But What of Wolves?

Montana Bison (Photo credit: Matthew Brown/AP)

Montana Bison
(Photo credit: Matthew Brown/AP)

The link below is to an article on Bloomberg regarding the American Prairie Preserve, a very interesting and potentially important project for Montana. It does well to dedicate land for pure-bred Bison and this group claims that on the preserve Bison will “mingle with coyotes, prairie dogs and other scourges of the cattlemen with whom the Prairie Reserve is battling (when it isn’t buying them out).”

But there is no mention of wolves in this article – none. Considering how persecuted the Gray Wolf has become, this project could offer incredible habitat and help to offset the horrendous losses already being seen in the Rocky Mountain Region now that delisting has taken full force. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. I recommend all interested in the precarious state of wolves in the lower 48 inquire as to what status wolves will enjoy on the American Prairie Preserve.

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6 thoughts on “But What of Wolves?

  1. Livestock have been made into a plague by animal agriculture who set them upon ecosystems. Most “bison” gene’s are “contaminated” with cattle genes so this project is important. Anti-wolf Montana cannot be trusted to protect the integrity of wolf packs as their social structure is constantly under unnatural selection pressures from hunters and trappers. This project needs wolves who will be allowed to evolve in the absence of such persecution.

  2. I did inquire about wolves and here is the vague response from American prairie preserve on may 26, 2013:

    “Thank you for your kind note, and for your interest in American Prairie
    Reserve. We would be delighted to have you and your husband visit the

    To answer your questions:

    1.) We do allow hunting on the Reserve through Montana Fish, Widlife and
    Parks’ Block Management Program. We believe hunting and conservation can
    complement one another. All hunting on Reserve lands is regulated
    according to state policy.

    2.) Hunting quotas for wolves and other species are determined by the
    state, rather than APR.

    More information on our policies is available at:

    Best wishes,
    Michael Wainwright

    • Thank you so much for this information. Knowing that the Montana wolf management plan is nearly wide open except on national park land, this Reserve will only serve to further eradicate Gray Wolf recovery. I am myself waiting for a response to my own inquiry. We’ll see if it is the same. Thanks, again!

  3. Thanks for following through on this, Kasy.

    That news is terribly disappointing. I was the Alaska director for Greenpeace many decades ago when the ADFG reinstated aerial hunting of wolves. And while researching for my book, I focused on the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and an area where the highest number of wolves (55) were slated to be shot and trapped—in the Sawtooth management area consisting of several “units”. Sawtooth saw several hundred of elk killed by gun, bow, and muzzle-loader hunters. Special, additional hunting seasons were established as well.

    As it was in Alaska, wolves are killed to appease animal agriculture and the hunting minority (5.5% of the US population in one government sponsored study). Montana will be no different. It is not ecosystems management. If the American Prairie Reserve intends to be another shooting range with a narrow focus on bison, it will be in a highly distorted habitat where the predominant selection pressures will once again be the agencies and their clients.

    The Reserve owns the land and controls access but chooses not to. Thus it appears this is what an otherwise laudable project supports—wolf killing. It sounds like the Reserve also allows trapping if they are following the department’s directives. I could go on about how the departments have zero chance in the long-tern to stop the loss of biodiversity and the ecosystems they are part of. Humanity, in its current destructive human ecology behaviors is far more powerful than any department’s resources. Allowing hunting on the “reserve” serves to continue that mistaken trajectory. Do their donors hunt there?

  4. Pingback: No Place for Wolves on the American Prairie Reserve | Oakmoss Education

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