Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Who was here first?

In his vitriolic diatribe against those of us who would like to save Idaho's wild wolves, Morgan Thomas states: "The tree-huggers who snivel about the upcoming season for hunting (wolves) have no one to blame but themselves. They are the ones who started the whole problem."

Au contraire, Mr. Thomas, the ones that started the whole problem are the same ones you want to save Idaho's wild lands for, namely: "the mountain bikers, the horsemen, the hikers, the backcountry skiers, the snow-machiners, the miners, the fishermen, the hunters, etc."

Did it not occur to you that the wolves and their natural prey were here long before the "aforementioned"? While we can't turn back the clock and return the habitat we usurped from these wild creatures, we can preserve the existing wilderness and try to keep it as natural and pristine as it was before the "aforementioned" came and started to ruin it, so that, maybe, our grandchildren could have some of the same experiences that their forefathers had when they first discovered this wonderful territory. Now I'm going to go out and hug a tree because, yes, I love trees too.

Bill Mirams


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