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Published: Tuesday, March 27 2012 2:05 p.m. MDT

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Mountanman
Hayden, ID

“Wolves are useless animals of waste and destruction”, Teddy Roosevelt, founder of Yellowstone National Park. He would be so proud of what Canadian wolves have done to “his” park today! 80% fewer elk and moose have almost completely disappeared from the park! Just think of what the wolves can accomplish in another 10 years!

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@mounta(i)nman
"Yellowstone biologist Doug Smith said the herd remains healthy despite its smaller size. The number is more in line with historic levels since wolves were reintroduced and grizzly bears and mountain lions returned naturally, he said."

So it is at a :healthy" level in in line with what is historically normal, so what is the problem? is it cutting into your unnatural hunting when they are outside the park?

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

@ Spring street. Thanks for your comments. Do you honestly expect Doug Smith, a biologist whose salary is paid for by the federal government who put the wolves into Yellowstone, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming to say anything negative about wolves? If he did, it would cost him his job. If you want other real biologist’s research about what wolves have done, why not contact any one of them in any of the states I mentioned or contact the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Missoula, Mt. And by the way, I don’t hunt elk in Yellowstone Park! Its all about values to me! I place a lot more value on having abundant elk and moose more than I do having a lot of wolves, because even Doug Smith’s comments will tell us, we cannot have both!

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@mounta(i)nman
hey thanks for the references, even though the rocky mountain elk foundation clearly has a very strong built in bias driven by hunters it did provide a reference to one good article where the state wildlife management people in Montana clearly take issue with opinions blaming wolfs.. they clearly state that the research being conducted needs to be completed and the facts from that research and not peoples opinions should drive conservation policy. What the foundation does not do is provide any research supporting their open hostility towards wolfs, kind of the same thing you do repeatedly on these threads.

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