Friday, March 30, 2012

Strategy on wolves makes no sense


Statements made by federal officials in an Associated Press story ("Federal Agents shoot 14 wolves") in the Feb. 29 edition are totally confusing, to say the very least.

The story reads that the state spent $22,500 of tax money to kill 14 wolves from helicopters in north-central Idaho. The article then states that "biologists said the biggest problem for Lolo elk herds was a long-term change in habitat." It also states that "state officials also blame growing numbers of bears and mountain lions." Hunters and wildlife officials have also recently killed 42 additional wolves in the same area.

As is usual in this backward state, they are treating the problem with their known hatred of wolves rather than trying to rectify the real problem. They ignore their own facts and keep on killing wolves.

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Two non-debatable and indisputable facts exist that are simply ignored in their zest to kill wolves. For thousands of years, predators such as bears, wolves, mountain lions, coyotes, etc. have lived side by side with wildlife until the white man arrived in the area with his (joking) infinite knowledge. Nature kept an even balance. Millions, yes millions, of head of buffalo, elk, deer, antelope, etc. lived most everywhere in the West, along with black bears, grizzly bears, wolves, coyotes, eagles and mountain lions.

I personally don't consider killing a defenseless and helpless animal of any kind, with a trap or high-powered rifle and scope at hundreds of yards, as sportsmanlike in any sense of the word. I would much rather have photographs, taken myself with a camera, hanging in my house than a decaying rack of something dead. The photo is of something alive and magnificent. But again, that is just me, and I am a born-and-raised Idaho native and resident.

Jack Lauer

Hailey




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