Roughly 200 outfitters, ranchers and sportsmen turned out on Center Street in Jackson to speak out against wolves, a predator they say is ruining the state’s elk population and threatening livestock.
“We’re here to support our heritage,” said Taylor, one of the event organizers and owner of Gros Ventre Wilderness Outfitters. “The wolf has no place on the endangered species list. They back us into a corner and, by God, we’re ready to fight.”
Mike Jimenez, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist and Wyoming wolf recovery coordinator who attended the rally, said outfitters are probably correct that wolves have had an impact on some segments of the local elk population. But some comments made at Saturday’s event distorted facts about wolves, he said.
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