Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Kill wolves, lose money

Once again our family is driving through Idaho without stopping, or spending any money—except to mail this letter. It's unusual and unfortunate, as we've made a regular practice of visiting Idaho, typically several times each year.

We've come to know and enjoy both the outdoor beauty of your state as well as the company of many fine Idaho residents. The reason for this reluctant change is your governor's avowed and shrill intent to shoot wolves from airplanes. I won't go into the reasons why this is scientifically and ecologically wrong—that's well documented. Certainly, it's the right of Idaho residents to support and elect who they wish. But it's the right of potential visitors to decide where they wish to spend their money. For those not taken with dark fairy tale conceptions of wolves, we'll spend our tourism dollars in other states with a more enl1ghtened conception of wildlife conservation, such as Montana.

I know others are doing the same, and I suspect more will join our example. Should your Governor Butch and his pals open fire, we'll reluctantly but firmly expand our financial display of displeasure to other areas of the Idaho economy. I hope that's not necessary.

Brian Godfrey

Sammamish, Wash.

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