(WOLVES) Since wolves were removed from the Endangered Species List in 2011—despite the fact that only 4,000 exist in the wild—wolf populations are quickly disappearing from the Northwestern United States. This fall, for the first time in decades, Wyoming ruled that wolves can be hunted anywhere within the state’s borders. And while seven of the 10 hunted wolves in the Yellowstone Park region were wearing research collars, wildlife advocates are growing concerned that these wolf hunts are becoming “an issue of the viability of wildlife science” as they are detrimental to costly scientific studies that provide useful data on wolf behavior and biology. Read on to learn more about this nearly two-decade standoff between wolf hunters and animal advocates. — Global Animal
Wolf No. 754 looks over the landscape of Yellowstone National Park before being shot by a hunter in Wyoming’s Shoshone National Forest. Photo Credit: Doug McLaughlin

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  1. Perhaps we should be looking at reducing our own numbers, instead of worrying about the numbers in wildlife. People are too obsessed with $$$'s. Our numbers reached a sustainable number in the late '70s. Also disturbing is the number of people who enjoy killing and suffering. More than ever it seems. Is this linked to our on-going wars in the Middle East? "As long as there are slaughterhouses there will be battlefields." Surely we are socially evolved enough today to not want to cause suffering to anyone, human or nonhuman?

  2. Hunters aren't aiming specifically for collared wolves; they are simply hunting wolves collared or not. However I don't think many wolf hunters would pass on a shot opportunity if they noticed a collar. Wolves are difficult to hunt and shot opportunities are rare. The $35.5 million that wolves supposedly bring to the area doesn't compare to what elk and other wildlife bring to the area as a tourist attraction. The elk herd in YNP is down from 20K in 1995 when wolves were introduced to 4k today. Hopefully that $35 million can help make up for this huge loss in elk.

  3. The targeting of YNP's wolves has many of us concerned here in MT. YNP's Wolf Project has allowed us a look into the behavior of wolves like no other study in history. The project is incredibly beneficial in understanding predator-prey dynamics such as that with wolves and elk.They have also given us a guide on how to live with wolves in cattle country. With certain hunters aiming specifically at YNP's collared wolves (and YNP's wolves in general) hampers the scientific study AND will most definitely have an impact on the economy surrounding the park — wolves bring in $35.5 million yearly to the communities surrounds YNP. The killing of these magnificent animals will have far reaching consequences to the states of MT, WY and ID as well as the park service itself.