By overpopulation they have caused many problems from farmers to hunters, even some game. In some small way they may have helped with the illegal poaching of the wolves by making it legal to purchase tags and trapping permits. There are many ways in which the government and the people who care about the wolves and the people that are effected are working to fix this problem. Works cited (1) http://www.ask.com/question/how-do-wolves-hunt (2) Rob Pennell (3) http://www.fws.gov/wafwo/species/Fact%20sheets/gray%20wolf%20final.pdf (4) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mackenzie_Valley_wolf (5) http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/wolves/?getPage=260
Many wolves were removed from regions where they weren’t even threats to humans or livestock (Klinghammer 446) because wolves, like grizzlies, were perceived as competitors for land and food. Unlike grizzly bears, wolves didn’t survive in the Northern Rocky Mountains because of poisonings, shootings, and bounties for their pelts (Barker 177). These actions caused the extinction of wolves in western states, changing the ecosystems by eliminating a natural predator. The reasons for this genocide, according to David Mech, were “the possible predation by the wolf upon man. .
Everyone knows of the apocryphal evil that is wolves, hunting our children, killing our livestock, taking the best deer. Having a wolf hunting season seems like a no brainer, right? But what if that’s not how wolves are, what if they are innocent, so to say. Should they be hunted? The short answer is no.
Despite what is believed by many, with proper control, animals will not be hunted into extinction. Without some sort of wildlife management, our wild animal populations could become out of control. Works Cited Barkham, Patrick. "The Lions Bred for Slaughter." The Guardian.
By killing such great mammals we are destroying their herd’s population and the future they hold. As stated in the “Protect Bears from Hunting” a trophy hunt would do nothing to prevent conflicts (MacFall). The conflict is that we must stop the killing of animals that are endangered and let nature have its way with minimal human interaction. Another view is that trophy hunting not only target big game animals, but the animals that are big game such as the lion, depend on other game animals for food such as the Antelope. While trophy hunters effect this species, they not only hurt the deer population, but the predators that follow their migration to stay alive and defend their territory.
Reuniting the Grey Wolf In 1914 the United States Congress approved the funding to destroy wolves. Many of the Government bounty hunters decided to help farmers to protect there livestock from the destructive creatures. Sixty years later the wolves are considered as endangered. In 1973 the United State Congress passed another law (Endangered Species Act) this act stated that all endangered species could not be killed by anyone or they would face a fine of one thousand dollars and as much as one year in jail. So many organizations started programs to help the wild life one of which was called the Wolf Recovery Program.
The latter group wishes to enable the coyote and, perhaps other predators, to survive in the open range, as they have for millions of years. Species that kill farm animals include others: mountain lions, bears, bobcats, and red wolves as well as coyotes. This paper on aversive conditioning mainly addresses whether behavior of coyotes can be altered without affecting their survival in the wild. The question Mssrs. Gustavson and Garcia attempt to address is whether coyotes can be conditioned to kill animals such as mice, rabbits, gophers, and squirrels- species of no economic value in the western United States- while leaving sheep alone.
The Environmentalists, however, also have evidence supporting their side. They first attack the ranchers’ claim of wolf depredation of livestock by claiming that the cost to ranchers is virtually zero. Environmentalists are right in that the wolf kill a very small percentage of the farmer’s livestock. In 2009, 97 cattle were killed in the state of Montana. Government statistics show that 2.6 million live in Montana, meaning only a miniscule %.004 of cattle was killed.
As settlers moved into the United States, wolves became more and more scarce in the wild of America. As the wilderness areas of the United States declined, so did the population of the wolf, until there were only a few spots in the wild where wolves could still be found. Wolves used to thrive in the western United States. There was ample game to hunt and plenty of places to live and wander. Until people moved in, wolves were settled.
Texas still continues to have one of the highest numbers of wild animal farms in the USA. Certain laws have been put in place to prevent hunting on enclosed ranches to make it illegal in twenty-two states. (“Canned Hunting”). These ranches argue that because the ranch provides guides, and a chance to shoot a record class animal for the hunter it is an ethical practice. Other organizations like The Born Free Foundation believe that it takes away from the traditional meaning of hunting, and closing animals within a range is not safe.