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Published on October 5, 2012 3:01AM

Last changed on November 2, 2012 9:18AM

Wolf policy violates our rights

Private property is not a playground for government's environmental engineering policies.

When the government forces private property owners to harbor wolves, the government is forcing citizens to violate the "dangerous wild animal" laws. In Washington, the law is RCW 16.30.

If the government wishes to turn public lands into wildlife sanctuaries, then it is the government's responsibility to keep their predators off of the private property of the citizens.

If the government fails in this responsibility, then the citizen has the right to protect his or her private property from a potentially dangerous wild animal. The government's interference in this right is unconstitutional.

The wolves that are chasing wildlife and people out of the high country of the U.S. are exotic animals imported from Canada.

These wolves are not endangered. There are over 50,000 gray wolves in Canada. A species is not endangered simply because it does not live in certain areas of the globe.

Throughout history people have killed wolves because wolves are dangerous. We have a natural right to defend ourselves. The government is violating this right. Why? Do they want to drive people out of the rural areas?

Certainly the introduction of Canadian wolves into this country has driven down property values in affected areas. This damaging of private property without just compensation is unconstitutional.

The government's wolf policy, which violates our constitutional rights, our property rights, and forces us to harbor a dangerous animal in violation of law, is yet another example of a government that is controlled by the corporate billionaires.

Until the representatives are dependent on the people alone (James Madison, Federalist Paper No. 52), the citizens will remain unrepresented in government.

When the people do not have representation in government, then liberty is lost.

Roger Whitten

Deer Park, Wash.


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