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Letter: Wolf activists waste time, money

These wolf activists probably wouldn’t rustle a cow, or shoot one out in a pasture, but what they are doing is stealing millions of public dollars for their misdirected cause — dollars that could be better spent elsewhere.

Published on January 2, 2018 4:16PM


Wolf activists are out of their freaking minds. It’s time some politically incorrect person came right out and publicly said that. Wolves are not endangered. There are plenty in Canada, from whence some of the re-introduced animals came.

These activists probably wouldn’t rustle a cow, or shoot one out in a pasture, but what they are doing is stealing millions of public dollars for their misdirected cause — dollars that could be better spent elsewhere.

Their followers are likely urbanites caught up in the romance of wolves and who don’t really understand the whole picture. None of these wolf lovers are apt to ever see a wolf in the wild.

Besides just being caught up in the romance of wolves, the activists could have other agendas, such as being vegetarian, anti-gun, anti-hunting, anti-grazing on public lands. They might argue that wolves were here first. So what? Would they want to follow the lemmings over a cliff so the Indians could live in teepees and ride their ponies after buffalo for survival? It’s not just Indians that treasure that romantic past, but I doubt many of today’s Indians would give up their smart phones for the old ways.

The activists don’t tell their followers about the brutality involved in a pack of wolves taking down an elk or deer. More savage than a hunter shooting similar game. They just shrug it off as “nature’s way.”

The one place wolves possibly make sense, and where they exist, is in Yellowstone National Park where wolves can help maintain some balance of nature where hunting is not permitted. I’ve personally watched a coyote outmaneuver a doe and run off with her fawn. I can imagine the number of fawns and elk calves that wolves kill that we don’t hear about — that hunters could eventually harvest. Let’s let the ranchers and hunters take care of the wolves as they do coyotes.

I’ve had these thoughts since the push for reintroduction began. The story in the Dec. 29 Capital Press pushed me over the edge. “Holy elk excrement,” I thought when I saw how much is being paid to a facilitator to try to make everybody happy about the wolf situation. And that’s just part of the cost. All the money being spent on the program is wasted. It’s not going to work.

Most of the Fish and Wildlife people probably agree with me, but for political reasons (funding of their departments) they’ve tried to straddle the fence. Unfortunately, many groups (BLM, Forest Service, Fish & Wildlife) are being infiltrated by employees more interested in protecting wildlife than managing it as a useful resource.

In the world of physics, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. It’s the same in politics — for every seemingly reasonable opinion, there is an equal and opposite opinion. Except when it comes to wolves. I’m right.

Don Leighton

Monmouth, Ore.



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