What Is Being Done to Save the Gray Wolf?
Gray wolves are being saved through a variety of conservation measures, such as new laws and wildlife preserves. However, to pass the necessary laws and establish preserves, there needs to be public support for the preservation of gray wolves.
The World Conservation Society points out that wolves have gotten a bad rap over the years. Not only are they portrayed as the creatures of nightmares, but they have had strained relationships with humans and more importantly, sheep and cattle, in the territories where they roam. These bad relationships have resulted in the killing and near extinction of wolves in the world, which was prevented with stringent anti-poaching laws. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, protecting the wolf under the Endangered Species Act is an important step in preserving these animals. Furthermore, gray wolves are slowly being reintroduced to their original habitat by releasing them into wildlife preserves and state and national parks, like Yellowstone National Park.
The next step to preserving the gray wolf, now that the species has started to flourish again, is to keep it listed as an endangered species and challenge laws that could harm it, such as wolf-hunting season in Minnesota and livestock-related wolf hunting in Oregon.