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September, 2009 Update: Wolf hunting has begun in Idaho.

When President Obama put a freeze on the Bush administration's 11th hour regulation changes, including the delisting of wolves under the Endangered Species Act, it looked like the wolves might still be saved. Not so. On Friday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that he would delist wolves in the Northern Rockies and Greater Yellowstone region. This means that the wolves in the area will no longer by protected by the Endangered Species Act, and individual states will be allowed to kill them in predator control programs.

I was not too hopeful when Salazar was named Secretary of the Interior. Salazar is a hunter and rancher, so it's no surprise that he has sided with the animal agriculture interests. Ranchers want the wolves killed because wolves sometimes kill livestock.

Killing wolves so that there will be more cattle for people to kill sounds a lot like Sarah Palin killing wolves so that there will be more moose and caribou for hunters to kill. Why has Palin's wolf-killing program gotten so much bad press, while killing wolves in the Rockies and killing sea lions in Oregon go largely unnoticed on the national level? I have my own theories. What do you think?

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March 11, 2009 at 10:12 pm
(1) DanielTUSA says:

If wolves really cared about the planet they would go vegan.

April 16, 2009 at 10:10 pm
(2) Anthony says:

Oh, shut up! Wolves keep the environment in check. They do care about the planet and their place in it.

April 17, 2009 at 11:08 am
(3) paco mcdaniel says:

ya know i think that wolves should not be delisted because people would take advantage of the wolves being gone and hunt more deer and elk than they should. The wolves control the population of both deer and elk and delisting them would be really gay

August 12, 2009 at 6:14 am
(4) Miriam Sternagle says:

Obama has turned out to be the same lying poltician as all the others. He threw Salazar into the mix because he has to satisfy the Hispanic votes he got. The US Wildlife Service should be renamed the US Wildlife Killers. That’s all they do is kill, kill, kill. You can just bet that the coyote-getters, the M-44s, Compound 1080, strychnine and other baiting will be done with avengence. This takes place on public lands, too, people.

The government says that the California condor and the bald eagle were victims of lead shot poisoning. NO! The cause was Compound 1080 passed along the food chain. What Compound 1080 didn’t kill, the other poisons did their dirty work, all under the guise of “predator control.” The Department of the Interior is the most corrupt of all the government agencies and Obama should be ashamed of himself, touting himself as an environmental president.

November 3, 2009 at 2:16 am
(5) Doug says:

Yeah, I agree, we should let the wolves overrun our livestock and big game, so that vegans and animal rights activists (the minority) feel all happy and fuzzy inside. Get real people, humans are at the top of the food chain for a reason. Aside from our naturally omnivorous digestive system, and our uncanny ability to regulate the Ecosystem through millions wasted on animal protction programs, we, the majority eat animals and stay on top of the food chain because we don’t leave it up to big game predators to be the voice of reason. I think sometimes you PETA supporting, twig and berries eating, human hating folks just argue and make a fuss because you’re bored. Why don’t you turn you attention to taking care of the things that really matter, like feeding the hungry, and helping the poor. Things that will benefit society, instead of wasting everyone’s time with you childish outlook on a false reality. You people are determined to destroy humanity.

November 3, 2009 at 2:23 am
(6) Doug says:

One other thing to the compound 1080, m44, strychnine conspirator. You totally contradicted yourself by bashing the government, and then referencihatshat the government said about compound 1080, leading us to believe, that you believe what you want to believe instead of sticking to the facts. I mean why would you believe the government is right if you also think they’re liars? You sir, are an idiot.

November 3, 2009 at 3:11 pm
(7) Amanda says:

And you, Doug, are a jackass. Typical–the backwards people who think animal cruelty and abuse are acceptable are usually rude, nasty and uneducated. Hey Doug, animal protection does really matter and it does benefit society in many ways I won’t bother to explain to you since I suspect you are too contrary and stupid to comprehend the facts. And if people are supportive of that cause or any other it’s none of your business. Maybe you’re the one who is bored; if so you should take your own suggestion and turn your attention to feeding the hungry and helping the poor.

December 9, 2009 at 12:50 am
(8) Bill says:

Heres some fun facts for ya. The wolves that were reintroduced into the united states is a hybrid that is bigger faster and stronger than what use to be here. So why did they reintruduce oh sorry release a wolf that was not here in the first place A sheep rancher in northern Montana had 200 ewes that he made his living on and the wolves got in to that band and slaughtered all but twenty in two weeks. The wolves did not even eat all that they had killed. They killed for the pleasure of killing. A rancher around my area that raises purebred black angus cattle, found a calf that had his testicles tore off his ass ate down to the bone and just left there suffering. That bull calf was probably worth over 5000 dollars. This same rancher loses cows year after year to wolves and he has to pay for it out of pocket for enviromentolists pet projects that does not affect there lively hood. Another thing about people hunting animals if I was a hunted big game animal I would rather get shot by a hunter than have a pack of wolves eat me while I was still alive.

