Following the shooting of a tagged Yellowstone grey wolf just outside the park's borders in Wyoming--the eighth such wolf shot this season--the state of Montana has banned wolf hunting in areas adjacent to the park. The NYTimes quotes a Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Park commissioner who cites the "time and money and effort" that goes into the tagging and research of these wolves, as well as a Yellowstone biologist who still seems to be smarting from the loss, saying this is a "moderate" decision that addresses "some of the issues as far as the science." [NYTimes]
I am in support of wild life managment!!!
Happy now, Dan?
Not fired yet, Dan?
Perhaps if you waged another personal Wikipedia dispute from this website it would help.
Suggestion: I would like the PopSci posts to list the writer in my newsfeed so I can easily skip over Dan's posts.
Simple solution to this change. Landowner goes to the prevailing authority and subdivides his ground into two different plots. Plot 1 adjacent to yellowstone is as narrow as allowed by law and only barely above the minimum acres needed to subdivide without regulatory approval. Plot two is the rest of the ranch. Now when the wolf is in plot 1 you can't kill it because it is adjacent to Yellowstone but as soon as that fluffy death machine sets foot on plot two, you give it a lead injection.
Back in 1926 there were very few wolves left in Yellowstone; a lot of them were killed purposely. When you kill off a predator, the prey grow and reproduce. The ecosystem was damaged, and prey such as Elk took over. Wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone as damage control for Elk and other prey.
Predators are important, they help balance an Ecosystem. If all the bats in the world were killed, we would have a problem with certain types of Insect. Bees are responsible for a major part of plant pollination all across the world. If all the bees in the world died, we'd have a big problem, and you would say goodbye to honey, until we learned how to make it artificially.
What's my point? Ok, a handful of Wolves were killed, not the end of the world...but if this gets out of hand, and more and more and more wolves are killed, we're gonna have a problem. You guys and gals gotta look at the big picture here, cause and effect.
Those Yellowstone Wolves should probably not be venturing out of Yellowstone, which is another issue that needs to be resolved.
Horses gone, but barn door now closed! For a while