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Reintroducing Wolves to Yellowstone and Idaho: The 20th Anniversary

January 12, 2015 from Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

There is fresh snow on the ground today, and the winter sun shines out at random from behind the wispy clouds that shroud the mountain peaks. The temperature will not climb above freezing today, but dozens of people are gathering here in the twilight before sunrise to caravan into Yellowstone for a chance to glimpse the wolves that now roam here, and to celebrate the remarkable events that made this day possible. Twenty years ago today, gray wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park. It was a time of international celebration for wildlife advocates, and especially those of us who had worked so hard to restore wolves to the American West. To understand why this was such a miraculous event, you first have to understand the history that led to the reintroduction of wolves to the Rockies.

© Diane Papineau

In 1995, supporters of wolf reintroduction line the road, cheering on the truck carrying wolves back to Yellowstone National Park.

Though wolves were once one of North America’s most broadly distributed large mammals, government and ranching led efforts to eliminate wolves throughout the lower 48 states. By the 1930s, wolves were nearly eradicated from the Lower 48. The known wolf population in the continental U.S. plummeted from estimates of several hundred thousand to only few hundred wolves in northern Minnesota. The species was restricted to less than one percent of its former range. As generations passed, the wolf itself faded into fairy tales, typically characterized in western culture as a dangerous beast that preyed on pigs and red hooded girls.

In the 1960s and 1970s, mainstream American culture became more environmentally aware, prompting public concern for imperiled species. Significant changes in wildlife management included strong support for wolf protection. In 1974, wolves outside of Alaska gained protection under the newly adopted Endangered Species Act. In 1978 wolves were listed as endangered throughout the contiguous 48 states, except in Minnesota where they were listed as threatened. Wolves were starting to return on their own in the Rockies by dispersing from southern Canada into northern Montana and Idaho. But the ESA listing meant that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) had to actively recover wolves.

Wolves in the Northern Rockies

In 1986, biologists searching for wolves in northwest Montana found a litter of wolf pups only 10 miles below the Canadian border in Glacier National Park. They were the first confirmed wolves born in the western U.S. in decades. A few wolves were also documented in Idaho and Wyoming during the 1980s and 90s, but most were poisoned or shot. Others appeared to be lone wanderers, or simply disappeared, their fate unknown.

In 1993, USFWS proposed five alternative plans for wolf recovery. The options ranged from “no wolves” to the reintroduction of wolves with full endangered species status and protection. The agency received more than 160,000 comments from all 50 U.S. states, plus another 40 countries; the largest public comment responses received on any wildlife restoration action it had ever proposed. Defenders of Wildlife members and supporters contributed 88,000 of these comments.

Thankfully, the chosen plan is the one that brought wolves back to the west. In 1995 and 1996, USFWS – working with scientists, nonprofits, state agencies and more – reintroduced 66 wolves to central Idaho and Yellowstone National Park. I was a member of the reintroduction team and have spent the last 28 years as a full time wolf conservationist in the West. I watched as the first wolves in decades took their first steps into the wilderness in Idaho (full story of that reintroduction here). It is still a miracle to me that despite all the political challenges and obstacles, most of which occurred behind the scenes, Americans came together to restore wolves to Yellowstone and Idaho – the only missing large mammal, and one of the most vital predators.

At last count, there were approximately 1,600 wolves in the Northern Rockies region. In comparison, we have nearly 10,000 mountain lions, 100,000 black bears and hundreds of thousands of coyotes in the same area . Wolves are still under a lot of threats, and we must continue to protect their survival. While support for wolves is growing exponentially among wildlife enthusiasts worldwide, these animals still face tremendous danger nearly year round in some states where they are being aggressively killed.

As wolves were returned in the northern Rockies, the age-old conflicts that led to their original demise have also re-emerged. The most significant conflicts are based on fear of livestock losses, despite the fact that in the last two decades, less than 1 percent of livestock losses were due to wolves. The negative folklore of the past centuries still feeds deeply rooted intolerance and resentment. The greatest challenge now is to build acceptance and appreciation for wolves by bringing people together to learn how live with this magnificent native species once again.

