Is it a Good Thing to Reintroduce Wolves in Colorado?
Wolves are really needed in Colorado. It is for the purpose of restoring the natural ecological balance, but wolves actually are essential to help restore a healthy ecosystem and to help correct the wrong that were imposed to wolves and its wild lands. Wolves also are important ecologically, common and a widespread carnivore and were being subjected to the campaign of persecution to help tame the land that’s meant for livestock.
Doomsday scenarios actually predicted that if wolves were restored to the wildlands in Northern Rocky Mountain states in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, it never come to pass. Wolves have never decimated elk herds or even ruined the ranching industry in such states. There’s no clear indication that they can do this in Colorado.
In the Northern Rocky Mountain state, there’s actually about 1,700 gray wolves. Data being gathered from state wildlife agencies in fact documented that the elk populations as well as hunter success were above the average compared to its pre-wolf reintroduction.
Wolves are considered to be the best friend of hunters. This is because wolves simply select the weak or the diseased which makes herds get healthier and also stronger. Because wolves moderates the size of a her, elks are not able to populate their habitat easily and landscapes become healthier. This simply means that wolves benefit the health of the habitat and the herd.
Any compensation to ranchers from livestock loss because of wolves have to be fair and one that should be reasonable. In the state of Washington, ranchers are being paid twice the verified loss in order to compensate them from the animals that were not found but may be lost due to wolves.
After the first reintroduced in the Northern Rockies, livestock losses due to wolves were compensated by Defenders of Wildlife. When states took over the management of wolf, they as well as the Federal government took over payments. Defendants in fact are focused to the prevention of wolf depredations by funding wolf coexistent projects which includes range riders, guard dogs as well as portable fencing.
The ranchers in the Northern Rockies who implements coexistent strategies are living successfully with carnivores. The implementation of coexistent strategies require changes on the management of livestock. The changes like range riders will not only help prevent wolf depredation and shows to benefit the condition of the rangers that benefits ranchers.
Proponents in wolf reintroduction such as in the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project in fact knows that coexistence is actually possible and wolf restoration is effectively done through proper education and seeking restoration of the natural heritage and natural balance.
Wolves are definitely important to get a healthy ecosystem. It is in fact possible that people, livestock and wolves could coexist together.