered to the point that they, like other wildlife, need to be managed by local programs and not protected by federal law. If they continue to be protected under the Endangered Species Act, the result will be human/wolf conflicts continuing to escalate until the wolf comes out with the short end of the stick.
These scientists assert that wolves have a minimal impact on elk populations, based on a 2010 study released by Idaho Fish and Game. According to this and other studies, the elk numbers have not been substantially reduced. Rather, the migration patterns of the elk are changing as they attempt to avoid wolf-populated areas. Additionally, they dismiss the rumors of "bigger, more aggressive wolves" as an exaggeration. Still, they are proponents of delisting the gray wolf. Instead, they suggest protection programs like those currently used to manage bear populations. (This is another topic for a lengthy discussion.)
Is State-Level Management the Answer?
Some conservationists, such as The Greater Yellowstone Coalition, propose responsible state-level management involving:
- an established minimum gray wolf population, monitored by federal agencies such as U.S. Fish and Wildlife;
- monetary aid for ranchers who lose livestock; and
- regulated, fair-chase hunting (i.e. no poisoning or trapping) of wolves in numbers based on U.S. Fish and Wildlife reports.
Revenue from hunting licenses could be used to help fund state wolf management programs. If the wolves are delisted, there will no longer be federal funds available.
What Is Happening Now?
This ongoing, decades-long battle is exceedingly complex—a mess we brought upon ourselves a century ago when we decided to take it upon ourselves to "manage" mother nature. In the Montana Capitol, a 2018 resolution urging the removal of the Gray Wolf from the Endangered Species List—known as the Manage Our Wolves Act—passed the House with 99 of 100 votes. The next step will be for the U.S. District Court to approve or reject the wolves' protection. As of 2017, there were an estimated 900 wolves in Montana.
Update: Wolves Lose Protection!
- How Wolves Saved the Foxes, Mice and Rivers of Yellowstone National Park | Earthjustice
Editor's Update, December 16, 2015: Wolves in Wyoming, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin will retain their federal protections after a contentious policy “rider” that would have stripped them of Endangered Species Act protections was excluded from th
- Budget bill cuts federal wolf protection. Environmentalists howling. - CSMonitor.com
After being hunted to near-extinction, wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains have recovered due to federal management under the Endangered Species Act. But wolves will be "delisted" under a rider to the recent budget bill, and environmenta
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no name on April 20, 2020:
where are the pro and cons
Tom Brady on March 10, 2020:
My PP ultra hard
No one on February 19, 2020:
My pp hard as well
Ricky newell on November 11, 2019:
Wolves are THE key to a balanced wilderness. They are just as important as bees and bats.
jared on May 01, 2019:
BloodFang on March 05, 2019:
Wolves should be reintroduced
Hazel on January 14, 2019:
If you want to know some pros here is one the wolf’s are bringing balance to ecosystems
N word on January 14, 2019:
my pp hard
Xd xd on April 25, 2018:
Do u now de weir?
Ya boi on April 25, 2018:
farts haha on March 19, 2018:
Nikki on January 29, 2018:
Umm, who was responsible for the reintroduction of the wolves in 1995? Who were they?
unknown on January 04, 2018:
What are the pros?
JD IV on December 08, 2017:
although i agree that we should not eradicate wolves their is a problem though we are releasing where there is ranches and wolves will attack the bigger slower and more tasty bovine. if anyone has solution please say it.
Steel man on June 07, 2017:
what do you think would happen to columbia basin
YASSSs on May 30, 2017:
For eons, the native species of North America evolved into an entirely self-sustaining balance of predator, prey and supporting habitat. This ecosystem thrived for countless ages without any "intervention" on the part of humans.
In 1872, the first national park, Yellowstone National Park, was established to preserve the natural wilderness and wildlife in this spectacular part of America. However, as early as 1884, an official eradication of large predatory species was put into effect by the State of Montana. It was decided that wolves and other predators, including mountain lions, bears, and coyotes, were killing too many of the game animals such as elk, buffalo and pronghorn. The state offered $1 per wolf killed.
