UPDATE ON WOLVES
On to wolves a host of environmental organizations have initiated
litigation to prohibit the Fish and Wildlife Service from downlisting the
wolf from its present endangered status to a less protective threatened status.
(See, of late, HUPC
LYNX 2/03 and 4/03.) The primary argument is that while
wolf recovery has been successful in Yellowstone/central Idaho, the number
of wolves, both in these areas and across the true historical range of wolves,
simply dont meet any recognized long term species viability standards. Having
wolves meet minimum standards in Yellowstone, for example, for only a few
years has no long term meaning and certainly across the historical range of
wolves there still exist few, if any, self sustaining wolf packs.