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The wolf wars continue, flip-flopping between being listed on the endangered species list and being delisted. The latest flip was wolves being listed again last week by newly-inaugurated President Barack Obama.

So it goes with hot-button endangered species. Recovery from endangered species status is in the eye of the beholder. Target numbers don’t matter much. Distribution doesn’t matter either. It’s what’s allowed by politicians, the courts and a seemingly endless string of lawyers.

Montana was poised among other states, set to manage the species including allowing hunting to achieve management goals. This week’s GazOutdoors.com poll question asks simply, “Do you think states will ever be allowed to manage wolves by hunting?”

In last week’s poll, the voters have spoken. When asked, “Are you the type who would join Ron Lodders on a New Year’s Day kayak paddle down the Yellowstone River ?,” 61 percent said no way, this is just plain crazy. A total of 25 percent said they’d join him every year, while a sane 14 percent would have to look at the weather first.

Count me among the 61 percent. Icy, mid-winter rivers and air temperatures down to six-below-zero aren’t exactly my idea of recreational fun. – Mark Henckel, Gazette Outdoors Editor.

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