charkellyaz18 wrote:James I know that the forest service will shoot dangerous or livestock killing wolves but I mean just people killing them because they dont like them or some crazy rednecks.
A number of wolves have been shot under "mysterious" circumstances. It is surmised that the "shoot, shovel, and shut up" situation has happened to a # of wolves just as it occasionally happens to grizzlies in the Northern Rockies.
From the Sierra Club Grand Canyon chapter website:
<<The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the shooting deaths of three of these wolves last fall. The agency is also continuing to investigate the illegal killing of four other wolves. Killing a Mexican gray wolf is a violation of the Federal Endangered Species Act and Arizona law. Anyone with information that might be helpful in this matter should contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents in Mesa, AZ at (480) 835-8289 or Pinetop at (928) 367-5689; the White Mountain Apache Tribe at (928) 338-1023 or (928) 338-4385; or Arizona Game and Fish Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700.>>
There is some good news, however:
<<Recently, the White Mountain Apache Tribe decided to allow up to six Mexican gray wolf packs on the 1.5 million acres of reservation land.>>
Both quotes are from the same article, and its date of publication is unknown to me.
I also read on mexicanwolves.org that the alpha female and alpha male of the Middle Fork pack had one leg apiece amputated after at least one of them was caught in a leghold trap (I consider trapping to be an abomination, but that's just my opinion). Allegedly they're doing fine as canids can do quite well with 3 legs.
My fraternity in college had a 3-legged pit bull/chow mix (not a good mix, BTW) that used to terrorize the pledges. I'll never forget eating Sunday dinner @ the house one instance, and Ubu put her snout right between my legs and growled. Needless to say that was a terrifying experience as that stupid dog was rightly known to be quite dangerous. She could run like the dickens when she wanted.