Wolf killings are set to expand despite their endangered status. There is a huge push by government agencies to ramp up killings of gray wolves in the regions of the Northern Rockies and the Great Lakes.
Why are Wolf Killings going to Expand?
The gray wolf has had its endangered status restored in the U.S. except for in Alaska and Minnesota. The methods of getting rid of the wolves seem incredibly extreme. There are proposals to gas pups in their dens or to surgically sterilize adult wolves according to MSNBC. Other ideas are to allow hunts for gray wolves to kill them.
The gray wolves were once almost extinct in the 48 contiguous states, but they have made a huge comeback after being protected under the Endangered Species Act. Their multiplication has caused them to attack livestock and big game herds, which has caused some problems.
Some states have allowed wolf hunting, but in August a court ruling has put a stop to those plans for this hunting season. Right now, wolves are often removed by shooting them from an aircraft. It seems inhuman to hunt them in such a way.
However, the wolves are pushing into agricultural and residential areas, and the domestic animals that live in the areas are easy targets for the wolves. Some areas want to call wolf hunts â€œconservation huntsâ€ or â€œresearch hunts,â€ so that they are able to thin the population more easily. There are also some proposals that want to allow ranchers to have more freedom to shoot harassing wolves to protect their livestock.
However, government statistics says that wolves only account for very few of livestock losses each year. If this is the case, then these gray wolves appear to be unfairly targeted by all these extreme proposals to kill them. It is obviously a delicate line to walk because we have to live with the wolves peacefully without wiping them out, but we do not need them attacking livestock and other domestic animals.
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