Saturday, January 9, 2010

Wolves firmly established in Montana but the debate goes on

Wolf numbers seem to be back from brink of extinction in the Rocky Mountain West.  It is estimated that the numbers of wolves in Montana alone are now around 500.  Because of this 2009 was the first official wolf hunting season in this area in many years as reported in the blog: The Sleeping Giant - Nature Spirituality in Montana

"For Ed Bangs, 2009’s first-ever wolf hunting season in Montana and Idaho proved that the federal Endangered Species Act works. As one of those instrumental in their reintroduction in the Northern Rockies in 1995, Bangs viewed the season as evidence that those wolves have advanced from a species threatened with extinction due to poisoning and trapping in the early 1900s to a predator whose numbers are so abundant that they need culling through hunting, like mountain lions and black bears." ...(Cont.)...