New era begins for wolves in Idaho. Under state management, life could change for the state’s 800 gray wolves but not right away.
By Roger Phillips. Idaho Statesman.

This is a look at the delisting with the primary emphasis on wolves in Idaho where about half of them live.

 
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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

2 Responses to New era begins for wolves in Idaho

  1. avatar Cindy says:

    Hi Ralph – Cindy Campbell from Jackson here.
    The wolf meditation cards I wrote about last month
    are ready for my fellow wolf admirers.
    A wonderful person gifted me a powerful photograph to use,
    the ancient wolf clan assisted me in the writing of the
    meditation itself and now they are ready for those who
    want to send their support to the wolves through
    unconventional means. The response so far has been
    very good. The production came out beautiful. I want to send you a couple of “packs” and
    write an appropriate response to put on the blog (not
    this one). Folks have been asking if they can contribute in anyway to the cost of producing the cards and of course,
    no, this is my small small contribution to an overwhelming situation. Love and Light, Cindy
    ps this is my work email, please respond to:
    fatdog101@msn.com
    307-413-0018 (used at your discretion please)

  2. avatar Bob Ostler says:

    Wendy,

    Because of Yellowstone and Glacier the future of wolves in the Rocky Mountains is pretty much assured. That being said, if no injunction is granted, within a couple of years the numbers of wolves outside the protected and very remote areas will be minimal. I have lived in the west all my life and have never known a rancher, sheepherder, or hunter to pass up a shot at a coyote and wolves are a much easier target. For ranchers it is simply a matter of economics. Predators directly effect their survival.

    On any give weekend I suspect there are hundreds of guns roaming the dirt roads of Wyoming and Idaho looking for pretty much anything that is moving or stationary (road signs) to shoot.

    The only hope for people who love wolves is that the minimal numbers mandated by law will be maintained.

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