California deems gray wolves endangered species

June 9, 2014

Gray WolvesHunting gray wolves is now prohibited in California. [Press Herald]

The California Fish and Game Commission voted 3-1 last week to deem gray wolves an endangered species. Gray wolves had nearly disappeared from California but are now expected to grow in population because an Oregon wolf recently fathered pups within 50 miles of the state line.

Gray wolves have long irked cattle ranchers as they have a history of killing livestock. Recently, the wolves have preyed on many cattle in Idaho and Montana, prompting aggressive hunting programs to ward them off.

In the early 1900s, gray wolves suffered widespread extinction after they endured nationwide bounty hunting and poisoning. The endangered species designation will now require fish and game officials to work to enhance and restore the animal’s population.


14 Comments

  1. LameCommenter says:

    Rumor has it that wolf meat tastes surprisingly like chicken.
    Not that people with cattle on their land would know anything about such rumors.

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  2. Ted Slanders says:

    The California Fish and Game seems to forget what our Hebrew God of the bible has to say about the Gray Wolves. Ignorant fools that they are!

    Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Genesis 1:26)

    Since all TRUE Christians have the godly right to “rule over” wild animals, then this means we can shoot the gray wolves, stuff them, and place them within the confines of our man caves, so saith the Lord, praise!

    Thank our God that the bible can prove just about anything that we need and at any given time.

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    • ToHellinaHandBasket says:

      Galatians 6:7

      King James Version (KJV)

      7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

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      • Ted Slanders says:

        Handbasket,

        Thank you for including your very important passage relative to my post, and if anyone mocks the fact that we are to rule over the animals and can do what we want with them, we’ll both point out Galations 6:7 out to them, praise!

        Thank you for your biblical insight.

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        • GoneBabyGone says:

          Here’s an idea, Mr Slanders! Let’s put you out there with the weapon’s available four thousand years ago and we’ll let you take dominion over them for us. How “bout that?! You can be our God given Game Warden. As St. Jerome quipped…

          “Practice What You Preach”

          So, when can we tell the ranchers you’ll be arriving?

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          • Ted Slanders says:

            My dear GoneBabyGone,

            It seems as though all you have left is whimsical notions in your recent posts because you’re having a very hard time in accepting biblical axioms.

            I will pray for you.

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    • Pelican1 says:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNEYfIUDkh8

      (Pelican 20:14)

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  3. indigo1955 says:

    It never ceases to amaze me…the synchronicity that transpires that leads to one thing…and then another…and then….before you know it, the whole situation has changed radically. Take beef, for instance. Most of us are aware that cattle consumes a HUGE amount of grain and water (not to mention land-space). With the population soaring to 9 billion by the year 2050, we will either be forced to conserve…or become extinct. So, what happens instead, are strange little ‘happenings’ that just point us in the direction of realizing how expensive and impractical certain practice are. Why are we even consuming so much beef? The average American intakes 40% more protein than they need. And so, we see droughts and then things like this. “Bad news for cattle ranchers”, says the post above. Yep, you are right. But sometimes that causes us to pause and consider what practices are just no longer feasible.

    People are not going to stop reproducing-this is a fact. You can do anything (except maybe slip something into the water supply to slow it down) and many, many people will still have large families. They do not care that food supplies are not endless, nor do they care about the increase in autism, the need for a better school system, etc. Nothing will slow them down. They do not care about the crowded and criminal conditions they are bringing children into, and would certainly never pause to consider cleaning up the world first. They are really the ones that have the cattle mentality. I think the cows might be smarter. And, no doubt, the wolves most assuredly are.

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    • Rambunctious says:

      I think humans deserve more credit from people with dire futuristic predictions. We have proven the ability to fix what we break, clean where we $#!%, and survive when we were told we would not. The wolves will survive too and it will be people that see to it. Relax everyone we’re not so fragile.

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    • Jon Tatro says:

      Indigo why are you consuming so much air? I happen to like beef and that’s none of your business. Your rambling nonsense about human population has nothing to do wolves or this article.

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    • GoneBabyGone says:

      With that in mind you also have to consider that almost 3 billion metric tons of CO2 emission PER YEAR in the form of methane gas is poured into our atmosphere from the butts of those cattle, the single largest contributor to green house gases that ARE changing our climate.

      As Rambunctious states, we as a species can, and have in the past, fix what we have broken, BUT.. We are at a tilting point right now, where all the fixing in the world won’t matter! And as usual big business dictates what will be done, and in this case? Not just more of the same, but much, much, much, much more!

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  4. achillesheal says:

    Bad news for cattle ranchers.

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