Endangered or Not, Wolf Killings Set to Expand

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Government agencies are seeking broad new authority to ramp up killings and removals of gray wolves in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes, despite recent court actions restoring the animal's endangered status across most of the country.

Various proposals would gas pups in their dens, surgically sterilize adult wolves and allow "conservation" hunts to drive down the predators' numbers.

Once exterminated across most of the West, wolves made a remarkable comeback in recent decades. Yet as packs continue to multiply, their taste for livestock is stoking a backlash.

Wildlife officials say that without public wolf hunting, agencies need greater latitude to eliminate problem packs.

Wolf advocates say the response to marauding wolves is too heavy-handed.

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  • by James Location: Lansing on Sep 7, 2010 at 05:51 AM
    Dear Jerk, (your name suits you well) You obviously have not seen a wolf in the wild, nor do you realize that compared to wolves, human beings are the most vicious, dangerous, and wildest animal on this planet. Your statement "when they cross the line from their habitat to ours" made me laugh so hard in disbelief that someone could be so ignorant and selfish, that I almost spilled my coffee.
  • by Jerk on Sep 6, 2010 at 08:16 AM
    Good morning bleeding hearts! So, by the very logic Dianne brings us, Humans keep the wolf population in check by controlled hunting. We are part of the ecosystem too, and since the dawn of time, man has been predator to other species as a means to feed himself and to eradicate vermin that prey upon his livestock. The wolves were re-planted in 'remote' areas and have now multiplied unchecked to the point where they are expanding ino areas where they begin to encounter natural predators, including US. I say shoot on sight when they cross the line from 'their' habitat into 'ours'. Wolves are dangerous wild animals like bears and when individuals lose their natural fear of us, they need to be addressed. Exterminate? no. Control? yes.
  • by Steve Location: Howell on Sep 6, 2010 at 07:14 AM
    What a stupid thought. Wolves are an important part of the eco-system. Gassing pups??? Who is the idiot who thought that one up?
  • by James Location: Lansing on Sep 6, 2010 at 06:56 AM
    In 1960 the human population on Earth was around 3 billion. Now it is over 6.5 billion. Humans have destroyed millions and millions of acres of land, polluted the oceans, cleared forests, and basically destroyed the environment.. Maybe a better proposal would be to feed our newborns to the wolves.
  • by ty Location: Hillsdale on Sep 6, 2010 at 05:54 AM
    I dont believe we should have the power to decide whether or not a pup survives in this world. This sounds like animal crulty to me and should be punnishable by law like many other animal crulty cases. This is unbelievable. Maybe the farmers who are losing their livestock should be forced to spend money and put up better fences to keep the wolves out. Spending money would probably help the economy also
  • by Anonymous on Sep 6, 2010 at 03:37 AM
    I wasn't aware that wolves were capable of "Marauding."
  • by Mike Location: Charlotte on Sep 5, 2010 at 04:48 PM
    On the list off the list, Love it KILL the pups? I think you should GAS the morn that makes these things up!!!! TV 10 let the people make the choice!! whats said !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Dianne Location: Laingsburg on Sep 5, 2010 at 03:57 PM
    Gassing pups in the dens?!?!?! How is this even being considered?? While some rare packs or lone wolves can be a danger to ranches or farms, most wolf packs stay far from people. Our continual destruction of wild life area is the cause of the problem, how is killing them the solution?? This is just wrong, they could be relocated to more remote areas rather than eliminated. Wolves and other predators keep the other wild populations in check and reduce the numbers of diseased animals (by killing the weak). Simply said, they are a part of the ecological system and conservation.
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