I realize that there were too many elk in the park at one time, you miss the point about a 14,000 head swing plus the offspring in less than 20 years from the introduction of 66 wolves. To put this in perspective there was a loss of 7,000,000 pounds, that is seven million pounds of elk meat not counting the offspring that was also killed, The park can easily handle 15 to 18 thousand elk with out any adverse effect on the riparian areas. With all the infinite wisdom out there the wolf hugger's have continually failed to realize that as the undulate population drops even more the wolves are soon to follow.
An opinion piece that is written by a person who is not directly impacted by the wolf's reintroduction, I did however notice that Paul tried to keep his piece in the confines of the park except for the large buffer area (most likely to cover a 3 state region) around the park. Yellowstone housed in excess of 22,000 head of elk and in just a few short years with the introduction of a meager 66 wolves the population has plummeted by two thirds, that means that the wolves have anhialated over 14,000 elk, keeping in mind that these elk are still producing offspring the numbers increase expotentially. Where else in the state have we seen such drastic changes? Hmm, how about the Bitteroot, the Bighole and so on where we did not have the elk numbers to sustain the constant predatory bombardment we have witnessed. It is easy to sit back and write your story Paul but when you are adversly impacted and see the sweat of your brow rendered useless your story would certainly change.
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