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  •  no just updating those who maybe don't follow (1+ / 0-)
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    closely. Annual reports from USFWS are a good source for unspun wildlife info.

    Though the Wildearth Guardians you linked to is well intentioned those of us to whom the idea of shooting wolves is distasteful would rather they directed their efforts in more productive directions. A lot more wolves are destroyed when populations are high and a much smaller number, if any, when populations are at desired levels. Inadvertently they've caused the destruction of many wolves.

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    by ban nock on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 09:46:09 AM PDT

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    •  Good news seems so meager. (0+ / 0-)

      On one hand, I'm glad to see the population is meeting goals and pretty stable.

      On the other hand, the population is under 1,700. I know, that's a minimum and the real number is likely higher by an unknown amount. But still, for such a vast, wild area, that seems an awfully scrawny number.

      Any idea what the wolf population is like in Canada and Alaska? Is this species in danger?

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      by HeyMikey on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 09:58:19 AM PDT

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      •  Most of the area of the states pictured above (1+ / 0-)
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        isn't suitable habitat. Wheat, corn, potatoes, and so on are poor country for wolves. Like they say,

        Resident packs have saturated suitable habitat in the core recovery areas
        In many places wolf on wolf predation is the largest form of mortality.

        Canada has maybe 60,000 and Alaska another 10,000. Scientifically the animal is listed as a species of "least concern" they inhabit 2/3 of their original habitat and other than humans they are one of the most wide ranging species. Wiki has an extensive entry and I always like the IUCN for species, buncha scientists.

        How big is your personal carbon footprint?

        by ban nock on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 10:41:05 AM PDT

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