Wolves regain protection in Great Lakes

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Wolves regain protection in Great Lakes

Post by Koa » Sat Dec 20, 2014 9:24 pm

A federal court on Friday ordered a stop to gray wolf hunting in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, saying the animal still requires protection. The ruling overturns a 2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision that opened up hunting and trapping of wolves for the first time in 40 years.
Read more here: http://www.startribune.com/local/blogs/286405931.html


A shame that this is occuring. There is no need for them to receive protection again when conservation efforts should ultimately be directed elsewhere instead of the same region every single time. People will continue to think that these gray wolves are "endangered" when they are not endangered at all.
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Re: Wolves regain protection in Great Lakes

Post by duskypack » Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:31 pm

Urgh, people should care more about red wolves and mexican greys etc.
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Re: Wolves regain protection in Great Lakes

Post by alethe » Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:07 pm

I fail to see why these wolves require protection. The statistics shown there might be more than the allowed amount, but it still isn't "overhunting."


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Re: Wolves regain protection in Great Lakes

Post by Koa » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:44 pm

duskypack wrote:Urgh, people should care more about red wolves and mexican greys etc.
Red "wolves" are essentially coyote hybrids and what once designated them as a unique species seems to be so diluted and perhaps makes the concern for them "questionable;" if the public knew that, perhaps they would think differently, since coyotes are not recognized as "true wolves" in the popular sense (even though coyotes are closer
to wolves than some that are recognized as "actual"
wolves). But I digress.
river6 wrote:I fail to see why these wolves require protection. The statistics shown there might be more than the allowed amount, but it still isn't "overhunting."
Right. This isn't the Mexican gray wolf population we are talking about, which, to be honest, needs all the wolves it can to remain alive if the subspecies is to have a very remote chance of success. These wolves exist by the hundreds and thousands. A few wolves, or even a few dozen, over the quota should not have a dramatic effect on the population.
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