December 9, 2009 at 3:37 am
(9) Rancher's wife says:

Hello friends,
I refer to you as “friends” because after all we do share this planet and the creatures in it. It sounds like some of you have very judgemental opinions of “ranchers” or “big game hunters” as you refer to them. I will assume this is innocent and not ignorance or biggotry. First let me explain a few things very briefly. My family and I live on the land… the way human civilization has done it for thousands of years. We raise our food here in the form of an organic vegetable garden, we raise cattle, and we use horses and dogs to help us do chores, we even have barn cats that kill mice in our barn. We don’t hate mice or cheer when they are killed, we simply do not want their urine and droppings in our workspace and home. I don’t mind seeing them anywhere else. You respect my space, and I will respect yours. Then, we work the fertilizer from our livestock (that’s the poop from the cattle-for you city dwellers) deep into the soil to create rich, fertile top soil for sustainable agriculture in which we grow our own grass, barley, and alfalfa for our livestock. You see, it is a circle of life here in every sense of the word. NOTHING goes to waste. We harvest deer and elk or fowl during the allowed hunting season here – to help feed our family for the year. We also prefer wild game because it is leaner, and has many health benefits. Such as a barrier against allergies because the game browse on local vegetation which in turn builds a resistance to various plant pollens. Our 2 children have rosy cheeks and the brightest eyes you’ve ever seen. It is very humbling – being here and living like this, it feels so right, so natural, the way nature or god intended. We work very, very hard raising food for others to enjoy. We are devoted to this land and our animals. Our cattle are free range and they are very happy indeed. My husband and myself respect all creatures great and small, and we raise our children to do the same.
Now, in regard to the wolves – they have their place too – domestic livestock are not a natural food source for wolves – they mostly attack livestock when their natural food source has run out. Or, when they have lost respect for humans which happens when they are protected. Which, by the way the government has sadly created an environment for wolves to overpopulate themselves here now. This has been the only year we haven’t gotten an elk and 2 deer for food. Our surrounding neighbors whose families have been here for a century also were not able to find any elk. There are none! The government has protected wolves to the point of cruelty – what will they hunt for food this winter now? Our family’s life blood income, our cattle??? We raised them from calves, you think we want to find them with their butts eaten off, their entrails spread over the snow, still alive and bawling for their mothers??? No person with any soul at all ever wants to see that. Get a clue people.
You can’t actually believe hunters and ranchers are really to blame for the world’s environmental problems. It’s the contrare – it’s the mass amounts of people living in cities and making laws about wolves. All these people populating the cities are the worst thing this planet has ever seen. Not the tiny percentage of ranchers living in sync with the environment. We are like the tastefully designed house which architeturally blends in with the mountains it is in. You are the poor taste ugly white stucco houses in huge subdivisions sticking out like a sore thumb gobbling up the country side where there used to be fields, cattle, or orchards.
As you sit at your computer protesting about wolves and environment, you are the ones who are constantly consuming and creating trash.
It’s just a matter of time now before natural selection occurs, and just like a protected and overgrown wolf population, people will die off due to starvation and disease and only the very strong will survive. By the way, the city people will be the first to go.

May I suggest adopting a more holistic approach to environmentalism by broadening your current narrow view to accomodate the disappearing species of people who are ACTUALLY living with the land and practice good stewardship of the land everyday because their life depends on it. That would be way beyond anything you have come up with here so far. Sure, i know it’s trendy and everything to be like “yay wolves, boo ranchers” but do you really know what you’re talking about? I don’t think you do. If you’re looking for someone to blame, the government has always made for a very poor steward of nature and don’t forget it.
Wolves have their place and it is not in my backyard, or yours either.

December 30, 2009 at 11:15 am
(10) C.J. Pierson says:

you seem to be out numberd Doris. maybe you shoul get a pet wolf

December 31, 2009 at 6:13 pm
(11) Samuel says:

Doug, Bill, and Ranchers wife know what they are talking about. You other treehuggers need to get real.

December 31, 2009 at 6:52 pm
(12) Samuel says:

Some of you people have absolutely NO idea about what you are talking about. You make yourselves sound like total idiots. You need to get the facts before you open your mouths. I have had a lot of fun reading what some of you have wrote.

