Thursday, June 16, 2011

The big bad wolf

Posted on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 4:00 AM

The environmentalists have worked for decades claiming to save certain species, but to the destruction of others. The wolf is the most prominent player in this charade. Deliberate reintroduction of the wolf followed by its over-protection has assured the destruction of the many species upon which these predators feed, key among them being elk, deer, and moose. In western states these have become truly endangered species along with domestic livestock. Meanwhile what is left of the wildlife flees, migrating to other regions, unfortunately likely followed by the wolves. We even see victim animals moving in with human populations basically for protection and survival. A recent example photo was of a mother moose with her newborn calf at the front doorstep of a home in town. Remaining elk have started gathering into massive herds for protection and better chances of survival. Moose are simply disappearing. Trained herd dogs now trigger stampedes rather than gentle management of cattle.

Climate change promoters are delighted to use these very complex phenomena as phony proof that, yes indeed, climate change is causing extensive changes in rural America. This, while conveniently ignoring the fact that very explainable behavior modification is occurring to adjust to rising numbers of predators. Wolves have upset the balance of nature, not climate change. And unfortunately the environmentalist organizations, the judges, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife know it. It is all, including the climate change concept, in accordance with a well-developed, carefully thought-out plan along with the Wildlands Project that has been in process of implementation for years.

Meanwhile, people who have their land locked up in conservation easements also suffer the consequences. Ranchers cannot survive this level of livestock loss, but find themselves unable to sell off their property as their conservation easement contract locks the land into livestock production and it cannot be subdivided. The ranch has thus been rendered useless with no prospective buyers willing to assume taxes and maintenance of a non-productive “wildlife preserve,” especially if only wolves will inhabit it.

The dominos are now rapidly falling for private property rights, prosperity, and rural America as we have known it. We will only be left with pleasant memories of farm and ranch life, cowboys riding herd on cattle, and farmers tending new crops of little calves, colts, and chickens. When American food production is eliminated from the landscape, the economic stability of the entire country will also be in jeopardy. Gone also will be the flocks of happy tourists arriving to enjoy beautiful mountain vistas for hiking, hunting, and fishing. They will remain captive in the congestion of concrete cities unless they’re willing to come armed to risk vacations in the wilds of the open spaces and to snuggle into their sleeping bags with firearms at their sides.

Clarice Fiala Ryan

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