In January 1995, 14 grey wolves were imported from Canada and released into Yellowstone National Park. An additional four wolves were introduced into Idaho’s Frank Church Wilderness and eleven more along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.
In 1996, 20 more wolves were released into the Frank Church Wilderness area. Over the last two and a half decades grey wolf populations have exploded rapidly across our western states, (and also in the Great Lakes Region), prompting the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to seek a complete delisting of wolves from the threatened and endangered species list.
The numbers have increased so rapidly in fact, that in 2010 the Federal government spent $4,566,000.00 to remove a total of 307 “problem” wolves that were habitually preying on livestock in the Rocky Mountain Region alone. That equates to about $15,000.00 of tax payer money spent for killing each “problem” wolf.  The staggering cost of reintroducing and then managing these large predators has been compounded by recent legislation mandating that taxpayers pick up the cost of reimbursing ranchers and sheepherders for livestock losses.
Wolf reintroductions and population growth is not limited to our northern or western states. Wolf advocates are actively seeking to expand wolf range across 100% of their former territory. Wolf proponents forced the USFWS to change it’s “Final Rule” de-listing wolves from the endangered species list in the Great Lakes region until USFWS agreed to consider 29 eastern states separately at a later date. 
The map below is a compilation of four maps dating back to the 1500’s representing wolf habitat in the contiguous United States. The dark area represents territory where all four maps are in agreement as to the historic extent of grey wolf range. The lighter shades of grey indicate where only one to three maps are in agreement. 
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has already identified Adirondack State Park and two areas in New England as possible recovery areas. There are at present, two initiatives underway to safeguard a wolf corridor between Algonquin Park in Ontario and Adirondack Park.
In July, 2010, the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the Obama administration for a national recovery plan that would establish wolf populations in the Pacific Northwest, California, Great Basin, southern Rocky Mountains, Great Plains and New England.
Introduction of the Red Wolf (a smaller subspecies) began in 1987 in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (ARNWR) in northeastern North Carolina. As of July 2012, an estimated 700 red wolf pups have been born in the wild in North Carolina.
Captive reared Mexican grey wolves were released into Arizona and New Mexico in 1998. Recent Rocky Mountain Elk introductions in Kentucky, Missouri, Virginia and Tennessee are a precursor for later wolf reintroductions into those states as well.
Keep in mind that wolves often remain a Federally protected species long after they have “successfully” repopulated an area and have begun to have severe negative impacts on ranchers and farmers. For example, here is what an individual may NOT do in Arizona and New Mexico:
You May Not Legally:
• Kill or injure a wolf just because it is
near you or your property.
• Kill or injure a wolf that attacks your
pet (including working and hunting
dogs), regardless of land ownership
(private, public, tribal).
• Kill or injure a wolf that is in the act of
killing, wounding, or biting your cattle,
sheep, horses, mules, or burros on
public land without a U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service permit.
• Kill or injure a wolf that is feeding on a
livestock carcass (you cannot assume
the wolf killed it because wolves will
feed on carrion).
• Violate official closures around occupied
release pens, active dens, and
• Shoot a wolf because you thought it was
a coyote or something else (you are
responsible for identifying your target
• Attempt to do any of the above actions
or solicit someone else to do them.
Violators of the above “rules” are subject to criminal prosecution, imprisonment for up to one year, and fines up to $75,000.00.
American taxpayers should know that contrary to environmentalist propaganda, wolves were never a threatened or endangered species. The global population of wolves has been stable for over a century and covers a wide range. Current estimates of the total wolf population place the figure at nearly a million and growing. For this reason, gray wolves are officially classified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as a species of “least concern.” 
Wolf numbers are increasing rapidly around the world as they re-populate ranges where they were formerly expatriated from. Wolves are causing severe financial problems for sheep herders and ranchers not just in the United States, but also in Norway, Sweden, Spain, Italy, France and Germany. One rancher, just north of Spokane, Washington, has estimated wolf depradation has cost him $100,000.00 in cattle and calf losses this year alone.  Such loses are financially unsustainable and pose a severe risk to the nation’s food supply.
Here in the U.S., planning is already underway for the re-introduction of additional large predators. In 2012, the USFWS announced the initial stages of a jaguar recovery plan with the goal of establishing viable populations of the big cats as far north as the Grand Canyon. The Obama administration has already announced, “that it will protect the endangered jaguar’s prime habitat and develop a jaguar recovery plan.” 
Successful “rewilding” of the planet depends on eliminating capitalism and substantially reducing the global human population. The widespread reintroduction of top tier predators (“keystone” species) that directly compete with, (and will ultimately displace) humans, is the tip of the spear. 
 Omnibus Public Lands Bill -Public Law 111-11
 California Fish and Game 93(4):224-227