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Latest Wolf Rule Changes Have Advocates Howling

July 9, 2007

Wolves could be killed for sport starting this fall, as a result of a quick change on rules protecting the re-introduced endangered gray wolf in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. And while endangered species advocates agree that hunting should be allowed, Louisa Wilcox with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Livingston says under this plan so many would be killed, they could be back to endangered levels again.

“Compare it to a lot of other species -- you succeed in recovery, and you try to maintain those levels. This is -- you succeed in recovery and then you try to reverse it.”

Idaho and Wyoming plan hunting seasons to further reduce wolf numbers, although Montana has no plans. Supporters of killing packs say wolves are depleting deer and elk in those states. Wilcox believes the wolf is a scapegoat, because many other factors, like development and drought, have bigger impacts on deer and elk, yet the differences haven't been scientifically studied.

She points out that stories about wolves in modern society portray them as enemies, while Blackfeet Natives believe wolves are the friends of a successful society. Tribal tradition says leaders who study with wolves are the wisest.

“Teaching the rest of the tribe how to live in society, care for the young and the sick, provide food, play, and how to mourn for the dead.”

The new rule is at www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MT