Utah may be full of beautiful landscapes and wildlife, but it does not view all wildlife equally. 

Wolves have caused a problem since the dawn of time for farmers and ranchers, however, that doesn’t mean they should be villainized. Utah has a history of trying to get wolves off the Endangered Species List so they can hunt them under state regulations. This has not gone well.  

Recently, Colorado has made moves to help reintroduce wolves into their state and an agreement between its neighboring states to capture and return any wolves that cross borders. Utah representatives would like to return these majestic creatures as rugs... 

Though Colorado is tracking the wolves they have released, there have been some incidents of wolf attacks on cattle. It seems like a no-win situation, however; cattle aren’t being put on the Endangered Species List anytime soon. If it comes to maintaining true ecosystem balance, both wolves and other animals must be a part of it.  

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said that wolves play a huge part in the ecosystem. As an apex predator, wolves keep the balance of things such as deer, elk, coyotes and other animals down. Having too much of any of these species starts to shift the balance.  

Not only that, but wolves help maintain the vegetation from being overgrazed by hunting prey animals. They also allow herds to gain better overall health by targeting the weaker or elderly animals.  

So, despite the bad reputation that Utah legislators have given wolves, they do play an important part not just in Utah but everywhere. Also, Colorado has had NONE of their wolves cross into Utah borders so far which makes the threat currently zero.  


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