For the Wolves.

89 Responses to “Reintroducing Wolves to Yellowstone and Idaho: The 20th Anniversary”

  1. Michele Jankelow

    A magnificent species that defines the wilderness, keeps it in balance and represents all that is beautiful in nature. I applaud the people who had the vision to re-introduce the species and thank them for their compassion, love, dedication, education and vision. I hope with all my heart they will be permitted to live their lives in peace without gun pressure from so many ignorant individuals. I am honoured to have seen the Druids and other wolves and many Americans are too! Thank you!

    • Phlystle

      We have LOVED the Yellowstone wolves and wish they were here, there, everywhere, doing the great things for the natural habitat that they do.

    • Marga

      Wolves jusut NEED to be around. I wished I had the opportunity to see them in the wild!!!!!
      Thank you Michelle for your comment, you spoke from your heart…and mine.

    • Laura Gustoson

      It reminds me of the story “Born Free.” The wolves looked so happy to be set free to “follow their heart.”

    • CLAIRE

      Let’s all do whatever we can to preserve this magnificent species for all of our benefits.

    • Catherine Neuhoff

      I am so appreciative and supportive of this work. I missed the opportunity to see/ hear wolves on my last trip to Yellowstone. In Michigan, I remain committed to support the work of the Defenders of Wildlife and the USHS. Policies drafted by our legislature continuously work in opposition to the voices of voters yet I remain hopeful I with advocacy and education that we will see wolves thrive in theGreat Lakes region and the lower 48 in my lifetime. Thank you again, for doing this work.

    • Renee S

      Wolves are amazing and beautiful animals, I too hope and pray with all my heart that they will be left alone to live in peace without the pressure of being slaughtered and pushed to extinction again. May ignorance of the people be somehow be abolished. Thank you to those that are fighting for their safety.

  2. Judy Lehmberg

    I totally agree with everything Michele wrote above. I too got to see the Druids as well as 21, and his granddaughter, 06, a magnificent wolf who was killed by a hunter in 2012. We must stop the hunting!

  3. Chandie Bartell

    This is not accurate we had people that were documenting family units of our indigenous wolves and that data was purged by Idaho Fish and Game and the USFWS! This also happened in Montana and Wyoming.

    Tim Kemery Story: NOTE: This data as well as maps locating individual wolves, as well as breeding pairs was hand delivered to Craig Groves in 1992, and entered into the Idaho Fish and Game’s Conservation Data Base by George Stephens.

    Craig Groves was at the time in charge of oversight of the Conservation Data Base for Idaho Fish and Game, and was an Idaho Fish and Game employee.

    – See more at: http://www.skinnymoose.com/bbb/2011/01/21/native-rocky-mountain-wolves-v-introduced-canadian-gray-wolves/#sthash.WL32wkNT.dpuf

  4. Nick Osttoski

    I totally understand why wolves were killed off in the 1800’s by farmers. I farm. Sustaining a living was tough then. Farmers took every means available to protect their livelihood. Today, ppl are spoiled. Life is good. Most ppl are packed into cities like flies on poop. They want too enjoy wildlife but then return to their city life. Put wolves in the cities where wolves once roamed and watch them whine. Heck, deer are killed off in some cities near me because they eat citidiots flowers or eat fresh grass along the airport

    • Paul

      Most areas that have an overabundance of deer don’t have natural predators like wolves.

    • john farver

      You forgot to mention all the govt grab bags that farmers and worse ranchers get. So much for the small govt mentality these people support.

