To this day most conservation efforts are funded in whole or in part either by sporting groups, or through taxes they imposed upon themselves through the Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937. Sportsmen invented the concept of conservation and ethics of wildlife management; those tenets are called the "Seven Sisters of Conservation" - the North American Wildlife Conservation Model. And that conservation also includes conservation of predators - including apex predators. Most wetland preservation in the US can be directly attributed to waterfowlers.
The laws they are passing left and right in my state is enough to make your head spin. From mining sulfide ore with limited accountability to ground water (we are talking Lake Superior aquifer) to hunting wolves with coon hounds and dog training on wolves in March.
If you know anything about wolves you know the females are beginning to den and are heavily pregnant in March. So do you still think they want to conserve our only apex predator? They have already killed nearly a third of the population. They have not been a huge threat to farmers here there are so few. What they are a threat to is bear hunting dogs and now they will allow those very same dogs to hunt them. See illogical. Except that bear dogs carry a $2500 dollar price tag for depredation which will not be lifted even if they are used to hunt wolves.
MT recently wrote into law no buffer zones for Yellowstones wolves. Wyoming can kill them on site any time year. S.Dakota has classified them a vermin even though they have no population. Not much science going on there. And Utah takes the cake, the Sportsman for Fish and Wildlife were recently given $300K of tax payer dollar exclusively for their anti wolf campaign.