Sunday, September 16, 2012

Now we just have to get the rest of the country off of federal assistance.....


Most wolves in the continental United States soon will be off federal assistance.
For more than 300 years, trappers and settlers did their best to exterminate wolves, for their pelts and to protect livestock. They were so successful that only a few hundred gray wolves were left in the lower 48 states when they were listed as an endangered species in 1973.
Now the wolves are back, with roughly 6,000 in the contiguous United States and 7,700 to 11,200 in Alaska. The Obama administration has declared all but two small populations — Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico and Arizona, and red wolves in North Carolina — fully recovered. On Oct. 1, Wyoming will become the fifth state with a significant wolf population to legalize hunting.
Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe called the wolf comeback “a great success,” but it means that wolves are now fair game, and he noted that not everyone likes the idea of killing them.
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Thanks to Stretch for the link.



4 comments:

Tango said...

I'd be interested in trying wolf meat sometime. Not knowing much about em, are they scavengers or strictly hunters?

wirecutter said...

Honestly, I think they're hunters that won't hesitate to scavenge if they get hungry enough.

drjim said...

Oh, boy...this'll sure bring out the PETA wackos....

angrymike said...

Drjim beat me to it, now on to the 11 year old who take you behind the woodshed for wanting to hurt those fuzzy wittle animals ........enjoy yourself......... ;-)