Wolf wars continue

The great wolf debate continues in the Northern Rockies. Sounds like the state folks of Idaho have had enough of dealing with the federal government.

Click here to read a recent story from Seattle detailing how the Idaho governor has basically told game wardens not to prosecute wolf poachers.

A little background info for you, as best I understand it.

- the feds released wolves so they could again be part of the Yellowstone eco-system.

- the program’s worked well enough that wolves have moved into all surrounding states and have built populations estimated as high as 800-900 in several states. Several states in the region all along said they did not want wolves on their lands.

-opponents say wolves have severely reduced elk, moose and deer populations in many areas, some as much as 90-percent. That’s made it tough for local hunters to get their yearly meat supply and is having an impact on the region’s multi-million dollar hunting industry.

-proponents say the return of wolves puts the area back into a natural balance.

- opponents say the natural balance will never be back. Buffalo, once a major food for wolves, are now in very limited numbers and other game herds aren’t as numerous because of conflicts with humans, like lack of habitat. They also say the wolves re-introduced weren’t the species native to the Northern Rockies. They say these are a larger sub-species, which require more food and are more efficent killers because of their size.

I have several good friends who are vocal in the fight to give states the right to control wolf numbers within their borders. All claim to have witnessed some serious declines in elk numbers in their area. Interestingly enough none are in favor of doing anything to greatly reduce grizzly bear, black bear or mountain lion numbers in their region.