March 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm
(13) Wolf lover says:

I respect ranchers and their families way of making a living, but isn’t there any other way to protect livestock than to actually kill the wolves? What about replacement of the wolves into protected areas- using recordings of wolf packs which wild wolves hear as rival packs and stay clear of or better electric fences? Just wondering because wolves are endangered and they’re my favorite animal. To all the people insulting animal lovers, vegetarians, PETA supporters or vegans fk off-Your showing your imbred, crank mouth, hick roots. There’s nothing wrong with living in the suburbs or city-gimme a f ing break- But I guess I should give up because human only know how to ruin, contaminate and kill.

March 11, 2010 at 2:40 pm
(14) jo blow says:

i hate wolves and they should be hunted …they kill my deer and my cattle

witch is BULL

March 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm
(15) SJ Templin says:

Wolf Lover, why should they just “leave wolves alone and find another way of dealing with the problem”. I assume you read about how they are actually overpopulating the countrysides murdering the Elk among many other animals the area. I know in many places of Oregon I would see Elk and Deer many mornings as I woke up just by simply being in the countryside. If these farmers who probably live even more remotely than I did, can’t even find one or two a year while going out of their way to look for them – then there is a serious problem.

Should the other wild animals become endangered just because you think Wolves have nice fur coats and pretty eyes.

I agree strongly that the world’s enviroment needs to be protected. Though like RancherWife said above – it’s the people living in the cities that is the real problem. And I don’t trust my Government for absolutely anything except to take more and more in it’s absolute state of corruption. We haven’t lived in a “Democracy” in over a 100 years. We live in a “Corporationocracy” and consuming is the name of the game. I took my money out of the stock market and am buying gold instead – the price of Gold has jumped over 60% in the last two years and continues to climb while the stocks fall.
I’m moving far away from the city to a house with solar panels, a water powered generator in the river, and 6 feet of lead above the basement. We’re in a turning point of human history and it’s about to get very ugly.
And again Rancher’sWife is right – people in the city will be the very first to go.

March 14, 2010 at 2:45 pm
(16) j says:

i think ranchers and their families should be locked in their houses and set on fire.

their cattle shot and bulldozed into the ground and their crops plowed under and the earth salted so nothing will ever grow on it again.

people should grow their own food without relying on the huge farm-rancher mafia for their food…..

thank you and goodnight

April 2, 2010 at 1:58 pm
(17) animal lover says:

jo blow, you have a dog to gaurd your cattle, right? and dogs are descended from wolves. and by the way jo blow, when you said you hated wolves, that was like saying you hate dogs, since dogs are descended from wolves. Plus, I think wolves and other animals are awsome!

April 12, 2010 at 8:53 am
(18) animal lover says:

anti-animal lovers and ranchers, i understand how much you hate wolves, but seriously, i’ve got an option that supports animals and at the same time saves your cattle.
Just buy a watch dog so he/she can keep an eye out for any wolves and attack any wolves they see.
So you can protect your cattle, but at the same time you’re supporting animals!

April 12, 2010 at 9:11 am
(19) animal lover says:

anti-animal lovers, do you realize that some animals are becoming endangered all because:
1. People think they make good fur coats.
2. People hunt them for sport.
3. People hunt them for no reason.
4. People think they’re annoying when they’re really not.
Those are a few reasons why animals are becoming endangered. And ranchers, if you hate the dog idea, just build a tall fence so the wolves can’t jump over it.
Also, guess what is one of the things that make life exicting.
Animals. Animals like wolves, they make life really exciting at times. I think wolves should not be killed unless it’s nesscary to defend somthing like cattle.

April 12, 2010 at 10:19 am
(20) animal lover says:

To sum my messages up, wolves deserve to live but at the same time try not to destroy things that they shouldn’t destroy.

April 13, 2010 at 9:55 am
(21) animal lover says:

And guess how the dog option supports animals?
It’s because you’re using a dog to keep an eye out for wolves.

April 13, 2010 at 10:35 am
(22) Moira says:

Who made hunters god!!!? If ranchers etc are so worried about the cattle they are planning to butcher they should ensure their safety against predatory animals! NO-ONE has the ‘right’ to kill any living creature..How dare they! I am so angry…

May 31, 2010 at 7:04 pm
(23) mel says:

wooooooow farmers/ranchers lose money when they lose livestock so of course they want to get rid of the killers. also those of you aka all of you who think that we shouldnt kill animals what would happen if everybody turned vegan or vegetarian what would we do with the meat producing animals????? they would die in the wild so ha ha ha were doing some good so to everybody i would like to say with all respect “shut up and eat a steak!”

June 17, 2010 at 10:39 am
(24) AsciiWolf says:

Re: mel,
Was it only irony or are you really that stupid?

