OK-SAFE, Inc. – In 1995 and 1996, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service engaged in a project to “reintroduce” wolves into Yellowstone National Park, and central Idaho. Some of the agency’s talking points included statements such as, “Wolves play an important role as predator in the ecosystems they inhabit.”
After a decade and half, those predators are doing what predators left unchecked will do – namely, killing and maiming other, more necessary animals, including cattle, deer and elk. According to one count, the elk herd in northern Montana has been reduced by 70% in the last 16 years.
Crying Wolf is a one-hour independently-filmed documentary detailing what it’s really been like for ranchers, farmers and hunters in the affected areas – mostly Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. It’s been costly.
The movie’s subtitle is Exposing the Wolf Reintroduction in Yellowstone National Park.
Experiencing unnatural growth and protected as an endangered species, the wolves, are frequently seen hunting in packs, and routinely attack cattle, deer and elk.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife says wolves this about wolves,”They feed primarily on large mammals, such as deer and elk, removing sick and injured animals from the populations.” Apparently most of the elk in Gardiner, Montana were sick or injured ’cause they’re going, going, gone.
“All told, the elk population has declined by 70 percent in the 16 years since wolf reintroduction.” Story here.
Anyone heard an apology from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?
From the Crying Wolf Website:
Crying Wolf is an independently produced documentary film by Jeffrey King, a 20 year old Montana resident. His passions are filmmaking, wildlife, and truth, wherever it may (or may not) be found. He finished his studies last fall, when he completed his B.S.B.A. in Business Management via a distance program through Thomas Edison State College. Be sure to follow the film’s informative Facebook page for the latest wolf news.
Well done, Jeffrey.