Senator Hatch and wolves. Sheeesh. It's a shame we can't de-list
Hatch. But we're stuck him. Anyone want to bet that he runs for Senate
yet again in a few years?
xscribe -- no one can tell for sure what the elk population was in 1872, but
after wolves were exterminated in Yellowstone, the elk population soared far
beyond the park's range's carrying capacity. As a result, grasses and
small shrubs were overgrazed. Lack of adequate browse left a large number of
elk too weak to survive winter and enormous numbers died of winter kill each
year. Herd numbers now are dropping down not only due to wolves, but due to
some other factors including predation by mountain lions and hunting when they
wander outside the park following age old migration paths.In short,
the current elk population is certainly healthier and more like what was there
"Northern Rocky Mountain wolves, a subspecies of the gray wolf (Canis
lupus), were native to Yellowstone when the park was established in
1872."Some have posted that these wolves were never in this
area. The above would seem to dispute that. So, with that said, here's
what I would like to know: What was the elk population then (1872) compared to
Nothing but Ranchers who don't want to be bothered with watching there
flock and hunters who don't like that natural hunters are taking away their
right to kill.
When I first read the headline I read it as‘Hatch leads effort to strip
gay wolves of endangered status’. Wow!
A few years ago after the introduction of wolves in Yellowstone, the moose
population there took a huge plunge. "Biologists" were totally confused
and did a ridiculous study on willow nutrition to see if the reason the moose
were disappearing had anything to do with willows losing their nutritional
value. Now we see that the elk population in Yellowstone is dropping to record
low numbers. Everyone who has spend any time in the woods knows why and it sure
has nothing to do with willows! If you have been to Yellowstone in the last few
years, did you see any moose? How many elk did you see?
I find it interesting that those of you who live where wolves ARE NOT have such
a difficult time understanding why those of us who live where wolves ARE think
we have reached "enough." In Montana last year over 90
"problem" wolves had to be removed. The Jackson Hole elk herd is down
by 75% from its peak a little over a decade ago even though hunting has been
severely restricted and wolf proponents declare the decline
"coincidence" with the rise in wolf populations. In Montana, every goal
laid out for the initial wolf re-introduction and recovery was met over a decade
ago, and yet it is never enough. The goal-posts keep getting moved, people want
more wolves in more habitat, and the fact is they were NEVER endangered - they
just didn't live HERE anymore. Canada and Alsaka had no shortage.
Applying that logic, you may as well declare caribou, Kodiak bears and snowy
owls "endangered" here as well.
Money. Why else?
I can't believe they are doing this. WHY??