June 17, 2010 at 10:51 am
(25) AsciiWolf says:

You know, why hunters hate wolves so much?
Because wolves are killing deer (for food) so hunters can’t kill all the deer (for fun)…

June 19, 2010 at 12:17 am
(26) WolfKit says:

To all the animal haters,
1. Hunters are sending the animals they hunt backwards in evolution by killing the big and strong, encouraging the weak. Wolves kill the slow and weak, encouraging the fast.
2. What purpose does it serve to start hunting wolves just after they are delisted, causing the population to dip back down and become endangered.
3. The world was doing just fine before we came along and started killing everything in sight. If all humans were to disapear from the earth, populations might fluctuate a little but would soon reach a balance and would prosper much more than we let them.
4. You ranchers just assume that it’s wolves. Did you know that more livestock is killed by domestic dogs than by wolves? Also, the reason you almost never hear from the ranchers that wolves leave alone is that they have nothing to post about.
5. What’s with all the hate posts? Is it so hard to be nice?
Food for thought: if you actually look at it from the other side’s point of view, you get better arguments.

July 1, 2010 at 1:44 pm
(27) nck says:

Your title is stupid. Real stupid.

When you find a human, ripping into the hindquarters of a calf, ripping off huge chunks of flesh, exposing bone, severing tendons, all the while the calf STILL ALIVE, convulses in pain…….ONLY then can you EVER comment on wolves again…..until then. STFU with this stupid sheet.

August 4, 2010 at 9:49 am
(28) Lindsay says:

I’ve researched wolves and their hunting habits for several different essays, one about their reintroduction to Yellowstone, and it seems to me that the only reason they might kill any livestock in that particular is if their current territory is out of food and they have to roam to find it. In theory they wouldn’t be killing livestock, they’d be sticking to their primary hunting territory, so why should hunters and ranchers feel so threatened?

Where are the statics regarding number of livestock animals killed by wolves verses number of herd (wild) animals killed by wolves? Perhaps if we compare those we’ll see that wolves aren’t as large a threat to ranching as some people think they are. (Though don’t misunderstand – I’m well aware that on occasion wolves do kill livestock, I’m not saying they never have and they never will, I’m just saying they shouldn’t be doing it as much as to cause such a large uproar).


October 1, 2010 at 9:39 pm
(29) Jayne says:

Oh wow. I never knew there were so many jackasses and retards in my life. Considering the people who want to save wolves as a minority is an insult.

I agree, wolves only kill livestock only because selfish hunters hunt more than needed, thus thinning the local deer/reindeer/caribou/moose population and causing wolves to attack hormone laden ‘livestock’. It is narrow-minded to believe wolves as evil or ‘savage’. To destroy them is the same as destroying the potential beginner of another self aware species. Wolves are capable of feeling and commanding. The very sign of them running in packs and communicating without disputes show how advanced their government system is.

Wolves are not as savage as you think. Please remove al religious notions about them too, while you’re reading this, because, I. Freakin’. Hate. People. Who. Relate. Everything. To. A. Book. Edited. By. Man. For. Their. Own. Purposes.

Because of their amazing coordination, they are able to easily dispatch a creature before tearing into it. The jaws of a wolf are made for snapping the prey’s neck first. Plus I think cows are kind of stupid anyway. All they do is go ‘moo’, eat a ton of grass, cause desertification, pollute the world with their methane laden farts, and are often injected with a ton of hormones. No wonder why all our children are hitting puberty so early.

We hunt mainly for fun. It’s retarded. It’s just as bad as the poachers hunting elephants for their tusks, tigers for their skins and otter for their fur. If Native Americans were able to live in harmony with wolves, why can’t we?

Murdering elk? I think not. It’s called nature smart one. Wolves don’t take more than they need. It’s been that way since their existence. And just because deer look cute doesn’t mean they aren’t dangerous. In fact, due to the sudden loss of wolves, the deer/elk/moose/caribou population shot up so high that the environment itself is in danger. Why? What do you think, dumbasses? They eat leaves and grass of young trees and plants, causing them to die, thus making it impossible for the old trees and plants to be replaced. Other animals won’t become endangered because of wolves. They’re endangered because of humans. Wake up retards, because if this isn’t reversed, we’re gonna have a hell of an environmental breakdown.

By the way, have any of you realized that wolves are the same species as dogs? How else are you able to produce fertile hybrids between wolves and dogs? You force two of the same race to fight each other, don’t you think it’s wrong? Maybe it’s time you narrowed minded ones to read White Fang and Call of the Wild by Jack London like any good fifth grader would do. Maybe then your brains might work up some actual humane feelings. I’m so freakin’ tired of lecturing the lot of you. I’m absolutely disgusted too, reading your terribly argued pro-human and anti-wolf comments make me want to puke. All your points contain glaringly big errors and easy solutions. No wonder J.D. Salinger hated adults. A child lecturing an adult = the world is messed up to the point of insanity. You want to debate your point? You should have joined your high school debate club and actually learn how to list proper points.

