Thursday, April 19, 2012

Trapped in lies

Posted on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Thank you farmers, ranchers and sportsmen of Idaho who elected a governor with some balls: Butch Otter. Butch backed predator management controls to protect diminishing deer and elk herds. Idaho’s wolf control includes hunting, trapping and snaring by licensed, professionally trained trappers. Idaho’s wildlife management can be a model for the state of Montana. Thank you, Otter!

And thanks to animal rights activists for getting their way on the wolf recovery fiasco. Not only has wolf recovery cemented the solidarity of farm and ranch communities, but also the sportsmen’s groups that were once fragmented. We are now becoming one voice for managing healthy deer and elk herds.

I used to dislike wolves, but thanks to animal rights activists we will always be able to trap them. We also owe a big thanks to our little local anti-trapping group. Beware of their uncompromising stand on trapping and their unethical misinformation. They are trapped in their own lies, completely undermining their own credibility. This group ignores the fact that wolf recovery (as well as lynx, otter, fisher and swift fox) was accomplished with live-catch foothold traps “with no foot damage.”

A quote from L. David Mech, author of The Wolf: “If we carefully regulate wolf populations instead of overprotecting them, we can prevent a second wave of wolf hysteria, a backlash that could lead once again to persecution.” It’s a lesson for animal rights activists.

Bert Wustner


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