Debate Wolves are a species that we have in this world that people are taking advantage of. People think that they can kill these endangered species because they are “harmful” in our environment. People also kill these wolves for sport. In some states they think that killing wolves will help the environment, so they set out a quota that can be met.
Wolves are so important to the wild. 35 years ago they were rescued from the brink of extinction. Since they were almost completely whipped out they gained federal protection under the Endangered species Act. Since Obama removed the gray wolf from the endangered species list in April 2011, sport hunters and trappers alone in Idaho, Montana, Minnesota and Wisconsin have senselessly slaughtered over 1,600 wolves. When Obama singed the federal budget into law on April 15, 2011 he also signed the death warrants for hundreds of wolves. Now management of wolves is left to states, and already state managers are opening hunting seasons on wolves who have just managed to gain a toe hold and reoccupy territory from which they were extirpated by ranching and agricultural interests just a few decades ago. Wolf management has swung full circle in 50 years from extermination to recovery, and now back again.
These free roaming packs of wolves will be luck to survive anywhere outside of a National Park. Idaho has the largest wolf population of about 1,000 before the 2011-2012 hunting and trapping seasons opened. As of March 1, 2013, roughly about 624 wolves have been killed. With the tags going for about $11.50 for 5 hunting and 5 trapping tags. These 10 tags are allowed for only one hunter, and in Idaho there are no quotas in much of the state, and very few hunting restrictions. In Montana the hunting season began in early September 2011, with tags only selling at $19, but they have a quota of 220 dead wolves. Since Obama took the wolves off of the endangered species act in Montana roughly 40 percent of the total population of about 600 wolfs have been killed. In Montana about 166 wolves have been killed and about 70 more wolves by Wildlife Services.
As of March 1, 2013, 391 Montana wolves have been killed by hunters, including some with GPS collars being studied by scientists within the Yellowstone National Park boundaries. Since so many wolves have been slaughtered Montana temporarily closed an area adjacent to Yellowstone’s north boundary. In Idaho, Montana, Wyoming is required to maintain a statewide population of at least 150 wolves, including 15 breeding pairs, to prevent a relisting. The Fish and Wildlife Service’s latest estimate puts current numbers in all three states (Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming) at more…