Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wolves are not manís best friend

Natural selection is the name of this game. You don't see people whining when they issue hunts for deer, elk, bear, antelope or, God forbid, fishing. Wolves have been reintroduced into this area and now have overpopulated, and we need to contain them. How is this done, you ask? By a statewide licensed hunt that is very limited (only 25 allowed in our hunting area). We are not hunting all of them, only a few. Also, if you ask an avid hunter if the elk or deer population has increased, they will tell you no.

If people did a little more research on wolves, they would find out that they are a very aggressive creature. They will kill for fun, not food, and leave their kill behind.

There are a lot of people in this community who depend on their yearly hunts to fill their freezers with meat for their families. Hence again, natural selection. We are only doing what has been done since the beginning of time with all living species.

Now I don't know what happened with Wildlife Services at Flat Top Ranch, except what has been reported in the papers. But this is an example to the point I was making earlier about their fondness of killing. These wolves killed a calf. Was the calf eaten or hauled off to the den to be eaten? Was any part of it missing? Doesn't sound like it to me. They were killing to kill. Please tell me what other predator besides the wolverine does that?

As for the remarks I have heard lately about wolves being ancestors of our dogs, any dog that was that aggressive would also be shot.

Sherilyn Haskin


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