It appears that many ranchers refuse to use non-lethal means because of their undying belief that they should not have to work so hard to do so. They have a long lasting hate for the species and do no want any kind of threat to their livelyhood. That is understandable, but what about other predators in Idaho that prey on livestock. They must learn to coexist and to deter them from their livestock, not just use lethal means to kill all that attempt to prey on them. If they refuse to attempt to use non lethal means, they should not be re-reimbursed for their loss. Predators are important to our wild environment, we need to learn to preserve them, not continue to persecute them. People who live there claim we do not understand what it is like to live with wolves. Maybe not, and they are determined to not give any of us the chance by eliminating them in this country once again and that is wrong. Many in my home state of Colorado want wolves, and I support this effort. Bring wolves back to our beautiful country, and if some ranchers can't handle that, perhaps they should do something else for a living. Let's be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem. Many of these problem ranchers are known to leave carcasses and other careless attempts to justify their killing of wolves, they should not be allowed to ranch. It is obvious that the ranchers are influencing people in their state to allow this killing to continue. It is a shame that cattle have become so important in this country. More important than most native species of this country; including our beloved bison and personally I will never stop thinking that is just wrong! I don't support cattle ranching because of the negative effects it has on our environment and this is just one example of those negative effects. Thank you for you efforts regarding our wolves.
Lynn, I loved your description of American Ranchers as "Corporate Welfare barons", it is true. It is a Gross disgusting industry that tramples our public lands, pollutes our waters and poisons our air with more CO2 gasses than motorized vehicles. Receives bucko subsidies and they still constantly whine about needing more more more! I don't know who Arthur is referring to when he claims Americans need cows, because I and many others definately do not. Cattle ranching is threatening many species including our beloved native horses, burros, sage grouse, wolves, prarie dogs and the list goes on and will continue to until Americans stand up and say enough!. I find it interesting when people who destroy our country with their carelessness and greed aren't looked upon as extreme or nutso just people who want to preserve it.
Why should we allow economics to determine land use? If we allow big business to come in and remove all native species in the nation we will have nothing left. They want all the land these creatures live on for their own selfish reasons. lets reserve something for these species and tell big oil and ranchers to go drill and graze elsewhere! or nowhere! There is a thing called a land ethic and it assumes that we are responsible not only to other individuals and society, but also to the total environment. This larger community consists of plants, animals, soil, rock, atmosphere, and water. According to this ethic, we are the land's citizens and protectors, not its conquerors.
I personally see two problems with wolves being introduced back into northern and western states. 1. Ranchers 2. Hunters. A very small group of individuals with powerful money driven organizations behind them, the NRA, The cattlemans assoc, the rocky mountain elk assoc, etc. Making a big stink about how their rights are being infringed upon again and again....This is very sad! wolves were driven off there native land by man, for his own use. Now the ecological balance of this park and other areas like my state of colorado are threatened by mans need to control everything! He alone wants to be apex predator. These are the kind of people who brush off scientific data for hatred and fear. Ranchers bark at me and say, "why should I have to accomodate wolves? my family has had this ranch for 100 years." shouldnt we all have some level of tollerance for other living things? shouldnt we all have respect that every living creature has a right to live and thrive; and that one is not more important than the other. Because I can tell you one fact, a bovine has no importance in an ecological system. They shit and burp constantly, trample public lands and over graze them while polluting public waterways! But that my racher friend is completely acceptable because it is a cash cow slaughter operation going to the feed the nation! yay! keep your Beef, Ill take wolves, Bison, wild horses and burros any day of the century.
Trapping is very wrong, in every way and should be completely outlawed as inhumane and torturous to any animal! Coyotes are not dangerous animals, humans are! Hunters and trappers along with so called wildlife officers who are payed to protect wildlife and look out for their safety because Humans are a danger to them! Dogs killing and tormenting trapped wolves or coyotes should not be allowed or tolerated! Lets all work together to change this!
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