Over 1,500 wolves killed in the contiguous U.S. since hunting legalized

Over 1,500 wolves killed in the contiguous U.S. since hunting legalized

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Hunters and trappers have killed approximately 1,530 over the last 18 months in the contiguous U.S., which excludes Alaska. After being protected under the (ESA) for 38 years, gray wolves () were stripped of their protected states in 2011 by a legislative rider (the only animal to ever be removed in this way). Hunting and trapping first began in Montana and Idaho and has since opened in , Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

In Minnesota’s first season of wolf hunting since the species lost their protected status, hunters and trappers killed 412 wolves, slight above the state’s ceiling of 400 wolves. Before the hunting, Minnesota was estimated to have around 3,000 wolves, the most in any state other than Alaska which houses upwards of 7,000 wolves.

During Wisconsin’s first season, hunters and trappers killed 117 wolves. Before its kick-off, it was estimated that 850 inhabited Wisconsin’s forest, but the state has established a policy to cut down this population to just 350 wolves and keep it there.

Wolf in National Park. Photo courtesy of National Park.

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Anne Grice

The pathetic ignorance of humans with deep obsession to kill every living beings must stop! Wolves are important to this planet, they do not destroy it the way humans do so how could you justify to kill them! Humans are the garbage of this planet!

Roy Buxton
Roy Buxton

Should the rest of the world worry about a country whose government is so easily pushed around by people who want to kill things?

Ken Billington

Rowley, the main source for the statistics is Defenders of Wildlife on the link http://www.defendersblog.org/2013/02/wolf-weekly-wrap-up-110/ – good luck with your critical analysis essay.

Rowley Cole-jones

could somebody please give me some reliable information on where these figures come from, as I am doing a critical analysis essay on this subject.

thanks

rowley

Rowley Cole-jones

could somebody please give me some reliable information on where these figures come from, as I am doing a critical analysis essay on this subject.

thanks

rowley

Rowley Cole-jones

Hi
please could you give me a reliable reference for these figures, as I'm writing an essay on this issue.

thanks

rowley

Rowley Cole-jones

could somebody please give me some reliable information on where these figures come from, as I am doing a critical analysis essay on this subject.

thanks

rowley

Ken Billington

Rowley, the main source for the statistics is Defenders of Wildlife on the link http://www.defendersblog.org/2013/02/wolf-weekly-wrap-up-110/ – good luck with your critical analysis essay.

Rowley Cole-jones

thank you!

Nina Stavlund

This is terrible!

Nina Stavlund

This is terrible!

Sean Sheehan

The real problem is the creation of pack instability with the removal of Alpha animals. This creates pack instabiity, and a self fulfilling prophecy of problem animals that are inexperienced and un-educated. Yellowstone National Park lost all its collared research wolves this winter.

Sean Sheehan

The real problem is the creation of pack instability with the removal of Alpha animals. This creates pack instabiity, and a self fulfilling prophecy of problem animals that are inexperienced and un-educated. Yellowstone National Park lost all its collared research wolves this winter.

Elaine McFall

These beautiful animals should never have lost there protected status!

Christian Rørdam

My, my, my. Education still has a long way to go. Are we still living in the 18th century?

Christian Rørdam

My, my, my. Education still has a long way to go. Are we still living in the 18th century?

Brigit Earl

Another win for hunters, what is happening?

Brigit Earl

terrible news to hear that hunters are again let loose on this beautiful animal