And the poisoning. The government is a hypocrite. Look at the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. What makes you so sure that they are telling the truth about anything at all? They could be lying to us all, the black pots.

October 27, 2010 at 11:27 am
(30) Kayler says:

Wolfs dont hunt deer eny more because they almost killed them all and now they come kill the catil they have this thing in there bran that makes them kill and kill then they only eat one out of the 20 they killed that is we the catlemen want them gone.

November 7, 2010 at 12:15 am
(31) teeny says:

kaylar learn to spell

i think wolves should be left alone, fine kill them if they harm cattle but also protect your cattle properly! just using a flimsy fence is retarded, your basicly asking wolves to hope over and take theyre pick. i eat meat myself, chicken and fish is lovely, beef meh not so good. but come on! hunters go out kill most of the deer and elk for fun so the wolves are left with no choice but to go down to some ranchers and get what they can before the rancher comes out and blows their heads off, which is why whats killed isn’t always eaten because theyre scared off not because theyre evil. also if theyre starving and they get a chance to kill cattle can you blame them for never finishing what theyve killed! tell me people have you never been starving made dinner then not finished whats on your plate. (Edited to conform with About.com User Guidelines)

November 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm
(32) Kayler says:

My fences arent retarded they are 6′ jack fence poles with 10′ spikes in them the wolfes coume and kill for fun and never eat all that they kill you jackwagon

January 11, 2011 at 11:20 am
(33) Sammy says:

You Guys Are Stupid ! They Dont Know That Killing The PLANET !

January 25, 2011 at 5:42 pm
(34) jackson J says:

Wolves are back because most of the American population wants them back! You are just a bunch of malcontents that don’t do anything useful for society. You can”t fool anyone when one of you makes a feeble attempt to sound intelligent by selectively picking out and twisting around scientific facts to fit your agenda. No one wants to hear any more of your anti-wolf propaganda. Your intellect has not advanced at all since the time of the neanderthals. If the elk population is declining it is your fault. You want to keep shooting the largest, strongest and healthiest animals and this is causing long term problems for the species by diminishing the quality of their genetic pool. You want an overpopulation of genetically inferior elk just so you can have animals that are easy to shoot without putting much effort into hunting them. We should just stop giving hunting permits. We would be better off with more wolves and less of you people. You are just going to have to get used to it being slightly more difficult to hunt elk, whether you like or not. The elk population will be slightly smaller but healthier. Even cavemen with their primitive weapons could hunt while natural predators were around but you idiots are far less intelligent than cavemen. You are a bunch of worthless cowards who get a big thrill from killing unarmed animals with a high powered rifle. (Edited to conform with About.com User Agreement)

January 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm
(35) immywolf says:

No, wolf lovers are not a minority.
Even if you just go onto facebook, you will see that the Defenders of Wildlife has over 130,000 fans.
Other wolf groups such as <> have over 12,000 fans.
There was a page called ‘wolves’ that had 80,000 fans. That page was deleted.

The anti wolf groups have, at the most-, 1600 fans.

The most watched wolf video on youtube has about 1 million views.

The most watched anti-wolf video has about 10,000 views.

Who’s the minority now?!

February 14, 2011 at 11:31 am
(36) kayler says:

The reatards that never seen them up clouse and how bad they are.

April 5, 2011 at 10:29 am
(37) Sean says:

I think bill and Doug are the only sane people on here wolves are demolishing the deer population here in northern michigan. I live in one of the supposed best hunting areas in the UP. It has been nearly three hunting seasons since I have seen a deer. And I know it is because of the wolves because those are the only animals I have seen. So all of you vegan tree huggers need to shut up wolves are devastating the big game in this country and need to be eradicated. (Edited to conform with About.com User Agreement)

April 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm
(38) John says:

Sean you are completely right I have the same thing here in Harley

May 19, 2011 at 12:17 am
(39) Animal Cruelty Investegator says:

