Latest “shocker” from anti-wolf is no shock at all-
The anti-wolf folks are always coming up with new charges, which generally just show they haven’t been paying attention.
The latest is that there were wolves in Montana prior to the reintroduction in Idaho and Yellowstone!!!!
This is true, but it is not some hidden conspiracy. The fact has been discussed in numerous books and articles, and USFWS duly reported the number of Montana wolves and location of these wolves each year in its annual reports.
Here are the figures taken from their annual reports:
1979 = 2 wolves; 1980 = 1; 1981 = 2; 1982 = 8; 1983 = 6 1984 = 6; 1985 = 13; 1986 =15; 1987 = 10; 1988 = 14; 1989 = 12; 1990 = 33; 1991 = 29 1992= 41; 1993 = 55; 1994 = 48; reintroduction 1995 = 66
Oddly enough after reintroduction, the numbers stagnated for quite a while. For example, there were only 64 wolves in 2000.
It’s reasonable to assume that without reintroduction, wolves would have naturally reestablished themselves in most of Montana, but migration would have been slow with a lot of wolves up north before they made it to Yellowstone and Wyoming. Because these wolves were fully “endangered,” rules governing them would have been a lot more strict than with those that were finally reintroduced in 1995.