In delisting wolves, the Rocky Mountain states have turned over the fate of wolves to the people who hysterically fear and loathe them. The populations are being leveled. Given that hunters are an ever declining minority- I can see this backfiring in a big way. They may be the oppressors now, but it won't always be that way. I just hope by then there is a diverisity of wildlife left and that we haven't made our wildlands into mere elk pastures where elk are just another kind of livestock.
Go ahead and call me a terrorist and an extremist, but I gave up eating pork and later all meat for just this reason. I'm much happier. Smithfield and The Farm Bureau, enjoy chewing on that instead. And try taking that to the bank!
If the feeding stops and elk decline to more natural levels- wolves will get the blame. If CWD breaks out and elk decline to more natural levels-wolves will get the blame. Get my drift? If anything at all changes about the elk population, wolves will get the blame.
I am just perplexed that if there are no elk left in the west fork, what are all those legions of wolves eating? pine cones? Something sounds very fishy about how many wolves there really are.
My answer? No, your chickens are not worth the life of bears. Bears, like all wildlife, belong to everyone and are held in public trust for all not just chicken owners. And as you said, you chose to live in THEIR world and then provided the set up so they must be killed. That is not right.
I am in New Mexico and live near the wolf recovery area here. You should hear the ranchers and outfitters decrying that wolves have eaten all the elk. The thing is there are only around 20 wolves in NM and everywhere I go, there are tons of elk. I mean tons. I don't hunt, but I think there are way too many for the land to support- they are like an invasive species. We need more wolves, fewer elk and that will mean more deer, more plant forage, more birds, more butterflies.
When I hear hunters say wolves have eaten all the elk, I just shake my head.
Excuse me, Defenders stopped paying for livestock losses when the Govt program was signed into law not because they expected the Govt to step in. But it did step in and while ranchers might have liked getting paid twice, that hardly makes sense. Ranchers pushed for the law proably thinking they would get paid more and for more questionable deaths.
And give me a break, human hunters almost always kill the big healthy bull elk. That isn't what wolves seek to the exclusion of all else. Look at the upper midwest: a stable, non-hunted, never extirpated wolf population that fluctuates naturally both up and down and there are still plenty of deer. Let the states manage wolves and we will see a return of wholesale slaughter so that wolves forever teeter on the brink of extinction a second time. We have learned so much more about how important wolves are to the whole scheme of things that just having token numbers is not enough. It is about much more than recovering wolves. It is about recovering an entire bioshpere! But human hunters can't seem to see beyond their own self-interest.
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