Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Hunting, yes. Trapping, no.

I read with interest Mr. Gaither's research related to wolf kills going back over 400 years (letters, Jan. 18). I wonder how much time Mr. Gaither spent researching bear kills over that same time period, or cougars, or lions, or rattlesnakes.

But aside from that fact, I was also wondering why Mr. Gaither didn't question the fact that none of these countries he referenced is using traps. One would think this would be a pretty good solution to what appears to be rampant killings by wolves of children.

What I really wonder about is the parenting skills of their parents. If wolves are such a violent threat in these communities, why push your child out the door to go play? One wonders. I suspect these regions are huge and historically bound to wolves and, more than likely, other predator creatures as well, as in Africa where lions abound. Kids in wild regions don't have playgrounds.

While the tragedy is not to be diminished, it has nothing to do with Idaho's ruling on allowing trapping here, in these woods, in these mountains, where dogs and people and horses traverse year-round and where parenting skills are apparently much better. If Mr. Gaither is so opposed to the presence of wolves, I suspect he probably carries a wolf hunting permit. So I am not sure what his complaint is; Idaho is not interfering with his right to hunt these animals. But I must say, I prefer the word "hunt" as opposed to "trap." You want them dead—go hunt them. You want them trapped—go to Russia and I suspect you will get a few kids in the bargain.

Judy McLean


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