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Published: Monday, March 25 2013 5:10 p.m. MDT

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West Valley City, UT

I can't believe they are doing this. WHY??


Money. Why else?

Kalispell, MT

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.

Hayden, ID

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?

Bob A. Bohey
Marlborough, MA

When I first read the headline I read it as‘Hatch leads effort to strip gay wolves of endangered status’. Wow!

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

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.

Colorado Springs, CO

"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 the present?

one old man
Ogden, UT

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 originally.

one old man
Ogden, UT

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?

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