Dear Anyone who should read this,
I am an Animal Cruelty Investegator, I spend every day putting people for jail for animal cruelty, or at least try. If you have seen the things I have seen you would not be fighting this at all. We treat our own animals worse then we treat the “endangered species” of our world. Why not fight about world hunger or something to that. What about you wolf lovers, do you own them in your backyard, in your house, no I think not. They are not really bad or good, they do exsist. Having a controlled hunt for predators and saying it is cruel is as bad as saying sterilizing your pet is cruel to stop from overpopulating this place, but if we didn’t god help us. It is a part of life they are clearly not few anymore. Even bears are on the hunting line we know you have a love for them and yes they are pretty to look at, but you can’t save all of them. Just like my work you need to know when it is time to draw the line. I think that time has come. The wolf was one of my favorite animals, Hell I grew up in Winchester, Id I always would look at the wolves at the wolf center, for those who do not live in Idaho, it has gotten pretty serious, In Elk City they are having serious attacks, and not just on dogs. Dogs are domesticated wolves, but they think on a different level. And if the wolves do get low in numbers we don’t plan on domesticating anymore we have enough abused pets in the world. So just stop all of it, it is dumb to fight over it I highly doubt they will become extinct again that is why we animal activist it woun’t go that far, but something has to be done about the overpopulation of wolves, unfortunately for them it is the only way to really control the population, unless you plan on going out and getting them all nutered and spayed… Ya I thought not. Thanks

June 4, 2011 at 10:14 pm
(40) Geri says:

An awful lot of twisted “facts” here by the anti-wolf crowd.Nature without humans has a perfect system of checks and balances. Humans destroy the balance by over hunting,killing natural predators, chemicals,and pollution. Wolves hunt to survive and take only what they need. BS stories like the sheep one above are used as propaganda. Wolves are intelligent beings. They do not pee in their own pools like humans…get the message? As for studies done by paid government researchers,they say whatever the government wants them to report,falsified documents. Read reports by unbiased researchers,those reports tell another story….the truth. Just for the record,scientists have recently proven humans are herbivores ,teeth prove it.Our system was not meant to eat large amounts of flesh. And,oh yes,hunting is encouraged because of the money people make off of it.If you have to kill,why must it be in such a cruel,sadistic way as the wolves are treated? I’ve never met a wolf I didn’t like.

October 3, 2011 at 7:48 pm
(41) bystander says:

Ranchers, your families probably started living off the land after the wolves had been eradicated or severely depleted from the area.

Here is a thought- The world does not revolve around humans, so don’t expect to walk into a f***ing forest and not get mauled.

Here is another thought- Humans are out of control

December 15, 2011 at 10:38 am
(42) Maximillian Olschewski (Wolf Lover) says:

I really think that people should shut up about eradicating wolves because they are killing the deer or elk or livestock, they are killing livestock because stupid hunters are killing all THEIR game! I say game because that is the only term you know for animals, that’s all they are to you, a game, for fun.

There is a saying “Take away humans, and the world would start improving tomorrow. Take away ants, and the world would start dieing tomorrow.” People need to stop.

January 7, 2012 at 9:59 pm
(43) jack says:

evrey one whos says the hate wolves the hate dogs all dogs evrey single one! when a farmer kills a wolf its like killing his sheep dog so what they kill deer and cattle SO WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!! its them or youre charished famliy pet they should come to all the means pepoles and go right up youre**** so think of this no wolves no dogs no dogs evrey one would be a creepy cat person they also keep the enviorment in check

March 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm


August 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm
(45) phonix says:

HEY BILL!!!! Sorry to ruin your little personal paradise where wolves and people are alike, but wolves are roaming animals that travel miles to find mates,keeping the gene pool mixed AND PREVENTING HYBRIDS!!!!! I truely mourn for people like you who are so uninformed and arrogent they teach this garbage to people.(PS I WILL leave flames.Doug,YOUR NEXT!!!!!!!!)

December 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm
(46) Runningwolf says:

I believe the wolves should live. there is no other animal with it’s majestic howl. Wolves don’t have to go vegian to care about earth. the wolves need to eat caribou, moose, elk. When they eat these animals the are controling the population. Wolve level out the amount of grazers so they don’t eat too much grass. this give the rest of the wild life nutrition. when the deer don’t over eat it gives the trees and other plants nutrition and fine soil to grow in. when the wolves leave behind deer meet or bone it is left for the buzzards, and cayotes to clean up if they are scavangers. if you see why earth needs wolves now you might have in mind that the wolves . . . take care of earth and the other animals. without wolve the grazers they eat will not leave enough nutrition for other plants adn grass life. then there will be no prey for the hunters and the area will be useless. I say all this in protection for the wolves.

