We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
And we no longer live out in the woods where you encounter wild wolves, wolves that are too skittish to go into towns and cities.
They're starting to make a come back in Europe, no reports of them killing people. Just farmers complaining that they're afraid the wolves will go after their herds, and demanding subsidies to counter that when it's apparently not happening as a wolf attack on lifestock'd be national news.
The outcome of reintroducing wolves is unpredictable. An example is the Eastern coyote. It is a hybrid animal. It is about 5/8 Western coyote, 2/8 Canadian wolf, and 1/8 dog. Note the 2/8 wolf part. While wolves often kill and eat coyotes they encounter, there are/were obvious exceptions. It is entirely possible that there would be further hybridizations between wolves, dogs, and Eastern coyotes. Eastern coyotes are already much larger than their western cousins, and adaptable to humans. How would you like an 80-90 pound "coyote" in your back yard?
Wolves of themselves are neither good nor bad. The problem with wolves arises when they become wards of the government. Read the history of wolf re-introduction into Yellowstone. Same issues in the Great Lake states--MN, WI, and MI. Those re-introduction efforts and the regulations that accompany the re-introduction hurt or limit any other use under the guise of "protecting the wolf". Currently, CO is contemplating the re-introduction issue and the voters in 2020 narrowly approved a measure to re-introduce. If the state moves forward it will limit access to areas deemed wolf habitat and cost a fortune.
Deer population in the modern age is kept in check by hunting. I don't know what the hunting seasons are like up there or how expensive the tags or limits. Hunting is the answer, not wolves. But good luck. Like what just happened in Colorado, all the urbanites voted for wolves,.. all the rural counties overwhelmingly against. Nice, eh?
In a non-expert opinion, if places like Connecticut eased hunting restrictions a bit, deer populations would be manageable, and hunters would pay most if not all of the costs associated with managing the population. Maine is a good example of this. Bigger state, yes, more rural, yes, but introducing wolves to manage deer populations is killing a cockroach with a sledge hammer. Dumb. In the NE, they would be an apex predator - we know what that means, correct?
I seem to remember an attempt way back when to reintroduce red wolves into the southeast. Didn't work. They've tried it with bald eagles and fox squirrels as well. Never worked. Meanwhile, there are ospreys on Lake Lanier now because some hero dropped a bunch of seagulls off in north Georgia a while ago.
According to a 2019 Charleston Post and Courier article, there were 14 red wolves in SC. I couldn't find any information more up to date with a quick search and don't have time for a more extensive one. https://www.postandcourier.com/news/only-14-red-wolves-remain-in-sc-wild-and-us-agency-wont-say-what-theyre/article_86e4b19c-ef61-11e9-a3bf-bbe391f97381.html