Wolves are a problem that city-dwellers have zero clue about. The states have actively lied about the true numbers, roaming size, and behavior of wolf packs. It's a political issue, and there's a fine line to be walked between showing that reintroduction of wolves has been successful, which it has been, and admitting that it's been so successful that pack growth is out of control.
Wolves are one of the few animals that kill for sport, something that wolf supporters won't even admit to. They breed at an incredible rate, require massive amounts of meat to survive compared to other predators, and are rapidly wiping out elk and deer herds across the west. Many of them have become dependent upon preying on livestock. Once again, the state and fed governments are in total denial about this.Montana elk herds are down 60% in the last five years, despite a drop in elk tag applications, and a series of mild winters that should have encouraged herd growth.
Why? Wolves are picking off young and adult cow elk like nobody's business.
Go talk to people in parts of Idaho, Montana, or Wyoming about wolves. In some parts of the state they are scared to go outside at times, have had livestock and pets killed for sport, etc. Hunters have been harassed and stalked while quartering game.
I was in Montana last week for hunting and saw two wolves in broad daylight, roaming around open fields near livestock. For an animal that's typically a nocturnal hunter, that's rare, but wolves have balls, and know that many humans won't bother them after decades of being reintroduced under endangered status - at least until the last couple of years.
I saw a ton of dog track in the snow while hunting up in the Lewis & Clark National Forest. Thought it was coyotes at first, until I saw those wolves in the lowlands below the forest. After the first day out there seeing all of that track, I never went out again without my pistol.
I like wild dogs and am not a dog hunter, but if I had a wolf roaming on my property, you better believe it's going down.
Edited by mancat, 02 November 2012 - 04:28 PM.