December 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm
(47) Addie a wolf protector and lover says:

Okay I have read just about every comment and I want to say first of all wolves should NOT be pets second humans HAVE almost drove the population of wolves in a lot of areas to almost or to extinction and third if humans wouldn’t have done that then there wouldn’t be wolves out there that are bigger stronger and faster also without animals we would not have survived through millions of years but there needs to be a stopping point people should not be able to just hunt “for fun” just because they think its a good sport or whatever there are only 100 red wolves (and alot of other different kinds of wolves going extinct) left alive or probably less then that because people have destroyed the environment and think that wolves are creatures of destroying when really humans are the ones destroying if wolves are attacking cattle and other live stock it is because people are hunting the elk,deer ect just for their joy and crap so that is the real problem wolves are only trying to survive god put animals on this earth for a reason not to become exctint because of humans and as for our government they are the ones that are going to end up destroying this country (U.S.A) so instead of blaming the wolves BLAME THE IDIOTS THAT ARE HUNTING “FOR FUN” ranchers who have been living the same way as they have been for centuries I understand the wolves are killing your cattle and live stock and that it is costing you money just put up large fences so the wolves can not get to your live stock there is no need for driving the rest of the wolf population to extinction and also as for the animal controle a lot of them don’t care about the animals so people stop turning against the wolves and open your eyes and see the truth for once

January 4, 2013 at 10:31 pm
(48) Macdd says:

Only one problem with the logic in this article. People kill cows because they are animals and humans eat animals. Always have and always will. The wolves are killing livestock. Farming is expensive enough, and no the farmers can’t build a wolf proof fence around their 100,000 acre ranches because they aren’t millionaires to pay for the supplies and labor. Every cow that gets killed by a wolf is 1,000 dollars out of that farmer’s livlihood. How many thousands of dollars could you stand to lose before you wanted the problem animals destroyed? Not to mention how the elk, moose, and deer populations have been devastated. Has anyone seen Yellowstone lately?? Good luck finding the elk. So logic has to take over and say if this one species is causing so many others to suffer including humans, what is the benefit to the economy, other animals, and people of keeping them around?

January 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm
(49) JDaniels says:

Wolves should have never been brought back. They seek to kill and “if” they’re hungry will eat some of what they kill. Wolves are not friendly dogs that look like husky’s, they are a thrill seeking killer. Why don’t the wolf activists push to have wolves put into the mountains that they hike and camp in? Let’s give these wolf activists a backpack and send them into our mountains for a week without a gun so they can see if their furry little creatures are as friendly as they think.

February 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm
(50) wolflovers says:

You ranchers need to learn your facts wolves are good for our enviorment, they keep the deer population low.If all wolves are killed the deer popultion will rise to an uncontrable level.So you better stop killing wolves its better if you just leave em alone.Let them live!NOW READ YOUR FACTS.
By the way I happen to be a rancher, and I love wolves!

February 6, 2013 at 10:22 pm
(51) NYC UP says:

I think everyone woulsd stop arguing.Wolves are good but so are deer we hutn deer for food same as the wolves,and wolves keep the deer population low so in a way they help us.And if you think i’m just another wolflover think again i care about the enviorment.I think everyone has an opinion and a right to share that opinion.We should stop fighting and start helping each other.SO NOW STOP FIGHTING AND MAYBE WE COULD ALL AGREE!

March 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm
(52) cas says:

Hunters are psychopaths. Humans thrive without eating animals. Wolves must eat other animals. Hunters kill for recreation, and they’ll anything. I canít think of anything more dishonorable than the American hunter. They teach tiny children to kill and to associate murder with adult approval.

April 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm
(53) usercjh says:

I have sat here for at least an hour reading both sides of this debate on wolves. I have to say, for the wolf, that they do not have any other agenda except to live. Humans, on the other hand, can be extremely greedy and will deceive (Cause someone to believe something that is not true, typically in order to gain some personal advantage). When money is involved people tend to get even more greedy and self centered.

The wolf is considered a medicine being associated with courage, strength, loyalty, and success at hunting. Like bears, wolves are considered closely related to humans by many North American tribes, and the origin stories of some Northwest Coast tribes, such as the Quileute and the Kwakiutl, tell of their first ancestors being transformed from wolves into men. In Shoshone mythology, Wolf plays the role of the noble Creator god, while in Anishinabe mythology a wolf character is the brother and true best friend of the culture hero. Among the Pueblo tribes, wolves are considered one of the six directional guardians, associated with the east and the color white. The Zunis carve stone wolf fetishes for protection, ascribing to them both healing and hunting powers.

Hunters scare me more than the wolf. It is all about killing. Bottom line for me is if it is truly about saving your livestock then look for better ways of protecting them and dont go into the wilderness, take over the wolves land, and expect to take it all for yourselves. It is human greed and overbearing attitude that is creating chaos in the wild. If you cannot manage in the wild get out of it.

EVERYONE should watch this film made by 2 humans that exist among the wolves just like the indigenous people in America did:


April 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm
(54) Tristen says:

Wolves have always been an issue in our society. There is a reason why grandfathers, our great grandfathers, and our great great grandfathers exterminated them. We killed the wolves because they would kill the animals we hunted, our livestock, and pets.

