Space to survive: Even wolves need room, new USU study finds

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  • demir Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2014 11:06 a.m.

    Wolves don't multiply until all the prey is gone, they are self-limiting.

    I believe a few wolves occasionally eating cattle isn't going to interrupt the food supply all that much. The cattlemen's jobs are hard. They've been shooting wolves to protect their cattle for a long time. Comes with the territory.

    Open season for anyone is a really bad idea. I contend allowing ranchers to kill wolves attacking their herd, but nothing else. Federal reimbursement also a bad idea, let the cattlemen protect their herd, especially if they are on federal land.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    May 14, 2014 11:51 a.m.

    To "Shawnm750" but we kill off entire species of life all the time, and see to do so every year.

    If we don't "have the right to extinguish an entire species" to protect ourselves and property then we should cease research into eliminating viruses that hurt people, plants, and animals. Why do we let some life thrive while seeking to kill off others?

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    May 14, 2014 11:03 a.m.

    @Strider303 - That's the exact thinking that lead to the wolves being killed off in the first place and the whole reason we had to reintroduce them in the first place... Mankind and nature need to find a balance. I believe we have a right to protect our property and stock from predators, but I don't think we have the right to extinguish an entire species to do it.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2014 9:53 a.m.

    I was not in favor of the re-introduction of wolves to the lower 48 Eco-system.

    They make cattlemen's jobs all that much harder, the same for other four-legged grass eating critters.

    I think open season, all year long is in order.

    We aren't the 1800's wild west, we depend upon grazing animals for meat, hide and cloth (wool does come from sheep, not REI). Anything that damages the food supply needs prompt action.

    No, I don't favor reimbursement by the Feds for losses, just eliminate the problem and avoid the middleman.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 13, 2014 1:31 p.m.

    In all of nature its always survival of the fittest which has produced the strongest wolves and everything else by natural selection. In essence, wolves are only practicing pure capitalism (survival of the fittest). Does that make wolves selfish and greedy? Is socialism really just evolution in reverse?

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    May 13, 2014 12:46 p.m.

    To me the most amazing aspect of this "study" is that there could have ever been any surprise at the outcome. How revelatory is it, really, to discover that there would be competition for space and resources among wolves, or that they would fight to defend those resources?

    I suppose it's worth something to confirm something that seems so intuitively obvious. But, it can't (or shouldn't) be too much.