In 1914, the U.S. Biological Survey was founded, a federally funded program with its main goal being to eradicate the wolves in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding areas. The U.S. Biological Survey is still around today but has been renamed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Wolves were hunted, trapped and poisoned, using strychnine on carcasses. In 1926, the last two wolves in Yellowstone National Park were shot while feeding on a buffalo carcass. It is documented the wolves were almost wholly eliminated from all of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho by 1927.
In spite of the controversy, in 1995 the reintroduction of the gray wolf in Yellowstone National Park was approved and 14 wolves from Canada were brought and released in three park locations. Almost 75 years after the last two wolves in Yellowstone were shot, the gray wolf was back. Over the next year, approximately 60 more wolves from Canada were brought and reintroduced in both Yellowstone and central Idaho.
In 2000, U.S. Fish and Wildlife reported that the goal of 30 breeding pairs of wolves in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming had been met. Based on this information, the USFWS claimed the gray wolf population was recovered under the Federal Endangered Species Act. Many scientists and environmental groups disagreed saying there were not enough breeding pairs for healthy genetics and the wolves could not be considered fully recovered. The debate continued into the next decade.
In March 2008, the gray wolf was de-listed, and hunts were planned. Several environmental groups sued the government, and in July of the same year, the U.S. District Court granted a preliminary injunction placing the wolf back on the protected list. The hunts for the fall of 2008 were suspended.
In March 2009, the gray wolf was de-listed a second time. This time hunts commenced in Montana and Idaho killing a total of 258 wolves.
Again, wildlife advocates sued the federal government and again protections were restored to the wolves in August of 2010. The fall hunt for 2010, which had doubled the previous year's quota, was canceled.
So far in 2011, "research" hunts have been used as a way to get around federal protection. Additionally, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer encouraged Montanans to shoot packs of wolves guilty of preying on livestock or "hurting elk herds" regardless of the law. (In parts of Montana, it is legal to shoot wolves to protect livestock.) Federal agents (paid by U.S. tax dollars) have been authorized to shoot over 1000 "problem" wolves in the last few years.
This emotionally charged argument has continued for decades. To some, it is as straightforward as "anti" and "pro" wolf. The "anti" supposedly being the ranchers who are trying to protect their livestock and livelihood from an ever increasing threat. Or the hunters who are choosing to take their hunting trips elsewhere. Or the businesses who are losing revenue because fewer hunters means less business. (I happen to fall into this category myself.)
The "pro" wolf groups are mostly wildlife advocates and environmental groups such as Defenders of Wildlife and Earthjustice who fear that if the wolves are not federally protected they will surely be mismanaged, over-hunted and sadly exterminated again.
There is a third school of thought. Some scientists who started out as advocates for keeping the gray wolf on the Endangered Species List have changed their tune over the past decade. The recent opinion seems to be the wolves have recovered to the point that they, like other wildlife, need to be managed by local programs not protected by federal law. If they continue to be protected under the Endangered Species Act, the result will be human/wolf conflicts continuing to escalate until the wolf comes out with the short end of the stick. These scientists admit wolves have a minimal impact on elk populations, based on a 2010 study released by Idaho Fish and Game. According to this and other studies, the elk numbers have not been substantially reduced, rather, the migration patterns of the elk are changing as they attempt to avoid wolf populated areas. Additionally, they dismiss the rumors of "bigger, more aggressive wolves" as exaggeration. Still, they are proponents of de-listing the gray wolf. Instead, they suggest protection programs like those currently used to manage the bear populations. (This is another topic for a lengthy discussion.)
Some conservationists, such as The Greater Yellowstone Coalition, propose responsible state-level management involving 1.) an established minimum gray wolf population, monitored by federal agencies such as U.S. Fish and Wildlife 2.) monetary aid for ranchers who lose livestock and 3.) regulated, fair-chase hunting (i.e., no poisoning or trapping) of wolves in numbers based on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife reports. Revenue from hunting licenses could be used to help fund state wolf management programs. If the wolves are de-listed, there will no longer be federal funds available.
