Continue delisting the gray wolf

Wolf populations in the Northern Rockies have more than tripled the agreed upon carrying capacity since their re-introduction in 1995. "At that time there were 19,000 elk in the Northern Yellowstone herd. By 2008, the herd was reduced to 6,000. Current estimates place the herd at less than 5,000. The moose herd in that area has dropped below 1,000. Around the same time there were 9,729 elk in District 10 of the Lolo Basin in Idaho, and 3,832 in District 12. By 2010, the elk herd in District 10 had plummeted to 1,473, and in District 12 in 2010 there were 705."
The Rockey Mountain Elk Foundation now favors "managing wolves like other predators, because their population numbers have soared way over the benchmark goals of the re-introduction as elk herds have declined by 80 percent or more in certain areas of the Northern Rockies." Bottom line is that this is now a states' issue. We need to continue to support state regulated wolf management. The US Fish and Wildlife Service recommended the delisting of the gray wolf. Its time to control wolf populations and begin rebuilding the elk and moose herds in the Northern Rockies.
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