Wyoming, he says, although he is making a larger point.

The most pro-wolf state of them. Bill Schneider. New West.

My guess is that the delisting is really the courtesy of Dirk Kempthorne, former governor of Idaho, now Secretary of Interior; and I suspect that Wyoming never really thought they would get their wolf extermination, state wolf plan approved until it suddenly fell into their hands.

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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 past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

5 Responses to Wild Bill writes about "the most pro-wolf state of them all.

  1. avatar Steve Cifuni says:

    I have been visiting Yellowstone every year for the past 3 years with a group of friends to wolf watch. The prospect of Idaho and Wyoming killing off so many packs outside of the park makes me absolutely sick. When I return I will not spend one dime in Idaho or Wyoming. I hope many others do the same.

  2. avatar Robert Hoskins says:

    Bill interviewed me for his column yesterday and of course calling Wyoming pro-wolf is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, simply for the reason that the State’s intransigence over its dual status wolf plan has had the practical effect of obstructing delisting while at the same time pushing the wolf population numbers and distribution in Wyoming well beyond what anyone thought possible in 1995, when wolves were brought into Yellowstone National Park.

    While the payoff for opposing delisting until the feds caved in over dual status might be the joy of watching aerial gunners wipe out wolf packs throughout western Wyoming, I still believe that there is little actual support for delisting in Wyoming even among those who hate wolves. G&F can’t afford to manage wolves on its own, wolves give the Stockgrowners a concrete enemy to rage against in public as it does whatever it can to maintain its political power in Wyoming, and for Governor Dave Freudenthal, his anti-fed/anti-wolf stance improves his political career–it certainly helped get him re-elected in November.

    Of all the entities out there dealing with wolves, the only ones who actually want delisting are the FWS and the rank and file hunters and ranchers who don’t understand the politics involved.

  3. Why can’t all of those people who want the delisting and the extermination and killing of wolves just drop it!All those wolves in Idaho and Wyoming have done nothing so evil or vile unlike all those file hunters ranchers the FWS and all those wolf murderers have done.All of those wolves have done nothing. It is them that has done all of that evil.They did it but never got punished for there crimes.They have to be pun ished and we have to say sorry to the wolf.

  4. avatar Warren says:

    Where is your proof anonymous?

  5. avatar Joe Vandal says:

    I have started an Idaho wolf discussion at IdahoFallz.com.

    The point is to gather facts and apply logic, rather than relying on anecdotal stories. There is also a poll asking what you would do with the wolves.

    I invite you to comment at


    Thank you,


December 2006


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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