Haven't we tried this before? And how well did that work out?
you have been living in a cave for the last 20 years the USFWS in the '90's
introduced wolves within Yellowstone Park in order to control elk herds and promote "biodiversity." The wolves were required to be managed and contained within
the park. Due to a variety of factors including lawsuits by special interest
groups and sympathetic judges - the management part didn't happen and the
wolves expanded into areas outside of Yellowstone. Because they were
protected, they reproduced exponentially - decimating many elk and deer herds in
Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
of the hard work (and money) provided by sportsmen and pro-hunting conservation
groups were reversed in short order. Tired of watching the devastation, hunters
and Ranchers joined forces with State DNR officials, and only just recently initiated
the difficult task of reducing established wolf populations. Unfortunately it may be too little -
too late. At least it's a start and I remain optimistic that over time our elk populations can rebound.
reintroduction process was a mess from the jump. Millions of
taxpayer dollars wasted, ranching losses in the millions, lost revenue to
western states due to reduced hunting opportunities, bitter lines drawn and for
what? Ultimately the USFWS reluctantly allowed wolf hunting and trapping after approving, what I consider to be, three 'mediocre' wolf management
plans in the affected states.
run a business and when we make even a small mistake in judgment we learn from
it and never do it again. So I was floored when I saw wolf reintroduction show
up as an official "option" for Colorado - of all places.
leaves me with two questions: Has the USFWS lost their minds? or do the Feds
secretly want wolves everywhere? While not a conspiracy theorist by nature, I
am beginning to wonder. Fresh off one of the most controversial and divisive
wildlife issues in recent memory, it is unconscionable that they would even
float the wolf option as an alternative.
need to wake up.
Alternative C is accepted, here is what I predict will happen.
USFWS will move quickly to release wolf breeding pairs within key areas of this
Colorado Refuge. They will be protected and it will be illegal for hunters,
ranchers, and state game officials to shoot them. They will continue to breed
exponentially and meet the Service's goal of reducing elk populations. The wolves won't
stop there. They will start to negatively affect both domestic livestock and wild
game populations in Colorado. Attempts by ranchers and hunters to reduce
Colorado wolves will be met with federal bureaucracy. If a management plan is
outlined, lawsuits will be filed to halt any attempt to execute them and manage
the now established (and growing) wolf population in Colorado and surrounding states. They will spread southward
to New Mexico, westward to Utah, and eastward to the plains of Kansas. By the
time management is approved, it may be too late.
this scenario is far-fetched?
someone who lives in Idaho.