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via Should Governments Provide More Sanctuaries for Grey Wolves (Canis lupus)? L. David MECH | CWBM 2021

Abstract

As the grey wolf (Canis lupus) was removed from the U.S. Endangered Species List in several states, management authority reverted to those states, and some promptly allowed regulated public hunting and/or trapping, with a few aggressively trying to reduce populations. European countries are also increasingly facing growing wolf numbers and an expanding distribution as well as pressure to control their populations while the species is protected by the European Commission’s Habitats Directive. In the U.S., the abrupt change from total species protection to authorized public exploitation angered much of the public, fostered lawsuits resulting in wolf relisting, and engendered a movement for further protection. As governments such as those in the Pacific Northwest states gain experience managing wolves, they might need to consider the wishes of an increasing citizenry that desires more protection for wolves. While wolf management includes lethal control in some areas, zoning certain wild lands as wolf sanctuaries could be a useful approach for ensuring some protection. Areas inseveral U.S. states are discussed as examples of possible wolf sanctuaries that can potentially serve as models for sanctuaries in other countries