The Idaho Gray Wolves
In 1974, the Fish and Wildlife authority recognized the need for the protection of the gray wolves. Due to the existing rule at the time, the grey wolf could be hunted and killed on sight. This reduced the total number of gray wolves, threatening their existinction. In 1995, the grey wolf was introduced in the Yellowstone National Park in an attempt to restore their numbers. Today, their population is said to be well over five thousand. This prompted the Fish and Wildlife authority to scrap the grey wolf from the list of the species in danger. Clearly this move is ill-advised. A lot of debate has been going on, and a lot of research has been conducted in an attempt to establish whether the Fish and Wildlife authority made a prudent decision. The argument mainly has two sides. On the one side are those in favor of the decision, who not to mention are mainly interested in the Elk population, and on the other hand are those who are interested in conservancy. These two groups have for quite sometime now been conducting research, while others speculate. It is said that president Obama negated the decision to remove the animal from the list of danger shortly after assuming leadership. In all of this, one cannot but realize that the Fish and Wildlife authority has lost it. This paper is interested in finding out why? Why the Fish and Wildlife authority has lost this argument. To this end, this study reflects on a few facts. The argument against the protection of this animal is largely tied to the reduced numbers of the Elk. The opponents of the protection of the wolves, which is the argument of the Fish and Wildlife authority, under the Endangered Species Act argue that with the increased numbers of the wolves has put the existence of the Elk, on which many rely for their meat supply during winter, in danger. They argue that the number of Elks in Idaho has reduced to a little over eleven thousand, which they say is an all time low. What most of them do not tell us however, is that the removal of this animal from the list of animals under protection means that people will be free to kill it wherever and whenever they want.