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Some call the wolf hunts a “temporary experiment”

Will Melton posted an article in the Montana Kaimin, on October 6th, 2009, which quotes inaccurate numbers about the “success” of the hunts, but is certainly a more moderate viewpoint out of Montana.

Montanans are welcoming fall by observing an annual rite: fighting over wolves. After last year’s success in keeping wolves on the endangered species list, environmentalists looked strong coming into this year’s season, bringing such national powerhouses as Defenders of Wildlife, The Humane Society, The Sierra Club and The Natural Resources Defense Council to the fight. The upstart hunters, however, had the combined force of the states of Montana and Idaho and a lot of momentum on their side following the historic delisting of wolves from the Endangered Species Act earlier this year.

In the end, the hunters won the battle, but they may still lose the war, as environmentalists are still fighting to put wolves back on the endangered species list.

In the meantime, however, Montanans get to witness a great experiment, looking at how a year or two of hunts affects the wolves. Conservationists claim that the wolf population will be set back indelibly. Hunters and the states claim that wolves are fully recovered and that they harass and kill too much livestock and elk. [read the full article…]

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