No Place for Wolves on the American Prairie Reserve

aprlogoA recent post about a potentially important project purported to be a haven for pure-bred American Bison (Bison bison) will have policies in place that may make it more resemble a game reserve. The American Prairie Reserve (APR) in Montana maintains the following policies in regard to hunting, including the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus):

  • the APR will “allow hunting on the Reserve through Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Block Management Program.”
  • “Hunting quotas for wolves and other species are determined by the state, rather than APR.”

These policies were confirmed to me today by APR’s Michael Wainwright (who also previously outlined these policies to another blogger).

The APR, which boasts “a grassland reserve of THREE-MILLION acres – a wildlife spectacle that rivals the Serengeti and an AWE-INSPIRING place for you and your children to explore,” will grandfather in Montana’s onerous and highly controversial wolf management plan.

Their mission and values statements make it clear that this will be a managed landscape for human use and not truly left to the whims of Nature.

How extremely disappointing that 3 million acres of Montana wilderness will not be a haven for the most important carnivore in North America nor any other species which may be a draw for hunting interests. So the question eluded to in my original APR post seems to be answered – the APR will not be so much a reserve for wildlife and wildlands but will function more or less as a bucolic playground for people. The tagline of the APR – “Building a globally important wildlife reserve for public enjoyment” – confirms this assertion.

5 thoughts on “No Place for Wolves on the American Prairie Reserve

  1. Agree completely. By allowing hunting on the APR,
    and the absence if top predators such as the wolf, I will not support this endeavor.

  2. No wolves, no me, very discouraging. You forget about the trophic cascade provided by this iconic American Apex Predator.


  3. With a large part of the land leased BLM land and the various tax incentives to open private land for limited hunting in Montana it makes sense. Large tracts of land in the preserve will not be open to public hunting and will act as a refugee. Wolves were hunting in this land prior to 1492 by the natives and that hunting was as much a part of the “nature” of things as the wolves themselves were. The simple fact that there will be limited hunting allowed has encouraged the local population to get on board. I will be supporting the Preserve.

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