I just read the introductory page properly for the first time;
There were once at least thirty different subspecies of wolf. Most have become extinct. About five subspecies survive today.
BS. According to Wilson and Reader's 3rd edition of Mammal Species of the World (2005), there are currently 37.
a few still live in eastern Europe, India, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Middle East.
A few? That's an understatement.
From "Wolves: Behaviour, ecology and Conservation" (2005)
According to this, all E.European wolf populations, save for those of Estonia and Bosnia are increasing.
Do the math, added to the fact that none are decreasing. From the way the author of the homepage wrote, one could almost be forgiven for thinking that the mentioned places had no hope whatsoever of rehabilitating wolves.
No one knows how many survive in Russia and China.
Rubbish. See above. China is cause for concern, but Russia's wolf population, hunted or not, is among the world's largest.
Most wolves in North America are found in Alaska and Canada and hunters, from whom most of our knowledge of this shy creature comes from, say they are now almost impossible to find...
Of course they're difficult to find. Wolves are notoriously difficult to track. However, if the author intended to mean that American wolves are fast becoming extinct then...
I really fail to see what there is to despair about. There are no decreasing wolf populations, and the only places where it is legal to hunt them are in areas where they number in four unit figures, and are classified as stable/increasing.
There is now a growing band of us, who came to the African bush with all our prejudices, with all that 'common knowledge' about hyenas which proved so totally wrong, and who just fell for the spell of animals which were so totally different- Hans Kruuk