United States Considering Removing Canadian Wolves from Protected Species List

The Canadian Grey Wolf has been on the endangered species list for years. However, they were reintroduced to Yellowstone park in 1995 in an attempt to rebuild their numbers. The number of wolves in Yellowstone reached about 1700 according to counts taken in 2012.

The steady increase in the number of wolves has led the U.S. Fish and Wildlife consider dropping the animals from the endangered species list and to start allowing killing of the wolves if necessary. It is important to note that the population has exceeded its grown projections for over eleven years which has led to the consideration of dropping them from the list.

“I think it was successful in that it demonstrated that clearly it can be done,” Paul Paquet, a senior scientist at the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, says of the reintroduction effort.

“Whether it can be sustained is where the questions is.”

There are numerous conservation organizations which are protesting this action. Organizations which are similar to the Centre for Biological Diversity think that the removal is too soon and will lead to a reduction of the population to dangerous levels like before.

Many of them have filed lawsuits attempting to put a stop to their removal from list of protected animals and attempt to ensure that their numbers continue to increase. Fish and Wildlife would, however, prefer to keep the number around a thousand. Only time will tell which organizations will get their way.

Responses to "U.S. May Lift Protection for Canadian Wolves"

  1. luigi837 says:

    leave them alone and what harm does these wolves have ever done to you ???????????

  2. Unknown says:

    Why can't we let nature take its way, instead of trying to play God with everything?

  3. Anonymous says:

    They were here long before us. Why does man have to destroy these beautiful animals or any for that matter. They kill to survive as does other canine and feline animals in the wild. It is the law of nature!!!!!!!

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