This ongoing and decades-long battle is exceedingly complex: a mess brought upon ourselves a century ago when we decided to take it upon ourselves to "manage" mother nature. Currently, in the Montana Capitol, a resolution urging the removal of the Gray Wolf from the Endangered Species List passed the House with 99 of 100 votes. The next step will be for the U.S. District Court to approve or reject the wolves' protection. There are currently estimated to be 524 wolves in Montana.
Nancy on May 29, 2017:
What does it say about humanity when the solution to a problem we created is to kill?Wildlife Service already kills millions of our wildlife yearly with taxpayer.
jeff on April 03, 2017:
wolfs do great in envirment
AllysonGray on February 17, 2016:
I guess I'm in the minority - I'm decidedly anti-wolf. I would prefer if they just didn't exist.
Of course, I'm well aware that in their current state, "prey" animals would overpopulate if they had no predators. Since this would be a very difficult reality to change (though perhaps not impossible), I have to accept predators as a sad reality, at least for now. But ideally, they would not be there (or at least not any species that shred their prey apart while it's still alive!)
poodiepie on September 17, 2015:
i love grey wolves
Pauletta on July 28, 2015:
This didn't help me at all, all I wanted is pros and coins.
Love things on November 19, 2014:
I think it's great that the wolves are back
ahorseback on April 02, 2014:
I love all your info , yet federal dollars and subsidization of ranchers and sheep hearders has gone on long enough ! Its time for the wolf! Now !.........:-}
Wolf Lover on January 23, 2014:
I'm doing a persuasive essay on the reintroduction of wolves in school. That really helped. (:
moogoo gypan on December 11, 2013:
All reintroduction efforts should be made in suburbs and urban/wilderness interface. This is where there will not be a significant financial impact due to depredation. This will help with wildlife herds that have adapted to a healthy diet of ornamental shrubs, bountiful forbs, and grasses saturated with nutrients. Likewise, when the cyclic predator/prey cycle reaches a critical point, the predators will be able to switch to alternative food sources such as fat ornamental pets (dogs like Labradors get nice and fat, cats, urban chickens, maybe a colt or lama on that ranchette). However, to expect financially stressed government agencies to spend limited resources to introduce a predator they can not control so we can feel better as a species has the following results. The rural human subspecies of this society, which so few of us can relate to or even interact with now, will have their income and financial security effected. How casual our urban/suburban subspecies can say what is one calf, what is a dozen calves, we will compensate you, when they don't offer 1/10th of their income on a gamble that someone may agree to compensate them. There is no concept of the animal husbandry and time that goes into breeding stock and healthy livestock herds. Likewise, there is no concept of what has happened to the winter range. What in the city might be considered vast expanses of winter range actually no longer exists in the lower 48. It is now divided and fragmented into small sub parcels by the species (humans) that no one is making an effort to control their populations. Humans have taken the winter range and cut it up with roads, subdivision mostly along the river corridors, and yes even those trophy ranches and trophy homes that get visited once or twice a year by a CEO from the big city. This is a devastating formula for herds of animals in areas that typically receive a brutal winter at least once every 10 years. You know the type of winter the urban/suburban subspecies celebrate on the slopes or at the bar in the ski lodge. Meanwhile, the elk and deer herds are concentrated in smaller and smaller drainages as the ski crowd hurtles by in their heavy SUVs and fancy cars expecting the Hwys to be free of any wild life struggling to make it through the winter. So now that we have orchestrated this unnatural environment, let’s bring back the "apex" predator. What a solution, concentrated herds struggling through the winter and a predator that we cannot control. So then we have cyclic success? Okay the Cottonwood elk and deer herds are devastated during that brutal winter, nearby sheep and cattle herds are the alternative prey and we pay out a bunch of money to the ranchers who don't want handouts. Hmmm, think I'll go back to dwelling on how nice life is in the big city petting my pet ferret and thinking how green I am this winter sustaining myself through the natural life of truck farming and starbucks. The bottom line is man has always affected the shape of wildlife populations. Society's perception of what the natural world should look like will always be considered what is environmentally healthy and then we can engineer that. The portrayal that "oh my gosh that poor meadow is hammered by elk" is a perception. Just like "the damn beaver have dammed up the creek and flooded my basement" is a perception. Either way, that actual creek bottom will not disappear and it will support various forms of flora and fauna through natural succession depending upon what stressors or not are placed on it. There will always be stressors or stimuli on all systems in the natural world. Meanwhile, we humans might pass through that area once in a while and then sit in our living rooms or the lecture halls of higher learning and pretend like we know what is healthy and what is not for that specific habitat. Maybe it is time to suggest that the healthiest environment is one where humans are hunter/gatherers not concentrated in one spot and attacking each other for territorial dominance and genetic diversity with the occasional famine thrown in for good measure. Hmmmm, need more coffee.
