Is it a Good Thing to Reintroduce Wolves in Colorado?
Wolves are 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 were considered to be ecologically important, widespread and is a common carnivore that was subjected to campaigns of persecution in order to tame the land for livestock.
The doomsday scenario actually predicted that when wolves will be restored to the wildlands of the Northern Rocky Mountain states in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana have never come to pass. Wolves have never decimated elk herds or even ruined the ranching industry in such states. There’s likewise no indication that they can do it in Colorado.
In the Northern Rocky Mountain state, it has been speculated that there are 1,700 gray wolves. The data gathered from state wildlife agencies in fact documented that elk populations and also hunter success is actually above the average than the pre-wolf reintroduction.
Wolves are considered to be the best friend of hunters. This is simply because wolves only choose the diseased or weak, making the herd stronger and healthier. Because wolves moderates the size of a her, elks are not able to populate their habitat easily and landscapes become healthier. It simply means that wolves helps in balancing the health of the herd and habitat.
The compensation to ranchers for their livestock loss from wolves needs to be reasonable and fair. 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 reintroduction of wolves to the Northern Rockies, livestock losses to wolves actually 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.
Ranchers who are in the Northern Rockies implementing coexisting strategies actually are living successfully with the carnivores. Implementation of the coexistent strategies actually require change for the management of livestock. Changes such as in range riders not just help prevent wolf depredation and it also shows the benefit on the condition on the rangers as well as give benefits of ranchers.
The proponents of wolf reintroduction like the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project knows that coexistence is possible and it also seeks wolf restoration through proper education and they seek the restoration of natural heritage and a natural balance.
Wolves are truly important for a healthy ecosystem. It is in fact possible that people, livestock and wolves could coexist together.