Having seen the destruction that unchecked wolf packs can do to moose and caribou populations in Alaska for decades I know with certainty that their numbers must be managed if a sustainable number of game animals are to be available. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has exhibited the good sense to institute carefully regulated aerial wolf hunting during the winter. They do it not from a hatred of wolves but instead from a love of balance.
In Unit 20E where I annually hunt for moose the numbers of moose have risen each year specifically due to the reduction in the numbers of wolves (and the increase in resident brown bear tags). After speaking with a G&F biologist a year ago he told me that if Alaska stopped aerial wolf hunting the population of moose would be back to barely surviving in 20E in less than 4 years. This is from someone with no "hunting skin in the game" but instead from a scientist who wants to see healthy populations of both predators and prey in his area of concern.
The Kenai Peninsula (especially the high bench area above Tustumena Lake) used to be THE destination moose hunt anywhere in Alaska. Unfortunately that area falls inside of the Federally managed Kenai National Moose Range. The Feds do not allow aerial predator hunting. Now you're lucky to even see a moose on the Peninsula. Just ask Steve H. how bad the moose hunting is now down on the Peninsula. It used to be the ultimate hunting destination for moose in Alaska. Now NO ONE thinks of going to the Kenai to hunt moose.
Wolves unchecked and unreduced will result in a lynx/lemming sine/cosine wave of feast and famine. Reduce the wolves with oversight and management. In so doing they survive in reasonable numbers AND the population of game animals (moose, elk, deer) will thrive. Too much science and hard facts support this to be a debatable issue. It is not debatable - it is proven fact.
If Colorado fails to learn from the failures of Idaho and the successes of Alaska then shame on them. Aerial wolf hunting is necessary and should be embraced by the Colorado authorities.
Pica. . . I made very little comment about his ethics, or skills or abilities, Outside of the very obvious rant about the trained biologist has to do DNA testing on it to establish that it is really a wolf ( but this guy. . and we. . get to establish that fact in seconds at long range).
Don't put words in my mouth. ChuckC
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Wow, , , , I never knew. . . and Old Faithful increased its intensity and duration so that more could enjoy it, sometimes spewing forth multicolored displays of life giving brew. The rainbows became more numerous, in response to all the happy vibes from below, shining out all of their colors PLUS two that were never before known. (OK, shut up Chuck)