Gray wolf range, population similar in Minn. Associated Press.

It has pretty much peaked out in Wisconsin too.

This casts a lot of doubt on the statements in recent years by Dr. Dave Mech who has been alarmed for quite a while at the growth rate of wolves in Minnesota, and took the side of the Bush Administration in his court statement about the much smaller number of wolves in the Northern Rockies.

There is no evidence the wolves are cannibalizing each other in any state either, as the wolf doom sayers say they will the do after they have eaten all the wildlife.

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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.

9 Responses to Minnesota's wolf population has stopped growing in size and range

  1. avatar Tim Z. says:

    Don’t know if I believe those Minnesota DNR guys, the Save Our Elk org says wolf mismanagement in MN. has allowed the population to get to 7000 wolves. 😉

  2. avatar LADYOFTHELAKE says:

    WHO ARE THE WOLVES BOTHERING? I LOVE TO HEAR WOLVES IN THE WILD…I AM IN MN. AND WOLVES SEEM TO BE DOING FINE AND LIVING IN HARMONY WITH US…I HOPE WE CAN ALL LIVE IN MN IN PEACE WITH THE ANIMALS..I LIVE ON A LAKE AND THERE ARE MORE ANIMALS THAN PEOPLE AND THAT IS WHY I AM HERE IN MN. I HOPE IT STAYS THAT WAY…

  3. avatar JEFF E says:

    WHY ARE YOU YELLING

  4. avatar Sue says:

    I would love to near packs of wolves in the wild to hear their incredible howls, etc. I really do think there is something wrong with people that don’t like wolves.

  5. avatar John says:

    Sue

    They were probably elk in an earlier life.

  6. avatar Sasha in MN says:

    The wolves in MN. are fine except the ongoing mange problem. We need more management of our own species.

  7. avatar HAL 9000 says:

    I’m all for having a deep love of nature and wildlife; I grew up steeped in it. But when it starts to take on overtones of misanthropy, that bothers me.

    That said, I think there’s much to be learned from the wolves in MN. Many more wolves, many more people, much less land — and yet, no wolf apocalypse such as I see constantly predicted for Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

    Hmmm….

  8. avatar LADYOFTHELAKE says:

    JEFF, I WAS NOT YELLING..I CAN’T SEE GOOD, SO IT HELPS TO TYPE IN CAPS…THANKS FOR THE REPLIES..I HOPE OUR WOLVES IN MN. STAY SAFE, AND WE CAN LIVE IN HARMONY WITH THEM, AS WITH THE PACK WHO LIVE NEAR ME…THEY SING TO US, BUT ALTHOUGH IT IS A FARMING AND WOODED AREA WHERE I LIVE THERE HAVE BEEN NO PROBLEMS. I LISTEN EACH NIGHT FOR THE WOLVES. TAKE CARE!

  9. avatar mnrancher says:

    how do we live in harmony with wolves if there killing calves on our farms with no payments to survive this

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