Human Hunter on October 03, 2013:
Hello Quent Tieg,
I like to hunt people like you down, sedate you, slowly skin you alive, put eye drops of battery acid in your eyes, string out your muscles, and pike you to a tree, because you like to hunt because you see what the main problem is. Thank you for reading, I will be seeing you soon.
ASHLEY COOPER on May 07, 2013:
These are extremely good animals they only attack when the get scared
me on May 03, 2013:
Quent Teig on January 03, 2013:
Hello Mrs. Menagrie.
i found your information useful. I work on my ranch in Montana. But i find wolves quite useless around here. They are a gluttonous species, and i like the fact we were hunting them, (cause we still are) Last year i lost over 35 head of sheep and 14 head of cattle. Thank god we can hunt them here. thanks yal.
Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on November 29, 2012:
Thanks Kerry and I love them too!
KerryAnita from Satellite Beach, Florida on November 28, 2012:
This is a great hub! I love wolves. As an apex predator, they are so important to keeping the ecosystems in which they live in in balance. I love you're point that we shouldn't be pro or anti wolf, and that we just need to learn to live in balance with the grey wolf and other such predators!
Loveofnight Anderson from Baltimore, Maryland on November 27, 2012:
This is a very informative hub, thanks for educating us on this subject.
Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on November 19, 2012:
Thanks Chris, I'm sure you can tell I like them too!
Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on November 14, 2012:
Hello ahorseback and thank you for your very reflective comments! Sadly, it is even worse now than hunting...they are allowing them to be trapped as well. During the last few hunting seasons the quots was not reached so they are approving other means of killing them. Hopefully they won't go too far and let the numbers get dangerously low again.
ahorseback on November 03, 2012:
Hello , although I commented before and I must again , I have seen the west yellowstone rescue for wolves and grizzlies . I guess it's a zoo no matter how we look at it ! The return of the grey wolf now expanded to almost all the northwest states is a great thing ! I would love to them everywhere . Man has long had an almost mystical hatred for the wolf . Poisened , trapped , shot , torn limb from limb by horses , you name it , man has done it ! And Now the biggest enemy is still the rancher , cows , sheep and federal [ a welfare program for ranchers ] ----taxpayer funded subsidies ! One day perhaps the wildlife will reclaim this earth . Until then though we must be vigilant for them ! I don't claim to be an enviromentalist , I am a hunter too. Yet even sport hunting goes to far in my humble oppinion .And yet , hunting is being opened up again for the grey wolf ! Awesomee hub . Love it !
Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on November 03, 2012:
Thank you atyq! I should think we could coexist, but some would need to change their point of view for that to happen.
answers-questions on October 25, 2012:
This is an awesome hub, thanks for sharing. I am for the gray wolf reintroduction, I think that we can Humans and Wolves can better Coexist.
I think that wolves are so fascinating...