  5. Susan Fleischman

    I hunted Elk in the LoLo area of Montana and both saw scat and wolves up the Fish Creek drainage in the early 80’s. I talked with the Game Department. They told me then that their were some indigenous R M Wolves there.
    What they did planting Mackenzie Wolves in the Yellowstone was was an abomation. Planting an 150# wolves compaired to an 85# wolves really threw nature out of whack Canadian Wolves are Just another invasive species no different than Carp or Starlings. These killing machines have completely devastated our Elk and Deer herds not to say what they are doing to livestock sheep and cattle. I personally was witness to what three of these wolves did to 85 sheep in one night three years ago in Wyoming. And no the wolves didn’t eat the sick and weak. This happened Specifically by Fossil Butte Nationa Monument.
    The average public has no idea anything about wolves, types and what they did to the early settlers and Indians. From the beginning of the history species have come and gone. Only man feels that he can play God and stir the pot, good or bad. Should we bring back the Wooly Mamouth, Saber tooth Cat, Cave Bear? Did man have his hand in eradicating these species too? Do you really want to reign this kind of terror in the country side when you feel safe in the cities? What if we have to go back to the days of old where we live off the land because of nuclear disaster. What then, eat wolf?

    • Gordon Holm

      I was in Yellowstone park this past June and saw elk herds roaming freely.Pronghorns and bison everywhere.I was not aware the wolves of Yellowstone were maneaters.I guess I should have been afraid to get out of my car let alone watch the wolves with a spotting scope.Also I didn’t know Mackenzie wolves were a recognized subspecie. With all those blood thirsty wolves in the park I surprised they didn’t kill a few hikers there just for fun.

    • gregory cleary

      To Susan
      if you look at the success at yellow stone you would see that the wolf is a critical part of the ecosystem, you probably don’t know but they were shooting the elk and deer because the wolf was gone. the USFW is stupid and they are not in favor with wildlife. In fact they kill a lot of wildlife. you are ignorant of the whole situation, by the way, it is a fact that wild dogs have done more damage than wolves. Because the wolf is back in Yellow stone the whole system is balanced now because of them. Don’t just think about your precious little cattle and sheep , you need to get real on the situation, you truly are ignorant of it all, Just remember this they were here before you were, Oh!! I just want to be a sheep hearder out here. Oh!! how sweet!! you need a reality check. one more thing where did all the Bison go ?? they were shot by ignorant white European settlers that didn’t know any thing.. Good grief!!

    • cindy

      Heres one for you the MOST DANGEROUS animal on the planet is MAN HIMSELF! They have destroyed our farmland, poisoned our water, and they senselessly kill any and all wildlife for “sport” instead of food and they have no qualms about killing humans for their own sick pleasure as well, not to mention they are the MOST OVERPOPULATED SPECIES ON THE PLANET! Shall we have opeb season on them as well? Since there are so many starving people on this planet shall we declare open season on them as well?

    • Dr Cassandra Langer

      Really-you sound totally off the wall with your fears. Wolves are a natural part of the ecosystem. They cut down on over population, generally are uninterested you or your domestic livestock and rarely do any real harm of the kind you are suggesting. Frankly doubt your facts. I want to see wolves and I have seen wolves in the wild–they’re habitats have been taken over by a far worse predator-US. I want my children and grandchildren to experience the magnificence of wolves in the wild. I am really sorry you are so frighten and hateful about them. I, for one will go on defending and supporting them against you and all of the benighted people who really do not get that we are only part of the great chain of nature and should be humble before the wonder of it all as well as respecting all life. You speak of playing God but aren’t you with your killing mentality?

  6. Deirdre Butti

    “Only man feels that they can play God”?
    It was man that came here AFTER the
    wolves; it was man that cleared their land; it was man who brought the livestock; it was man who killed off the wolf in the early 1900’s and this is what changed the balance. Perhaps if man respected wolves and other predators as much as the all-mighty dollar, there would be balance.

