I'm getting a little confused here. Maybe you can help me. First we get to hunt wolves because they've made an unbelievable recovery. Next they close the season, focusing on Wyoming because Wyoming still has them listed as a predatory species in certain parts of the state with an open season. Soon after Idaho and Montana are allowed to hunt them because they have "favorable" plans that fit into overall wolf management. Now, a U.S. district court judge, Donald Molloy, says we can't hunt them again. The entire Rocky Mountain ecosystem has to be listed as endangered, not just certain zones. Presto, no hunting again!
Forgive me if I'm wrong, but the Rockies extend into Canada and if I'm not mistaken, that's where we got the wolves to begin with to re-establish the lower 48 Rockies. Geez! This story bounces around more than a handball in YMCA handball court.
It's simple for me. The wolves have re-established. The facts prove it and now they are beginning to affect other wild game populations, not to mention impact the economic viability of Western communities.
This is just another example of the federal government meddling in state's rights. It's time for the states to say enough is enough. This entire fiasco is a mind game being played by animal rights organizations with no care in the world for the people that live in the West, nor the rest of God's creatures that have to share the landscape with the burgeoning wolf population.
I've said before and I'll say it again. I like to see predatory species, but they no longer can run wild like when Lewis and Clark first trudged up the Missouri. They require management like all large game species. It's time to quit playing fantasy-land wildlife management and manage wildlife in real-world fashion.
I just heard there's no wolf season again. I'm out of here!