Comments on my opinion piece, which has appeared in a number of regional newspapers as well as High Country News, have reinforced my experience that people on both sides of the issue are reluctant to admit there might be some middle ground that encompasses stewardship of both the land and the humans who live on it.
This book should be required reading for all high school and college students. It's an eye-opener.
This load was not using the same route as the oil-sands equipment shipments. I have had good luck with those loads so far. There was truly no place where this load could have pulled off the highway, but the driver could have easily stopped five different times, and let me use the turnout to get around the load. I discussed this with the company CEO, so I hope his drivers will get the message.
To Pronghorn: This wasn't meant to be an investigative piece -- just an opinion. You're right that Wildlife Services kills many coyotes, just as wolves were once killed by government predator control specialists, but most ranchers I know don't bother to call WS, they just plink away with their .22 rifles, and I don't recall seeing any "save the coyotes" campaigns.
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