  7. Patti E Shackelford

    Please leave them alone and let them go and free also stop to kill, hunt, and stop trade the furs so all ANIMAL LOVERS GO FREEDOM AS LIKE HUMANS

  8. ILONA PEARL SMITH

    I feel wolves should be protected from the people that hunt them down or poison them too. God put the wolves here to balance nature. I don’t believe in hunting wildlife period! I mean any type of wildlife Antelope,Bisson,Deer,Elk, etc. Look at all of the wildlife that are now Endangered due to the Hunters that are out of control. A animal should only die when it’s life is up because it is sick or old. NOT BECAUSE OF HUNTERS!

  9. Karen Hummelgard

    Many studies done show the wolf is nature’s means of natural balance. In areas with healthy wolf packs even the rivers are in better condition.

  10. vicki

    You are so wrong. Man Is the worst killing machine. With his high powered scopes with night vision hunti.g by quad or helicopter I hardly call this any sport. It is downright disgusting and inhumane. Those that know about our fra I l ecostem kmow that without the wolves and other essential predators the area as without the wolves are overridden with vermen an rodents. Starving deer and antelope.
    Wolves do not kill for fun and games with prizes like man does. They take care of their young with a devotion that mans should take heed
    Ranchers and hunters have some trumped up silly,ridiculous notion that wolves are just killers and a nuisamce. Even though ranchers get reimbursed for any that they “think “,a wolf has killed. ,they just want them tortured and killed. Sitting Bull once said ” the wolf is our neighbor and they are entitled to this land too.” Many times wolves take the blame for killings that wild dogs have killed. Many times wolves are even baited with tempting fd so as to be set up.to be the “bad guy”. Myself and a fast growing group of pro wolf advocates are promoting Vegan Diets for that reason.
    Wolves are a necessary part of our ecostem.
    In fact history has it that without wolves man would not of existed.
    The wolves were introuted 20 years ago by the Clinton administration and Secretary of interior Babbitt to balance our ecosyem. They do not kill trophy elk and other hunted animals they go after the weak and sick which stops spreading of disease and overridden population of other wild animals.
    Wolves do not kill people are go after them as fairy tails are told.
    They don’t waste their food and share with their young.
    Wolves need to be relisted on our Endangered Species list as they were before.
    We do not want another “silent spring”story.
    They should not be collared either so as to be tracked when the opposition decides to have a war on wolves.
    People need to be educated on wolves and their behavior aND our need for our predator animals.
    There have not been any cases of wolves killing people. In fact you are more apt to be bitten by your neighbors chiuwawa or poodle.
    Sadly some groups can’t be educated because they don’t want to be.
    I really believe the wolf in Many ways is far more intelligent than man.
    Any animal that can cross 3 states and survive the weather and other elements can’t be that dumb.
    As the saying goes ” how lonely the night without the howl of the wolve”
    Please write your Congressman, the USDA,fish and game , the BLM to STOP this horrible slaughtering of such magnificent animals.

    Sincerely, speaking out for wolves.
    Go vegan …save the wolves

  11. Tonya

    I love wolves, they are truly a gift from god.We as a people need to do everything that we can to save them.I believe with god’s help we can save them.Wolves are not our enemy!but our friend.The native Americans called the wolf their friend.They don’t cause no harm.all they want to do is raise their pups,get their food and do what they have to do to survive.I stand with everyone who’s helping these beautiful animals.thank all of you.

  12. The One

    Only one apex species of true error & destruction exisits which all biodiversity in the natural world need fear – Humans.

  13. Teri Endrich

    This is excellent news! I hope dearly that wolf populations r able 2 continue 2 grow! And that they will forever b protected!

  14. Carl Butler

    The story Ms. Fleischman told of the 85 sheep torn apart by wolves was picked up on, added to, passed along, and readily accepted by the wolf haters. None of them cared that within days that story like so many about wolves was totally disproven. It didn’t matter, these people with their high powered guns, snow mobiles, and planes were champing at the bit to kill this intelligent animal.

    Wolf behaviorist will tell you that wolves do not destroy other animals for sport. Humans hold that pathetic distinction.