April 19, 2013 at 9:58 am
(55) Sacredwolfe says:

I am a 14 year old boy that has only hunted a few years now but that doesn’t mean I’m a killer or a psychopath it means I’m hunting for my food and i agree that some people are over doing the hunting and that hunting wolves is not right at all but think before you call all of us psychopaths because a lot of us care and everything, wolves have forever been my favorite animal and my life I’ve read so many books on them i really couldn’t tell you how many. I believe they should not be hunted but i do understand that they kill your live-stock. But mostly they hit there rightful game, elk, deer, and other small-big game. Wolves are apex predators they hunt sick, weak and old animals. That is what they do to help this world they stop diseases from spreading throughout he animals and before you say that i don’t know anything look up actual facts about these magnificent animals that are meant to live with us, wolves have been sacred to indians they are sacred to me and they have loyal pets to a lot of people.

April 19, 2013 at 10:01 am
(56) Sacredwolfe says:

And to those who lose there cattle good, mother nature will take back what you have taken from it with kill her children her wolves.

May 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm
(57) Jonas says:

All of you dumb ass republicans need to search for some new reasons to hate wolves. Yeah wolves really know how to ruin a strawberry crop. If you’re a bad rancher and more than 50% of your cattle die because of respiratory problems don’t take it out on wolves. Studies show that all predators combined only kill around 5% of cattle yearly. Wolves come in at less than 1% of all of those animals, actually around 0.23% of cattle die yearly because of them. If you still choose to kill predators, start with your farm dog, again, studies show that more cattle are killed by domestic dogs than wolves.

June 24, 2013 at 4:34 pm
(58) Common Sense says:

Wolves kill livestock. Livestock are peoples lives. Reintroducing wolves under the guise that they’ll control the Elk and Deer populations, shows that the people who support protecting the wolves at ANY cost aren’t so concerned about the Humans. Wolves kill indescriminately. That is their instinct. They killed 14 of my uncles calves last winter, and didn’t even eat them. How do you think that affected my Uncle’s livelyhood??? It’s interesting to note that most wolf lovers don’t make a living from ranching. Ranching isn’t always related to glorious incomes either. Here’s a perspective getter for you wolf lovers; Put yourself out in their territory by yourself without a rifle. Injure yourself so they can smell your blood. And when they come to you, give them a hug for me. Wise up people. They were hunted out for a reason, not for sport. I still respect everyone’s thoughts though, to a degree.

July 2, 2013 at 4:47 am
(59) Jon says:

You wolfaboos need to realise that wolves aren’t what you think, they aren’t “courageous, intelligent, honorable, loving animals” hell they aren’t even endangered, they are just cowardly, dumb, insane, vicious animals that waste most of what they kill(killing for fun) and threaten and kill people and livestock, and no a guard dog doesn’t save the. Livestock from wolves just because dogs are descended from wolves, seeing as how there are many cases of dogs being half eaten and left alive by wolves. And besides, we don’t need. To save wolves. They have been “saved” to the point of overpopulation, especially in Russia, where they had to order the death of 80,000 wolves because they were killing people and animals due to overpopulation. Oh and the intelligence thing is a lie, they rely on pack instincts, which is usually just that instincts. Hell a octopus is smarter than a wolf. (Edited to conform with About.com User Agreement)

February 10, 2014 at 10:28 pm
(60) Jenell Dejonge says:

So much garbage out there, I’m glad I finally crossed paths with something with some relevance!!:)

February 13, 2014 at 7:12 pm
(61) Ben Tebby says:

we need to get rid of wolves because wolves terrorize live stock threaten peoples lives and disrupt the eco system and should be poisoned shot from the ground and from the air they need to be sterilized so they can’t have pups any more also I don’t care if they suffer horribly there is a war against wolves going on and the only good wolf is a dead wolf

February 13, 2014 at 7:24 pm
(62) Ben Tebby says:

you anti wolf folks are on to something wolves should be poisoned

March 24, 2014 at 6:55 pm
(63) Lis says:

You know, people and animals live their own lives, life is hard and hardworking, don’t think life is like imagination, just put this and that and problem solved. NO! think look around you, stop worrying about yourself and think about what’s going on in the world and that life is just hard these days, don’t sit at your computer all day, go outside and learn why there is really a problem in this world we people and animals and all living things that we share this world equally.

March 24, 2014 at 7:03 pm
(64) Lis says:

You know, life is hard and we don’t get along with it but remember these days are just to suffering and hard to do and you just think just do this and that and problem solved. NO! stop living in your imagination and go outside to see what the real problems are that are in the world, people and animals live together, and though life is not fair sometimes, i’ts because God punishes you. People and animals and all living things live together in this world and share it evenly.

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