Humans have had a very contentious history with wolves and attitudes have varied from hatred to strong protection. It is unclear why the wolf generates such strong emotions. Since the wolf was protected under the Endangered Species Act in the early 1970s, wolf protection has been on the upswing. But, in the last decade, antipathy to wolves has again begun dominant as the wolf population in the lower 48 states reached 7,000. In the last few years, attitudes to wolves have trended negative and state authorities have instituted policies to hunt wolves and reduce the wolf populations.
Rowan, Andrew N.
"The Wolf Pendulum in the United States,"
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