Property rights threatened by wolf activists

A rancher responds to letter writer about wolves.

It’s taken extra time to respond to the readers from New York and Kentucky whose letters appeared Feb. 28, in a continuing discussion about Canadian Gray wolves in Oregon. Extra time was needed to work through a gamut of emotions before a printable response could be presented.

My first reaction, upon reading yet another pro-wolf-chant-the-mantra by those who have absolutely no personal stake or experience with wolves on private property beyond that of “existence value” was one of utter exasperation.

The Oregon Wolf Conservation & Management Plan, page 102, defines existence value as “the benefit that people gain from knowing that something exists, even in cases where they may never visit and benefit directly.” To expand this into a truly accurate statement regarding wolves we should also add, “and in cases where they may never be harmed directly.”

They seem to refuse to break the mold of repeating half-truth statistics, tossing out thinly veiled insults and insinuations of ranchers’ mismanagement of the land they earn a living from, all the while clinging to their belief that nature, at least nature in everyone else’s backyard, is spinning wildly out of balance. It is a balance their doctrine demands to be blindly accepted over the value of reality. Exasperating.

However, tending to be one who looks for the silver lining in the storm clouds of life, I found a reason to feel gratitude. I am grateful because the two responses perfectly proved my shared viewpoints.

One being the wolf promoters rely on the strategy of repeating a lie often enough in hopes the lie(s) will someday be believed by others than themselves.

The other point, something the animal-activists rarely admit to, especially in print: private property rights and personal rights do not exist. There is “really no such thing” as private property rights!

Thank you for stating what has been suspected to be the driving force behind the animal activist movement all along: the destruction of the use of natural resources, including those resources on private property.

Remember the northern spotted owl vs. the timber industry?

The Canadian gray wolf happens to be the current, starring poster-animal trotted out to further their agenda, while the sage grouse debacle is poised in the wings. The list is never-ending.

Finally, for those who are teachable, the education in Oregon Wolf Education is a mixture of enlightening people to the true nature of wolves, while also trying to open people’s eyes to the two-legged wolves walking among us.

Kerry Tienhaara

Oregon Wolf Education

Joseph, Ore.



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