Bill: sorry but I must disagree. In Idaho and elsewhere wolves are very unlikely to attack livestock and in fact the actual rate of predation is 0.01 percent or 1 in ten thousand. Much more livestock is lost to other predators as well as disease. Wolves belong in North America and the ecosystem evolved with them. They actually help maintain a healthy population of prey animals and the only reason the elk population is de clining since the introduction of wolves is because their populations were allowed to grow unchecked for so long without a natural predator. If left alone the predator prey population will reach a healthy sustainable balance and both will be healthier because of it. It is only human arrogance and ignorance to think that they know better than nature. Also lets be honest, it is the hunters of ungulates who want to maintain these unhealthy populations of elk etc. it is much better for the ecosystem to self regulate. Further livestock loses incurred by wolves are are paid for at full market value by funds established in each state as part of wolf reintroduction. In addition there are many effective non lethal ways to minimize wolf predation of livestock and often this is free to ranchers. Idaho has basically sanctioned year round hunting of wolves without responsible limits that if left unchecked will result in unsustainable levels. What a shame, in my opinion, if we allow the wolf to become extinct, again in USA.
I'm in favor of letting the wolves be, whenever and wherever it's possible to do so.
Back to the wolves...I remember several occasions where deer herds had become too large to be healthy and wildlife management suggested hunts or merely shooting some of the animals. Seems like there was also some concern about them spreading anthrax. Wasn't reducing herd size part of the logic behind introducing wolves?
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I am not trying to start a argument here but these are all facts that I have from first hand knowledge. In addition My wife was county commissioner for lemhi county during the wolf reintroduction and we went to every public meeting and many private meetings before during and after the reintroduction. What you stated above sounds like the same story that was pushed on the public by the USFWS and other groups that has just not proven to be the case. I worked for the Id. dept of fish and game before and during reintroduction. one day prior to reintroduction the office recieved a call from a rancher in the leadore area stating that he had killed a wolf. he was assured that there where no wolves in Idaho at that time. After his insistance that it was a wolf and not a large coyote the rancher brought the "dog" into the office. a wildlife officer looked at it and then was going to issue a citation to the rancher for killing a threatened and endangered species. the rancher had recorded the phone call between himself and the officer where the officer assured the rancher that he could not have possibly killed a wolf because there were no wolves in Idaho so was able to avoid the ticket and prosecution.
I do agrre with you that It is mans arrogance that has caused problems but this goes both ways. It is just as arrogant to reintroduce wolve as it was to exterminate them. As the above story, about the rancher shows there were already wolves in the area but they were shy and elusive and were very seldom seen or heard, when they were it was wrongly assumed that the person/persons reporting the wolf sighting were ignorant and did not knowing what they were talking about. The Canadian grey wolves that were reintroduced are quite a bit larger than the wolves that were historically in the area and also the wolves that where officially not there but apparently really were there. I don't support the Idea that wolves should be completly removed again but I also don't think that they should have been artificially reintroduced/forced on an unwilling population.
I just did a quick google search and found that the original cost was about one million dollars per wolf and there were 13 wolves reintroduced into lemhi county. so i was a little confused. I also found that the costs of managment for the first years was 8,400,000 per year. this is, as i said a quick google search and is probably not exact