Best regards, Atyq
Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on May 31, 2012:
Thanks Reagu...I'll check it out for sure!!!!
reagu from Los Angeles on May 29, 2012:
Awesome hub. These wolves are beautiful. I saw a PBS special on PBS called "In the Valley of the Wolves." It detailed the reintroduction of the animals in Yellowstone an how they fared. Its a nugget of a documentary.
wolf hater on April 23, 2012:
you guys are all tree huggers
Steve Steele on April 21, 2012:
And maybe we should put new protections on rats instead of trying to control them. They certainly "balance" our ecosystem as well.
am301986 from New Delhi on April 20, 2012:
Very interesting and informative hubs......Thanks for sharing. cheers :)
Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on April 18, 2012:
Thank you all so much!
AyCassandra from Quad Cities on April 17, 2012:
i love wolfs!
TheMMAZone from Kansas on April 17, 2012:
When you think it about it.. it is sad that we have to have programs in place to protect the animals from humans killing them off. sad.. but I am certainly glad there are and I appreciate you writing about it and explaining it to someone like me who isn't that educated on the topic.
VoiceInUniverse from Johnson City, TN on April 17, 2012:
A wonderful and informative hub on one of my favorite creatures...not to mention the beautiful photography. I voted this one UP!
FirstStepsFitness on April 16, 2012:
Nice hub very well written.The eocosystems are both fragile and interdependent every plant,insect and animal is woven together tightly .
Dr Pandula from Norway on April 16, 2012:
Very interesting and informative hub! Thanks for sharing! Excellent.
Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on April 12, 2012:
Thank you Lissa!
Lissa Mirror on April 12, 2012:
Such a great animal. Thanks that you gave us opportunity to know more about them
Nfc readers on April 04, 2012:
Thank you for your great post. This blog is great
Mlssilva from Figueira da Foz on April 03, 2012:
They are spectacular animals! So beautiful! For me they are the ultimate survivors! Seeing them back to nature, fills me with hope that the man is becoming more consciousness about the importance of preserving the environment and Mother Nature. Hope to see more actions like this to happen.
50 Caliber from Arizona on March 23, 2012:
Mrs. Menagerie, I just stumbled up on this well written hub while traversing across the pages for a hub on a totally different subject, but, this has been a topic of discussion between myself and wesmantodshaw here on the pages and I had read a news article on the slaughter of a good number, I find it sad as there are areas that these animals could be trapped and released to control over populations of deer, my little brother lives in Tennessee and on his drive to work he has hit at least three white tail deer per year in the last 4 years. The state has allowed a hunter to take (if memory serves) 2 or 3 antlered deer per season but 3 antler-less deer per day. They like Texas have a Ferrel hog population problem, I don't see why the wolves could not be planted in these areas to balance the system, especially where the ferrel hog is destroying the farm land, I would think wolves eating the massive piglet production would be welcomed by farmers, the damn government makes management of species like a see saw, up down up down. I mean come on 3 deer a day every day the season is open? That produces people who like to kill things for the heck of it and then walk away.
I'm a hunter, I live off wild game, literally. If I kill it, I eat it and if I don't my dogs will, nothing gets wasted. I raise my chickens for eggs and meat.
Great hub voted up,
mikeydcarroll67 on March 22, 2012:
It looks awesome that they are bringing back some of the wolves!
Liz El from Everett, WA on March 18, 2012:
Thanks for a balanced and well-written article. I have friends on both sides of the pro/con debate and have not always known what to believe. This article gives me the truth from both sides and helps me understand the issue better.
alliah on March 14, 2012:
where are the pros and cons specifically?
Ruby Glasser from Wyoming on March 08, 2012:
I am so sad, and amazed, that these wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone...how safe is that? Of course this is a complicated issue in which I am not educated, but in putting them back here (I live in the shadows of Yellowstone) it's only a matter of time until they would once again become targets of wrath and ruthlessly hunted down, hated. That's how many of us humans want to do things -- make nature yield to whatever suits us best and conform to our needs rather than work for cohabitation.
cocofireah from USA on March 05, 2012:
This is one of the best hubs about animals!
Java Programs from India on February 28, 2012:
This is one of the best hubs about animals. This wolf is getting extinct and in family of endangered species.
