Two bills have been introduced in the United States House of Representatives to strip wolves in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin from endangered species status. The Duluth News Tribune points out one bill would prohibit the US Forest Service from listing wolves as endangered species while the other would restore wolves unprotected status not just in the three Midwestern States but also Wyoming. Both pieces of legislation are a good first step since it is a bad idea to list wolves as an endangered species.
The reason for that is partly found in this quote from the Duluth News Tribune‘s article quoting Minnesota Representative John Kline:
“Wolf attacks are a concern for farmers and livestock producers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, where the overpopulation of gray wolves is directly linked to the decline of livestock and other animals,’’ Kline said in a statement Thursday. “This bipartisan legislation will remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered species list and return management to the states, providing greater flexibility and giving states exclusive jurisdiction over the wolves within their own borders.”
If wolves are given endangered species status and they decide to come on a rancher or even home owner’s property and depending on what state someone lives in, the property owner has to meet a number of requirements before they can legally shoot to kill a wolf. In many cases and by default, the wolf has more legal rights than a property owner. Short of if a wolf attacks a person, if a pet dog or cat or even livestock are attacked by a wolf and someone shoots and kills it, that individual could end up in big legal trouble. Wolves do not differentiate between domesticated and wild animals when they are hungry and will not avoid contact with humans if there are little to no consequences when they do.
The sinister reason why environmentalists want wolves protected is simple: reducing carbon emissions. Environmentalist groups and residents have filed a number of lawsuits against farmers and ranchers due to livestock emissions. Studies have been done correlating emissions from livestock as contributing to climate change. As a result, not only do environmentalists sue establishments involved in raising livestock but also see wolves as a means to an end.
By making the wolf population larger, it makes it more likely that animals used in meat production will be attacked and eaten by wolves rendering them useless for human consumption. It is a revolting concept greens have pushing for policies to help enlarge the wolf population grounded in the idea of balancing the eco-system. It is also a form of behavior modification since livestock attacks contribute to ratcheting up meat and poultry prices.
This, in theory, will hopefully prod people to become vegetarians while also curbing human activity to help the planet’s climate. Another benefit with having larger wolf populations increases the likelihood that humans would be attacked too. Not only would wolves kill livestock animals but they would also help get rid of what environmentalists see as the root cause of Earth’s problems: mankind itself (except themselves, of course).