Blood Does Not Buy Goodwill

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These findings offer the first quantitative evidence that government authorization of any legal killing of wolves appears to increase illegal killing. The study looked at wolves in Wisconsin and Michigan, states where the animals have at different times been placed under federal protection, removed from the endangered species list or relisted after court challenges. Researchers found that poaching increased, suggesting that “liberalizing wolf culling may have sent a negative message about the value of wolves or that poaching prohibitions would not be enforced.”

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