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New West Daily Roundup for Apr. 3, 2017

Today in New West news: Rocky Mountain National Park sup. speaks about challenges facing national parks, Montana plants wheat while Wyoming considers hemp, and Utah court preserves federal protections for state prairie dogs.

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The Big Bad Wolf and the American Mind

Everywhere you turn these days, there seem to be headlines about wolves. “Idaho to Take Over Managing Wolves in January,”? read an AP story in yesterday’s Idaho Statesman. “Wolfless Nevada,”? declared another AP piece, in the Casper Star-Tribune. (That fascinating story was about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rejecting a petition to delist wolves in Nevada, despite the fact that the species was completely wiped out in Nevada several decades ago.) Across the West, states are grappling with the question of how to manage wolves: whether or not they should be listed, what should happen when they interfere with ranching, how many is too many, who should be allowed to decide. Given that wolves are crossing state borders — from Idaho to Oregon, for one — the wolf will soon be making an appearance around the Northwest, at least in federal court. In the ten years since wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone, the animals have become a symbol of hope for wildlife lovers, a soul-stirring sign that the wild has not been entirely eradicated from the West. But for some ranchers and others who will never love the howling canines, the wolf is still a creature to loathe, a pest no better than a rat that should be left to survive only in the smallest possible pack numbers.

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