Is Wolves Really A Good Thing? Essay

2306 Words Dec 7th, 2016 10 Pages
In the early 1900’s, the loss of habitat and extermination programs led to the gray wolf’s demise. Wolves have once roamed all over the country. They’ve been nearly hunted to extinction with only 50 wolves left in the wild when Yellowstone National Park was young. Hunters back then thought they were helping the deer and elk by killing the wolf, its main predator. They were wrong. A 30 year project to restore the wolf population was made, and the wolves made an amazing recovery. The wolves are now moving outside of Yellowstone and conservationists are looking to expand their range, however, many don’t agree with bringing the wolf back. But are wolves really a good thing? By the 1950’s, the wolf population in the lower 48 states had dropped from 2 million to just a few hundred. In 1987 the gray wolf was listed as an endangered species in the lower 48 states under the provision of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. For forty years, science has guided the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and its legacy of conservation. But today, politics is threatening to derail science, and take its place in guiding the process of gray wolf recovery.“The controversy over the reintroduction of wolves has been going on for about 30 years now because many local farmers, hunters, and taxpayers find it unnecessary and a danger to livestock and to our food supply. Although gray wolves only inhabit 15% of their former range, and have not yet returned to the places they used to live, their federal…

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