Wolves to come off endangered list within 60 days

Wolves to come off endangered list within 60 days (AP)
This image provided by the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Department shows a collared gray wolf, part of the Smart Creek trio pack is shown southwest of Drummond, Mont., in the fall of 2009. Legal experts say the Obama administration’s support of Congressional action to let hunters target gray wolves in the West will open the door to future attempts by lawmakers to circumvent one of the country’s bedrock environmental laws.(AP Photo/Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Department)

(AP) -- Federal wildlife officials say they will take more than 1,300 gray wolves in the Northern Rockies off the endangered species list within 60 days.

An attachment to the budget bill signed into law Friday by President strips protections from wolves in five Western states.

It marks the first time Congress has taken a species off the endangered list.

Idaho and Montana plan public wolf hunts this fall. Hunts last year were canceled after a judge ruled the predators remained at risk.

Protections remain in place for in Wyoming because of its shoot-on-sight law for the predators.

There are no immediate plans to hunt the small wolf populations in Oregon and Washington. No packs have been established in Utah.

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Apr 16, 2011
God help the wolves ( since humans have decided the wolves don't need help ). When is congress going to strip protection from the non endangered species of corrupt politicians in Washington?

Apr 16, 2011
Too many people, not too many wolves.

I hope the hunters "always live in interesting times."

Apr 16, 2011
"Too many wolves"? There are an estimated 10,000 wolves in the U.S. That's more than enough for my comfort. Regulate them so they don't get out of control.
Where i live in the north west, i always consider taking at least a pistol with me if i go hiking or running, just in case. There have been numerous wolf sitings in my area and we live 20 miles from the mountains.

Apr 16, 2011
"Too many wolves"? There are an estimated 10,000 wolves in the U.S. That's more than enough for my comfort. Regulate them so they don't get out of control.

The ones who are getting out of control are humans not wolves. A sighting is just that a sighting. You were not attacked because wolves have learned to not attack humans. They do kill farm stock but the farmers have always been compensated fairly for their losses. So where is the problem?

Apr 16, 2011
Epsi00, NOT REALLY. Wolves are just like Grizzlies. If they have their young around and you are around, there's likely to be trouble. It also depends on how hungry they are too and whether or not they are in packs. The problem is it wouldn't happen so much in the first place if they were properly regulated. Also, I don't feel comfortable taking money from public coffers anyway.

Apr 16, 2011
You have a better chance of winning the lotto, getting attacked by a shark, or getting struck by lightning than getting attacked or even killed by a wolf in North America. (Google for the wikipedia article on wolf attacks, this site doesn't like links). It's funny how everyone always talks about regulation yet Minnesota gets along fine with their wolves, as has Canada and Alaska. Wolves will almost always retreat, especially if they have young, which is unlike grizzlies. In fact, if you'd like to talk a look at historical accounts, there are many documented cases of people going right into wolf dens - with the mother present - and taking the pups with no problem. There's even documentation of cornered wolves allowing their captors to do whatever they like, such as hamstringing them, wiring their jaws shut, or tying up their legs to pull them apart. Before you go perpetuating popular myth of the big bad wolf, take some time to read up on real wolf behavior.

Apr 16, 2011
There is a legend here in the mountains of western North Carolina about a wolf saving a hunters life during a snow storm by laying down next to him and keeping him warm. Personally I fear the two legged wolves more than my four legged brothers.

Apr 16, 2011
wolves have been our good friends for a very long time... they deserve better, just like many other creatures deserve better.

Apr 16, 2011
It sure smells like troll in this thread.

Apr 16, 2011
The real wolves are in Washington and Wall Street.
Wolves are doing their job in the wild, which is to control the population of other animals. You remove the wolves from the equation, you pay the price.

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