Bring Wolves Back to Rocky Mountain National Park

Target: National Park Service

Goal: Reintroduce wolves to Rocky Mountain National Park to control the elk population

There is an overpopulation of elk in Rocky Mountain National Park. The elk have few natural predators in the area due to previous culling of predatory populations. The elk also cannot be hunted by people, according to federal law. The overpopulation of elk poses its own problem by overgrazing the area, leaving them and other animal populations without adequate food and habitat.

Wolves are a natural predator for the elk. However, there are few wolves in the area due to decades of hunting and extermination supported by the government. In 1995, wolves were re-introduced to Yellowstone National Park. The success of this introduction has led to advocates hoping to bring them to other areas, especially an area such as Rocky Mountain National Park with an overabundance of prey. The National Parks Service currently refuses to use wolves to control the elk population, citing safety concerns of nearby citizens and extra work for the park officials. However, reintroducing the wolves will restore the balance of nature in the area, and will be a more lasting solution to the overpopulation problem than forced extermination of the elk. The benefits of wolves outweigh the concerns. Wolves are the natural and best solution for the elk overpopulation.

Currently, the National Parks Service uses volunteers to kill the elk in order to thin the herd. However, many argue that this is the same as hunting, which is illegal under federal law. Introducing wolves to the area will be much more effective long term than hunting the elk, as hunting to cull the herd will eventually stop. When this hunting stops, the elk will overpopulate again. Tell the National Parks Service to reintroduce wolves to the area to prevent the overpopulation of elk.


Dear National Parks Service,

There is an overpopulation of elk in Rocky Mountain Natural Park. The elk are causing problems with overgrazing, which leads to a lack of food and shelter for animals in the area. The elk population clearly needs to be thinned so the natural balance in the park can be restored.

I ask you to reintroduce wolves to Rocky Mountain National Park. Wolves are the natural predator of the elk, and will restore the population to its natural state. The current solution of volunteers killing the elk will not be lasting or effective. This artificial extinction of the elk will lead to more problems with the population. Reintroduce wolves to the area to restore the natural balance to the wildlife.

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