Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wolves hold no special place


The trapping and killing of wolves in Lolo may not make sense to Jack Lauer in his March 30 letter ("Strategy on wolves makes no sense"), but I'm guessing that he is neither a field biologist nor a professional wildlife manager. If I'm correct in this assumption, then his opinion on this matter, matters not. I don't ask my favorite chef for stock tips or medical advice. I'm not interested in Mr. Lauer's opinion about balancing predation on elk herds in Lolo. We should let scientist and field professionals do their job, because they tend to use this stuff called "data."

In fact, what frustrates me most about opinions on this issue is the fact-free emotionality of them. We reintroduced wolves and now they need to be managed just like deer, elk, lions, bears, etc., ad infinitum. The idea that wolves should occupy a special category just baffles me.

Some people may not like it, but because we are the hyper-dominant species in the region, and have upset our ecosystem to such a great extent, we've put ourselves into the position of having to manage it. The alternative is to euthanize ourselves (you first, please) and let things find a more ideal equilibrium. In the meantime, please feel free to take pictures.

Mark Farris

Ketchum




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