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Wolf introduction - The political debate

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Ranchers are the main opponents of wolf reintroduction. Pay the ranchers for their losses, which Defenders of Wildlife does. This doesn't really solve the underlying problem, however, and it is expensive.

Colorado voters last year approved a ballot initiative to reintroduce wolves on public lands and advocates say reintroduction will reestablish a great supply of wolf habitat that once stretched from Canada to Mexico


In 1973, a federal law was enacted to protect endangered and threatened plants and animals, as well as the habitats in which they live. The development of this law, known as the Endangered Species Act and was guided by an a new conservation at the time, that healthy landscapes depend upon the presence of native plants and animals.



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