Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Here we are, ‘crying wolf’ again


    I was reading the article “Ketchum to state: Don’t kill Blaine wolves,” and they sort of contradicted themselves. They say not to use shooting, trapping and flying with choppers to control the violence of the wolf. Then they stated that according to a Fish and Game employee, the elk herds are on the rise. It is a proven fact that guard dogs are no competition for the wolf. My cousin ran sheep in the Stanley area and wolves killed all of his guard dogs except one, as well as 17 head of sheep. The herder then shot into the pack to run them off.
    They tried sound boxes at the Broken Wings Ranch, where wolves were chasing a bunch of horses, trying to kill the colt. It snowed that night and at one of the boxes, a wolf cocked his leg and urinated on the box. The ranch foreman’s comment was, “It looked like it worked real good. It scared the pee out of them.” So your little homemade devices do not work against vicious predators like these wolves. The wolf does not have any conscience. They will pack up and kill anything in their way. It makes you kind of wonder about the love for animals and the conscience of some people.
    I read this in an article in the paper a few years back: “On Mother’s Day, I stumbled from my cabin, with my coffee cup and camera in my hand to go watch the wolves chase the elk. It wasn’t long before they showed up. As they chased the elk, one of the cows dove into the river.” Is this motherly love of life and animals? To sit drinking coffee and taking pictures of vicious predators killing elk’s babies by ripping out their guts and tearing off their legs, or the baby calves watching their mother being mutilated and ripped to shreds by these vicious predators?
    If this is what the wolf coalition is, I’m glad I’m not a member. These people were advised by a Canadian person that was at the site where the wolves were being loaded and asked the question, “Why are your people from the USA bringing these vicious predators to your country?” The wolf, wherever it is released, will kill off your wild game, destroy your domestic livestock and threaten people’s lives. These wolves came from country where wolves are vicious predators. They are shot and trapped, and it is the only way to keep them under control.
    I think I speak for the majority of native Idahoans—that our government actions, with their chopper control on wolf violence toward our livestock, is working. Idaho Fish and Game’s wolf hunting and trapping programs have been working quite well. And, was stated in the article, elk populations have increased somewhat. So maybe you should go back to your Walt Disney movies and leave the real parts of life to the people that understand them, instead of enjoying watching vicious predators maim and mutilate defenseless animals.

    John B. Kimball lives in Bellevue.

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