Very well written hub and photos of wolf are just awesome ... Keep up the good work...
vbulletinskins on February 27, 2012:
Wonderful article. Extremely informative and welcome to hubpages!
Geraldnduru from Kenya on February 27, 2012:
great hub.I would like to see wolves because i have never seen one in my lifetime
MarkLockwood from USA on February 26, 2012:
The wolf is amazing and through reintroduction to their natural habitat will hopefully see there continuation as a species.
Mike on February 26, 2012:
My brother got two wolves as a gift and they ate all my ducks. One got run down by a car on the road while the other one was shot dead. These were gray and very fast animals, that would even get indoors and scare the life out of me. http://www.micoequipment.com
Idalberto Torres from Miami Florida on February 26, 2012:
Awesome Hub and it was very well written. The research you did was impeccable. I enjoyed reading the entire Hub. I am a lover of all animals and I hate to see animals killed. I agree we all need to learn to co-exist and share our beautiful planet. The Wolves are just trying to survive just like we are!!!
htodd from United States on February 26, 2012:
Saving of these species is really very much important for human mankind to create balance in nature
Graham Gifford from New Hamphire on February 25, 2012:
Great hub. I loved the subject matter so I quickly clicked on the link t read. I agree that the question is how we better co-exist. So often, we forget that we MUST share this planet. The concept that we are the higher species just doesn't prove a point with me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. BEst Regards,
Freak007 from Bahir dar , Ethiopia on February 25, 2012:
oh thank you so much for sharing
and please sense i am new to hubpages i need some followers can you follow me guys i'll follow you back thanks
moonlake from America on February 24, 2012:
Our state is talking about taking wolves off the endangered list. I worry about putting my dogs outside because I know wolves are in and out of our yard but so are bears. I hate to see the killing of either one.
lifemoments on February 24, 2012:
love the pics.....https://hubpages.com/entertainment/keep-your-pets-...
Magicdust Staff from Sydney, Australia on February 16, 2012:
Beautiful animals, great hub bring attention to the issue, many thanks
jenniferg78 from Philadelphia, PA on February 16, 2012:
This is so interesting and your research is impeccable. Voting up.
yellow2mato from Texas on February 15, 2012:
Beautiful animals. Thanks for writing the article and all the information.
dlolz25 from lipa City on February 15, 2012:
this is very interesting
Eliminate Cancer from Massachusetts on February 15, 2012:
Really enjoyed this - I'm a fan of wolves!
Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on February 15, 2012:
Thank you Fuller Middle School and I'm glad to hear that this was helpful...
Thanks so much BillyBuc!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 14, 2012:
Great hub! Well-researched and presented professionally. Love it!
Fuller Middle School on February 13, 2012:
Hi guys thanks for all the great info about wolves. We are writing a letter for enviormental organizations, so we appreciate this amazing piece of writing.
Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on February 08, 2012:
Hi Phoenix...funny thing, right after reading your comment, I drove to work and also saw a big beautiful, healthy coyote. It is still a thrill for me every time I see wild life of Montana. I hope my grandchildren will get to see them too.
Ky Series on February 08, 2012:
As an Idaho native (that's a northwest state for those who don't know) I can say that the reintroduction of gray wolves and their inclusion on the endangered species list is a heated issue up here. Holistically, it boils down to a question of federal vs. state government, and the extent to which Washington is the representing the differing voices of Americans.
Interesting hub. Thanks.
Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on February 08, 2012:
This is a tailor-made hub for me.
I am a strong pro wolf person. As a matter of fact, I love all top predators and believe that they are key to maintaining balance in ecology. I have been observing wolves all my life and admiring their behaviour. I have also covered them in my hub at:
Your hub is interesting to me because it talks about a 3rd option too. National Geopgraphic in one of its issues in 2008-09 had an article on how hunters are helping manage both prey and predators in the USA. I believe that in the long run its going to be hunters like those mentioned in the article who will be critical for survival of all of our natural heritage.
