When Congress delisted the Grey Wolf from the Endangered Species Act in 2011, a number of Green organizations howled in protest. Their concern was that states would allow hunters to start harvesting them and the wolves would once again be driven to extinction. Now after two years, it appears these concerns were unfounded. As reported in Energy and Environment’s Greenwire, despite two years of permitted hunting, wolf packs in the Yellowstone area have increased from 287 packs to over 320 – a 12% improvement. And when you also consider that wolf numbers now stand at a healthy 1,600 animals, it appears as though both hunting and conservation goals can go hand in paw in Yellowstone.
May 17, 2013 by Craig Rucker,
Craig Rucker is the executive director and co-founder of CFACT.