Wolf Population Control Essays

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The wolf is an incredibility majestic creature of the wild. Centuries of hunting have pushed the wolf to the brink of extinction. Man decided to bring back the wolf, but it took many years before their numbers came up enough to be taken off the endangered species list. Now the wolf is abundant with overwhelming numbers. In 2009, a law was enacted allowing people to go out to the local Fish and Game office and buy a license to hunt wolves. In Idaho, this only costs eleven dollars and seventy-five cents. Native Americans have a very high respect for the wolf; they have a great love for them and are implemented in their everyday life. They as well as many citizens think that Fish and Game should control the population of the wolves humanly …show more content…
They get to eat first, and then the rest of the pack follows. The alpha leaders make all of the decisions ranging from hunting to moving to other locations. In the 1800s, the ranchers started to take over the land for grazing of livestock. The wolves’ natural food source is the bison, but since the ranchers came they killed all the bison, and replaced them with cattle and sheep. Therefore, the wolves started to hunt their herds. In the 1900s, ranchers, federal agencies and state agencies started the extermination process to get rid of wolves and coyotes. They used rifles, traps and poison. This is not a humane way to kill any animal. They would put poison in the carcass of a cow or sheep so that when eaten, not only would they kill the wolves but any other animal that ate the meat. It could even be hazardous to humans if consumed. This is a very painful way to die. By the 1930s the wolf population was almost wiped out. Park rangers in 1924 came across 2 pups and killed them on site. These were the last known wolves. They had exterminated the wolf population from State parks, National Forests and private lands. Was there really a reason to kill every single known wolf? Eventually, wolves were spotted in Canada, and so began the effort to bring wolves back into Yellowstone National Park. The wolf was at the top of the food chain, and since they were no longer around, the elk and deer populations increased dramatically. The ecosystem started to

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