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R.I.P Wolves of the Northern Rockies

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Uploaded on Apr 30, 2011

Well... if you haven't heard already, over 1,300 wolves in Idaho and Montana will be taken off the ESA withing 60 days from when the bill was passed. Wolf hunts are already being planned.
Have a look at this news article:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwor...

With Ron Gillett's attitude (as shown in this article) wanting zero wolves in the Northern Rockies, these wolves are almost certainly facing a major decline, or even an eradication.

If this attitude does not disappear quickly, it is likely wolves in the Northern Rockies will be eradicated- and then they will pay for it.
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WHY WE NEED WOLVES:

1. Elk numbers will explode. The elk populations will grow and grow and grow, and they will, eventually, run out of food. Disease will spread much more easily. In a few decades without wolves, elk will face a large decline meaning the anti-wolf people (of which 99% are hunters) will not be able to hunt elk anymore.
https://motherjones.com/files/6elkher...

2. While the elk are in large numbers, they threaten the survival of many species, such as aspen, on which many other animals such as beavers and songbirds rely on.
http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/...
http://www.cof.orst.edu/leopold/paper...
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/sep/...

3. Wolves help scavengers. By not eating all of their kills, wolves provide a sustainable food source for scavengers such as bears, coyotes, ravens, and eagles.
http://nature.berkeley.edu/getzlab/di...
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic...
https://motherjones.com/files/4scaven...

4. Wolves help pronghorn by keeping coyote numbers in check.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/...

5. Wolf kills are good for soil.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19...

6. Wolf tourism is an economic boon. https://motherjones.com/files/10wolve...


7. Many studies show wolves help ecosystems, and not just in Yellowstone:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/todd-pa...
need-wolves-in-our_b_177209.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/na...
https://motherjones.com/files/1predat...
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm...
http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/...
http://www.physorg.com/news135005962....
http://www.hcn.org/issues/314/16046
http://www.plosbiology.org/article/in...

As you can see, wolves, in general, keep ecosystems in balance. It's simple logic. Wolves are at the top of the food chain. They are a keystone species. They existed with elk and deer and hundreds of other species for thousands of years without human interference.

Without them, Yellowstone becomes an elk farm- which I guess is what the anti-wolf extremist hunters want.

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