I am against anti-wolf group, because I have personally observed how ranchers and farmers in Canada have used livestock guardian dogs to defend their livestock against predation from wolves, bears, mountain lions, coyotes, etc. hence, blaming predators for losses is baseless.
Once again, a great hub.
Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 08, 2012:
Ohio reintroduced the grey wolf to its parks, especially in Delaware County, around 1986. After 25 years, the wold has increased some in numbers and the over-populated deer seem to have declined somewhat. Unlike the film "The Grey", we haven't heard of a wolf attack on humans in Central Ohio in all that time.
CHyNCHyN from Malaysia on February 07, 2012:
He look like my Husky!
PhoenixV from USA on February 06, 2012:
Yesterday I saw a coyote that was really close to the town I live near. It seemed odd for him or her to be so close to town. He stopped and looked back and he was only 40-60 feet away and he was a beautiful mix of colors. Lots of browns mixed in with the grays. He looked really healthy. I liked all your Grey Wolf in Yellowstone photographs, they are really a beautiful animal. Great hub!
Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on February 03, 2012:
Robert Pfromm from Lees Summit, MO on February 01, 2012:
Nice article. Virtually every time people get involved in "managing" nature, the end result is mismanagement.
Matt Dawes from England on February 01, 2012:
Great hub Mrs. Menagerie! Very informative and interesting! Let's hope and pray that the courts approve the wolves' protection.
Mazlan A from Malaysia on January 26, 2012:
Hi Mrs Menagerie, this is a sad story and it reminds me of the human genocide that are happening and still happening around the world, directly or indirectly to some of the human races, either due to their cultural, religious or ethnic background
Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on January 26, 2012:
Thank you very much wild child...such a kind compliment!
Wildchild87 from Fond du Lac on January 26, 2012:
Very interesting article! I am always appalled at how many people are just anti-wolf and think they (wolves) should all just die. It's nice to see that someone realizes there are shades of gray in every debate. You were able to do research for your article and that you were very unbiased also. Hope to read more from you!
Magdelene from Okotoks on January 20, 2012:
Excellent Hub Mrs. Menagerie. Very real and people need to take notice. Voted up and awesome.
Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on January 11, 2012:
Thanks so much tiffanytwisted...I've been attentively following their plight for years....
Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on January 10, 2012:
Thank you all for your comments...it is so sad to see the reports of how many were shot on this or that week in our local paper. Grrrr.
roosterbob from Atlanta, Georgia on January 10, 2012:
Beautiful pictures! I've always had love for canines of all kind.
carteblancheiskey on January 09, 2012:
Unbelievable! That got me heated. I almost smashed my monitor in the torrid event of reading it. What it comes down to is that either the wolf is going to be completely eliminated--a creature that has been around far longer than any source of commercial income, for the mere sake of income--or the wolf is going to be regulated and kicked into a retched cage far too inadequate for what it naturally deserves. Gah! (Garbling wildly.) Very informative writing, however. That's a fine article. Thanks.
PrettyWater from Big Lake, Minnesota on January 09, 2012:
I think wolves are beautiful. I have been fascinated by them all my life. Thank you for this wonderful post.
Kevin Schmelzlen from Julian, CA on January 08, 2012:
Great article! It is a shame that the wolves are being hunted in Montana and Idaho. They are so intelligent and socially complex; it's not just the population as a whole that suffers from game hunting, but the relatives of the animal that was shot as well.
James Kenny from Birmingham, England on January 07, 2012:
Great hub, really well written. They are considering reintroducing Wolves here in the UK, they've been extinct here since 1745. They need to at least consider it, because we have a burgeoning population of Red Deer, particularly across the Highlands, but of course, being a small Island with a huge human population, there's always the question of space and being able to co-exist with humans.
Eiddwen from Wales on January 07, 2012:
Ireally enjoyed this one and was not surprised to see all the comments.Great work, and I vote up plus bookmark.
Take care and enjoy your day;
htodd from United States on January 07, 2012:
Great hub..Thanks for the post
Liz Rayen from California on January 05, 2012:
Very Nice Hub. Bookmarking this one for sure!