@Robert Wood: Keep in mind also that climate has changed heavily (NOT due to CO2) since Lewis and Clarks and Alexander Ross's expedition, which was at the height of the little ice age but might have been different for that local area because of the oddness of its topography.
1) The problem may actually be MOUNTAIN LION predation.
2) Fewer wolves will increase the number of mountain lions, as in WA which lost most of its wolves and is now over run with them.
3) Mountain lions are a much greater threat to human life and economic activity then wolves are. There has not been a single case of a healthy wolf attacking unprovoked a human since such things began being recorded 100 years ago. There was a case near Issaquah, WA where a cougar found its way to a strategic part of a jogging trail and nabbed himself 4 missing persons before finally failing to get one and being found out. They confirmed the human kills off of small remnants found in stomach.
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