Return of the Wolves
Wolves off Endangered List
Management of species turned over to Wyoming, Idaho and Montana
"Wolves proved so resilient in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana that today the US Fish and Wildlife Service removed them from the Endangered Species List, turning their management over to the states, along with the $3 million yearly price tag. The delisting doesn't affect Colorado, because there have been virtually no wolves in the state since the 1930s, aside from a few cases of individual wolves found the past few years — either their footsteps spotted, or a carcass found on a major highway."
"The expansion of the wolf population has been stunning," said LyleLaverty, assistant secretary of Fish and Wildlife and Parks. "It's because of years and years of hard work from academics, consumergroups, landowners, state governments. We're confident the wolves will be in good hands." Hall said about a quarter of all adult wolves in the area die each year, either from being shot, run over or other causes. Still, the wolfpopulation has been expanding 24 percent a year. Wolves and humans are the species that spread over the most land area on planet Earth.
Read the full article in the Rocky Mountain News