    Much of what was said in this comment is a bit hard to follow. Wolves in the city? What was that all about. The real tragedy is that there are people that move into to wildlife areas and then proceed to destroy the indigenous animals. Why not just move back to the city where there is no wildlife to speak of?

    I love the comment that Chief Seattle of the Squamish tribe made.

    “What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, Man would die of a great loneliness of spirit.”

    God bless the Sioux that took the buffalo rather than see them slaughtered, and God bless Chief Seattle.

  15. Robin Ryan

    I was driving to an appt out of town & I saw this animal that looked like a wolf coming down a hill but with the traffic it was scared away. I knew that OR 7 was traveling down into California but never in my dreams did I think it could have been the same wolf we had been following the story of. Because of his extreme rarity they would not post his whereabouts unt he hadid moved on. He was looking for a mate by what the story said. If I had the time I would have tried to get his picture but now I do believe it was truly him & I was able to see this beautiful animal. A few days later it did post that he was indeed in the area I had been in. He has now found a mate & possibly has pups which I think is wonderful! For the people who fear this beautiful creature why don’t you fear the mountain lion or coyotes that are killing people & livestock? God gave us these animals & it’s our duty to make sure they survive & not be eradicated. It’s nature of survival not kill for sport or even worse, kill for fear of them killing livestock!

  16. gregory cleary

    I would like to see the FWS to be diss banded it is proven that they kill a lot of animals, as I said before they really don’t care much about wildlife, just money. I am so grateful for defenders and the others who fight them in court to sue the hell out of them!!
    thank you
    Gregory cleary

  17. Joseph Gervais

    We were there in jardine montana the day the wolves were introduced to yellowstone. A landmark event . We were so thrilled to see their reintroduction to this country after years of desimation by ignorance..although wexwere also concerned hearing immmediate anti wolf comments by local ranchers and outfitters..we believe the wolves are a necessary part of our eco system and of our own existance on this earth. We are all partners on this earth and of a shared DNA.

  18. Joan victor

    I echo all the articulate writers before me.
    Killing wolves is done out of ignorance and greed: politicians trying to garner votes from rancher who should not be grazing on public lands and wh all know that wolves rarely kill cattle, and the offended ranchers are more than fairly compensated.
    They all need something to blame.

  19. larry

    I agree with the above pro wolf comments..
    I agree with Carl Butler in the fact that so many people move out to the country and then expect the indigenous animals to dissapear.
    These people need to stay in the cities where there are no are no wild animals to complain about.

    Also I thank the Defenders for working to save The Buffalo for the Sioux Nation which has had such a struggle to save them.
    Seems as if all our wildlife are under attack.

  20. Ulman SAP

    A big Thank YOU and many blessings to all the good people involved in saving animals!!
    Wolves and others – it is SO IMPORTANT and there is so much murder and destruction of habitat going on that it is a very, very hard task.

    THANK YOU with all my heart !

  21. Ana Lopes

    Sorry, I can’t agree with the reintroduction of wolves, BECAUSE I love animals. Sooner or later their population will increase and people will start shooting them.

  22. pamela

    Now if you can keep HUMANS from shooting them should they roam out of the park. We have lost SO MANY animals because of this. Harness the HUMANS and the wolves will have a better chance of making a come back.

  23. Joan Faszczewski

    I’m so glad because they will balance nature. You see wolves or any predator take down the weak and sick animals not the strong ones. Please no more shooting of these wonderful creatures. Leave them alone.

  24. Lone

    Wonderful to see how excited they are once they get back to their own environment!

  25. Olga Paniara

    We all have the duty to save and take care of all animals .Humans can take care of theraselves !!!!!

  26. Barbara Chichester

    I am apprehensive about introducing the wolves into Idaho. This state is notorious for hunting down and killing wolves. There are a lot of wolf haters in this state. I think you should refrain from risking their lives again.

