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KILL WOLVES OR HUNTERS? OR BOTH?

By Gary Bogue
Friday, July 13th, 2007 at 8:58 am in Uncategorized.

Surprise! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to make it easier for states to kill wolves.
Today is Friday the 13th. Apparently it’s a bad luck day for wolves, because isn’t the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) the same organization that operates the Wolf Recovery Program that is releasing those poor wolves back into the states so they can be killed? (An interesting use of U.S. tax dollars, isn’t it — helping to save lives so we can kill them?)

Word is the USFWS is bowing to political pressure by proposing to make it easier for some states to kill wolves to protect other wildlife.

By the way, that’s what predators do, you know. They kill other wildlife. (Yes, Virginia, wolves are predators. Interestingly enough, wolves are also “wildlife.”)

The USFWS says politics has nothing to do with it. (That’s a relief!)

The Associated Press reported that last week the USFWS published notice in the Federal Register saying it plans to let Wyoming, Montana and Idaho kill wolves if they can show they are a “major cause of elk and deer herds failing to meet state or tribal management goals.”

Those management goals have been set, some suspect, to increase the herds to an attractive size that will attract human hunters to come to their states to hunt elk and deer and spend lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of money.

And if that wasn’t enough, AP says the Wyoming attorney general said Monday that the state doesn’t believe the USFWS’s proposed changes go far enough in giving the state the ability to kill wolves that prey on other wildlife.

As I said above, isn’t that what wolves do to survive? Prey on other wildlife? What’s the point of having a wolf recovery program in the first place if you release the wolves back into the ecosystem and then not allow them to be predators and prey on other wildlife?

Are the wolves supposed to graze and eat grass, instead? Won’t this make the local ranchers get all upset and in a tizzy because the wolves are eating grass that was meant for their cattle?

Say … you don’t suppose those states DON’T want a wolf recovery program, do you? Naw, forget I ever said that.

AP says the Wyoming Attorney General also said it would be more efficient to let states kill those wolves when the number of calves in an elk herd in areas populated by wolves fall below critical levels. In other words, kill the wolves for just being there.

By the way, since there will also be human hunters in that area where those elk calves are falling below critical levels … hunters who are hunting those very same elk and deer … wouldn’t it be more efficient to let the states start killing off the hunters, too? (After they spend all their money, of course.)

I’ll bet that would stop the decline of those elk and deer herds in a New York minute.

There’s more about killing wolves and the politics that has nothing to do with it at http://www.defenders.org

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