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USA: Over 2,500 Wolves Killed in U.S.'s Lower 48 Since 2011!

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Hunters and trappers have killed 2,567 gray wolves in the U.S.'s lower 48 states since 2011! Wolf advocates say the high numbers of wolves killed means that U.S. states are incapable of adequately protecting the country's wolves.

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roxy H (350)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 6:49 am
Hunters and trappers have killed 2,567 gray wolves in the U.S.'s lower 48 states since 2011, according to recent data. Gray wolves (Canis lupus) were protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for nearly 40 years before being stripped of their protection status by a legislative rider in 2011. Last year total wolf populations were estimated at over 6,000 in the region.

However, wolf advocates say the high numbers of wolves killed means that U.S. states are incapable of adequately protecting the country's wolves.

"If this senseless slaughter doesn’t convince the Obama administration we need to reverse course on plans to drop wolf protections, the bloodbath will go on," said Amaroq Weiss with the Center for Biological Diversity. "States are making it very clear that they have no interest in managing wolf populations in a sustainable way."

Gray wolves were almost entirely exterminated from the lower 48 states during the 19th Century when they were targeted as pests and competitors, but clung on in northern Minnesota. Their comeback began in 1978 when the U.S. Federal Government listed wolves as a protected species under the ESA. Since then Minnesota's wolf populations have expanded across to nearby Wisconsin and Michigan. Meanwhile, in the late 1990s, wolves returned to the U.S. Rocky Mountains via migrating populations out of Canada and reintroduction efforts in Yellowstone National Park. Since then the wolf has spread to Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming--all of which currently allow hunting. In more recent years, wolves have also expanded into Washington, Oregon, and California, though none of these states currently allow hunting.

According to recent data, 912 wolves have been killed over the past two years in Idaho, 566 in Montana, 562 in Minnesota, 374 in Wisconsin, 130 in Wyoming, and 23 in Michigan, which recently closed its first wolf-hunting season. Minnesota has the most wolves of any state in the lower 48, but has seen the population drop dramatically in the past couple years.

Since their rebound, wolves have garnered a lot of political enemies. They have been blamed widely for livestock kills, although many states have reimbursement programs and in some places livestock kills actually decreased due to less coyote presence since they were intimidated by the new kings on the block. The large canids have also been blamed for elk predation, which many hunters see as solely their purview. Views of wolves as savage, ruthless, and even dangerous have also reemerged, despite little evidence that healthy wolves pose much risk to people.

Despite such prejudices, decades of research has shown that wolves, and other apex predators, are actually vital to thriving, biodiverse ecosystems. Wolves exert ecological influence by checking elk and deer populations as well as confining these populations to certain areas. For example, scientists studying the impact of reintroduced wolves in Yellowstone National Park found that new forests began to spring up after elks, which no longer felt free to roam and browse at will, took to more mature forests. The new forests brought greater biodiversity and ecosystem services. For example, new trees meant the return of another ecological standout: the beaver. Wolves also help maintain and control populations of meso-predators, such as coyotes.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Interior proposed delisting wolves entirely from the ESA across the lower 48, except for a small population of Mexican wolves (Canis lupus baileyi), a distinct subspecies. Worldwide, gray wolves are currently listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List and their population is considered stable.

Nicole W (646)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 6:50 am
tragic, ty Roxy

Christeen A (371)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 6:55 am

Justin Vale (13)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 9:12 am
at a one percent livestock loss to wolf ratio of the early 2000's they where willing to live with. even though one percent of a close to a half trillion dollar industry amounts to billions of dollars of livestock lost to wolves.
some places are starting to report losses of upwards of 5 percent with some sheep ranches losing 10 percent. that amounts to losses in the tens of billions.
these are the new numbers they're coming to congress with, that's why butch otter's proposal is being funded. more wolves are in trouble.

Justin Vale (13)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 9:31 am
if wolves would just kill what they eat they would fall well within the numbers. but wolf packs are regularly killing dozens of animals and then only eat one. sometimes killing over a hundred sheep just to eat one.
that's what throws the full weight of the numbers against them.
if NRA hunters would have been allowed to cull them at the beginning the packs would have adjusted and would be hunting wild prey almost exclusively because they would have been avoiding humans at all cost. no pups would have died. more mass killings are coming they have the money and the numbers to back their claims. and people calling for free range and free cage are not helping the cause.

kate K (481)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 12:52 pm
Poor poor animals :-(

Thursday January 30, 2014, 1:21 pm
This is so ludicrous....I just cannot comprehend the behavior of the humans specie. These animals need and deserve to live a life in peace. And Justin....give me a break! Thanks for sharing Roxy!

Athena F (131)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 1:35 pm

Judith H (0)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 1:43 pm
THIS IS INSANE!!!!! So upsetting this is happening!

WATCH THIS VIDEO-BEST I HAVE SEEN!!! It shows the lies and who is behind this.
The Imperiled American Wolf!

Rhonda B (99)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 2:12 pm

Kamia T (89)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 2:41 pm
If wolf packs kill more than one animal, it very likely is because more than one animal is sick, and that's THEIR JOB -- to cull sick and unhealthy animals. The more we try to keep ranching going on antibiotics and poor genetics, the more nature is going to find a way to counteract that. Additionally, wolves hunt as much as they can, and other predators scavenge their kills, because they never know where or when their next meal may be. Their kills feed numerous other animals, and no one takes that into account. No one said ranchers or shepherds were "entitled" to 100% of this country. Even as a farmer, I know that. The need to get over themselves and leave the wolves alone!

Judith Hand (55)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 3:10 pm
Noted. The delisting is senseless, but good to keep informed, I guess (?) at least to know what we're dealing with.

Kat K (54)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 3:20 pm
The killing of these beautiful creatures just breaks my heart. It is so senseless. There again, the people who are out there brandishing firearms and killing our animals just plain out love to kill, and that's the fact of that matter. Again I say:" The only good hunter is a dead hunter." If they want to get out and hunt and kill, let them hunt amongst themselves~~we could certainly; use less of them, a lot less!!!

Mary R (280)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 4:02 pm

roxy H (350)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 5:21 pm
Justin, please get off my articles. The Wolf Army does not condone liars spreading lies about the wolves. Which you are! Please do not come back, understand?

Go get educated, make your own articles. I won't bother noting or going to visit. Stay off mine, spreading myths and false lies makes you look really sad. Maybe you need some sun? Go take a break, visit mars!

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 5:45 pm
This is disgusting! Leave the wolves alone! STOP KILLING EVERYTHING!

Sylvie A (193)
Friday January 31, 2014, 4:08 am
Quelle horrible statistique !!! L'inconscience est toujours a l'origine des pires calamités et des pires massacres. Prenons pitié...

Leanne B (46)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 9:00 pm
So sadly noted.
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