  27. Mike Palmer

    It is a pleasure to see so many people who understand the importance of not only the wolf but wildlife as a whole. My dogs thank those wolves cause where would I be without them !! I only hope Defenders can continue their incredible work for it breaks my heart everytime I hear of another wolf killing. I will be visiting Yellowstone later this year. I only hope to spot a wolf. It will mean everything!!

  28. Salvador Mendoza

    I have the same concern as Ana Lopes how will the wolf population be dealt with?

  29. Denise Nuno

    It seems impossible that we will ever truly “restore the balance” but I hope we will continue to make every effort to maintain diversity of species and to live more harmoniously with other species on our planet.

  30. Yvonne Wey

    Wonderfull to see them being set free I hope they have now long lives and are protected well

  31. Wendé Anne Maunder

    How beautiful was that! I wish we had wolves in the UK. They were once part of our natural heritage but the last one was shot in the 19th century.

  32. Betty Schultz

    Wolves are part of the natural ecosystem- why do people hate wolves so much when man’s best friend runs feral in packs because they were abandoned by cruel people. Dogs are a close relative of wolves and do all those things they say wolves do to stock, pets, they destroy the balance that the predators would maintain. l love my dog and he was a rescue- love him dearly and take him everywhere with us- he is a family member. I don’t understand the mindset of people who abandon animals- would they drop off their children too? The dogs they are used to humans and will pursue them too. Love all animals, treat them with the respect they all deserve- remember every living thing has a soul and everything is connected on a greater level.

  33. Ronnie Vest

    We need to save these wolves. All wolves for that matter, for generations to come….

  34. Pinke Andersson

    It is so fantastic to see them,where they really should live free! Their importance to the balance in that environment is something,that those bloodthirsty hunters do not take seriously!
    Please protect them,let them live free in the wild. They belong there,they deserve that!

  35. Raymond Powell

    Too many ranchers don’t seem to want to recognize that native animals were here in this environment long before farmers, ranchers, and developers cleared their lands. Humans are invading the wolves habitat, not the other way around. Many of us who now live in cities didn’t always, so we can understand the anger and frustration resulting from wolf attacks on livestock. But we all have obstacles and hardships with our livelihoods although different ones; city businesses suffer losses on occasion but that’s to be expected. Ranchers must learn to share the land with its original and rightful owners; our wolves.

  36. Barbara Idso

    I guess I am confused to release wolves in the state of Idaho. The governor there pretty much kills any/all animals (especially wolves). Prayers for the wolves to leave peacefully like they deserve. They are not evil, they are predators who serve the ecosystem. We need them!!

  37. Joey

    This would be wonderful to see and I hope they get the protection that they need and deserve

  38. Laura Gustoson

    It’s an encouraging sight to see something positive for wildlife being done by hunans. Maybe there’s hope for us after all.

  39. Jan Hotubbee

    I was so happy when they released the wolf back into the northern rockies and Yellowstone and one reason I love to go there to hear the wolves. Now they are being mercilessly eradicated because they prey on animals that the surrounding hunters use to make big bucks. The same with the buffalo if they step through an imaginary (to them) border onto leased public land to ranchers. Idaho has declared an all out war on its wolf population. I for one thing we should protect more animals and provide more habitat. They are beautiful creatures we should all cherish as a part of our National Heritage.

  40. Lois Sepahrom

    Wolves are so beautiful, so glad they are protected in some areas. Every time another is killed it increases the chance they may join the list of extinct animals.

  41. Allan Booyjzsen

    I could not have said it better than Michele Jankelow’s comment.

    “It’s not enough to have a dream unless I’m willing to pursue it. It’s not enough to know what’s right unless I’m strong enough to do it. It’s not enough to join the crowd, to be acknowledged and accepted. I must be true to my ideals, even if I’m excluded and rejected. It’s not enough to learn the truth unless I also learn to live it.
    It’s not enough to reach for love unless I care enough to give it – to all creatures.”
    (author sadly unknown)

  42. Linda

    Wolves are so devoted to their young and their family/group circle. They have many wonderful qualities, esp known by those who work w/ them. Thank you for saving them and letting us know the progress. Long live the wolves as a necessary(and yes, beloved) part of our life cycles in the wild.

