Wednesday, May 20, 2009

YNP rangers kill habituated wolf

Park officials kill nuisance wolf

A yearling male wolf that Yellowstone National Park officials said had become habituated to people was killed by staff Tuesday along Fountain Flat Drive, north of Old Faithful in the Lower Geyser Basin.

On at least three occasions, the wolf chased bicyclists and one motorcyclist reported an encounter with the wolf. Park staff also received reports of the wolf approaching people and cars - behavior consistent with a food-conditioned animal.

I'm not going to complain. It's the first time they've ever killed a Yellowstone wolf and food-habituated wildlife really does pose a danger to humans. Keep this in mind, though, the next time you hear someone complain about 'sacrificing people to wildlife.' Nope, that's not what happens. We might require humans to face some inconvenience for the sake of protecting nature and wildlife, but when there's a real threat to human health - the peoples win and the critters lose, every time.

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