December 6, 2022

Some States Want The Wolf De-Listed, Others Don't

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The federal government is planning to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list in three states in the west – Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Idaho and Montana have wolf management plans approved by the Fish and Wildlife Service, which is necessary before the feds will de-list a species from any state. Wyoming’s plan has not been approved because basically they intend to have an open season on the wolf during general hunting times. Wyoming has tried unsuccessfully in court to force the USF&W to accept their plan. Until Wyoming comes up with a suitable management plan that is approved by the federal government, the feds will not remove the gray wolf from the list.

Meanwhile, other states hoping to see the wolf make a comeback, don’t want to see the  feds remove the wolf from the endangered or threatened list at all. Maine and much of northern New England are some of those states. Not that everyone wants to see this but most animal rights groups, environmentalists and wildlife preservation organizations don’t want to see the de-listing.

Maine is one state that is seeing more and more wolves over the northern regions. Officials believe these wolves have migrated down from Quebec Province in Canada. At one time, authorities didn’t believe the wolf would or could cross the St. Lawrence River.

They have, probably on the ice during winter, and packs have been found south of the river. As wolves go, they can travel several hundred miles in search of territory, habitat and feeding grounds. Maine, as well as parts of northern New Hampshire, Vermont and New York, have confirmed sightings of wolves but no one is sure whether males and females have mated and formed any packs yet. It is believed this has not occured. When this happens, the wolves will readily spread out and populate vast areas of wilderness.

If what biologists are saying is true, that it isn’t if any more, it’s when, then I would suspect that in a few years northern New England residents will begin calling in to wildlife officials complaining about wolf problems – livestock and pet killings, etc.

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Tom Remington