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Wolf protection stopped in US state

2012-09-02 11:17

Cheyenne - The US government will end its protections for wolves in Wyoming, where the species was introduced two decades ago to revive it from near extinction in the United States.

The announcement on Friday by the US Fish and Wildlife Service entrusts the state with managing wolf numbers and endorses a plan that allows for them to be shot on sight in most of the state, while keeping them permanently protected in designated areas like Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming will take over management of the wolves at the end of September.

The decision of the announcement quickly sparked promises of legal challenges from environmental groups that argue wolves still need protection to maintain their successful recovery. Dan Ashe, the agency's director, acknowledged the "emotional reaction to wolf hunting" but said it would not be "detrimental to long-term conservation of wolves."

"Quite the contrary, it will support long-term conservation of wolves as it has other predators like mountain lion and grizzly bear and black bear," Ashe said.

Wyoming has been chaffing under federal wolf protections for years, with ranchers and hunters complaining that wolves kill other wildlife and many cattle.

North America was once home to as many as 2 million grey wolves, but by the 1930s, fur traders, bounty hunters and government agents had poisoned, trapped and shot them to near extinction in the continental United States. An effort to revive their numbers emerged and centred on starting the recovery in Yellowstone.

Overcoming protests from Wyoming farmers and ranchers who feared wolves would prey on their livestock, wildlife managers transplanted 14 wolves from Canada into Yellowstone in the mid-1990s. The effort exceeded all expectations as wolf numbers quickly multiplied, and Friday's action means Wyoming can now take measures to control their population outside the Greater Yellowstone vicinity.

Comments
  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-09-02 11:51

    We have the same issue in SA with idiots. Extermination is however outlawed.

  • delish7564 - 2012-09-03 00:01

    The world is seriously overpopulated by humans who kill things for fun, so maybe we should start culling them.......that would keep the population down and provide enough food, water etc for those left. Somehow I don't think Governments would go for that :(

  • stormerbandit - 2012-09-03 20:05

    who are we as humans to decide on the wolfs, o sorry america are above everything living.

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