“The sage grouse faces huge problems from industrial development and livestock grazing across the West, and now the Interior Department seems to be squandering a major opportunity to put science before politics and solve these problems."
Idaho's wolf population booms, but at a cost to its own
By Nicholas Collias
In the eyes of those in charge of managing Idaho's wolves, 2005 is a very different time than 1999. "Early on in wolf recovery, when we were trying to get this population to grow, every wolf was valuable," explains Carter Niemeyer, FWS wolf recovery coordinator for Idaho. "Now, we have wolves all over the backcountry. We don't feel it's necessary to go out and raise wolves in captivity, or relocate them."