  43. Sheila

    When I think of a Wolf, thoughts of mystery, beauty, intelligence and familial loyalty come to mind. Wish that was a universal philosophy. Plus, when I look at my Dogs I thank the Wolf for the gift of them.

  44. Cherry Hayes

    We are so lucky to have the wolf here in Canada and the U.S. Never take our magnificent wildlife for granted! Many thanks and lots of love to all of you involved in their reinstatement in Yellowstone Park. May the good work go on…..

  45. Rosie Adams

    I live in the UK where once, we had wolves too. I have watched several serious documentaries on wolves including the re-introduction into Yellowstone Park when it was done and a recent narrative on how the bio-diversity of the whole place has improved with the natural predation. Areas once overgrazed by deer and arid are now turning into wood and forestlands once more, deer move away from the wolves and the grasslands have a chance of recovery; the wolves tend to pick off the weak, sick and/or elderly and so keep the gene-pool of the herds active and healthy and where the forests form silt builds and forms the perfect banking systems for old river flow revivals. I recently watched one documentary that shocked me however, called Unnatural Nature. It was horrifying to see that the absolute wilderness that was America, teeming with wildlife was completely destroyed by the early settlers and the herds and wild animals just shot at random and in droves, trapped, baited and snared out of existence and that Yellowstone itself was bereft of almost all the life forms that had existed within it and was formed into an ‘artificial’ wilderness by one man’s dream of turning it into a ‘wildlife tourist attraction’. No wonder there is still animosity and resentment among the First Nations and many other Native American peoples.

  46. Amy M Glogowski

    They are such beautiful creatures, thank you for sharing & hope to see many more return to safety!

  47. Dr Cassandra Langer

    I agree with all Defenders stands for. And although i am not a millionaire I have made provisions in my will for them to benefit because there are too many wolf haters out there who have no idea of the harm they are doing for the future of this planet and all the natural treasures we have been given by nature. It is disheartening to realize that the primary predator on this planet who is killing all that make life worth living are ignorant, unfeeling so called human beings. There are monsters on the planet and they aren’t wolves.

  48. Maxine Sheehan

    If we don’t stop killing off all the predators the ecosystem will be screwed. It was finely balanced once upon a time. I firmly believe that humans have initiated a
    major extinction event. In other words, we’ve screwed the planet up royally and it soon won’t sustain human life. Thank goodness for that. I’m just grateful I won’t be around to see it happen.

    Another thought, maybe these hunters could do a sort of monthly hunger games. It would be a fairer contest, and put us out of their misery.

  49. Linda

    They have a right to be here big part of our heritage need to be left in peace

  50. Debby

    What a heartwarming video to see these beautiful animals returned to their natural habitat. If we could only learn to co-exist our lives would be oh, so much richer.

  51. Gina Marchel

    PLEASE, stop hunting these magnificent animals, for all times to come!!

  52. Martin Beckman

    Seeing these smart, loyal creatures returned to their habitat is heartwarming and reminds me again of the movie “Dances with Wolves” and its message that we need to anticipate the results of our actions a little better in the future.

  53. debbie

    Let these beautiful animals live in peace. God put them here and they have acreasin for being here. Man is always wanting to destroy life.

  54. Christina Travis

    There is a need to seek alternative methods of dealing with problems. When one species is in trouble the first solution is to kill anything that might be predating on them. It is more sensible to find out why there is a problem in the first place. I come from farming stock. I grew up in 4-H and FFA and understand problems that farmers and ranchers face, but some of them are brought on themselves. When you intentionally graze cattle and sheep in denning areas, they will be hunted. There is such a thing as personal responsibility. Here in Colorado, with so many people encroaching on mountain lion territory, dogs and cats are at risk of predation. It is our responsibility to understand that this was their land first and they have no way of understanding the human “rights to property”.

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