Gray wolves are listed as an endangered species by the Fish and Wildlife Commission. A new bill from the Washington State House proposes the removal of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List. Due to the fact that this animal is considered endangered, a conservation and management plan was adopted in order to save the animals from extinction.
This plan consists of breeding pairs in different areas of the state. The problem is that the growing number of wolves might affect other animals such as dear. This new bill mentions that in some areas there are enough wolves. This is why the wolves should be taken off the Endangered Species list.
People are concerned that the gray wolves can even become a problem in some areas. The bill mentions that these animals can be very dangerous if there are too many. The Fish and Wildlife Commission disagrees with the bill.
A spokesman for the Fish and Wildlife Commission, Donny Mortello, says that the management plan needs to be reviewed but the animals need to continue to be listed as endangered. These wolves are still a threatened species.
The problem is that many people are concerned about the fact that the gray wolves might kill cattle and horses. People fear for the loss of livestock. These people also mentioned that the gray wolves have recovered and they are already too many to be considered as endangered.
This is only true in some parts of the state because in order parts there are fewer animals. In order to see how the wolves affect other predators and their prey, the Fish and Wildlife Commission decided that it is time to make a study on this matter.
They said that they are going to catch deer, cougars, and elk and put a radio-collar on them. This way they will monitor their movements. The commission mentioned that this is the only way to know what effects the gray wolves have on these animals. Now, with this study and the bill, we’ll have to wait and see what will happen to the gray wolves.
What is your opinion about the bill? Do you think that the wolves should be taken off the list?
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