Disturbing news in the paper this morning. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has met in closed-door session with Western-state governors for the purpose of de-listing wolves from the Endangered Species Act and permitting them to be hunted. Populations have apparently increased to approximately 2,000, well over the original goal of 300 individuals. The specter of having wolves managed and controlled by individual states is unsettling. In Colorado hunting season has just ended. We have beheaded elk carcasses left to rot in campgrounds and along roads. This isn’t management, it’s carnage: human predation in all its ugliness.
Wolves must not be hunted by those who hate and vilify them. Nor must hunting standards be enacted by those subject to the control of those who hate. Controlling wolf populations, if necessary, must be a balanced, flexible, carefully and frequently examined program carried out by those who love wolves and can’t live fully without them.
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Good, I’m glad to see you getting wrought up. I think threats to livestock are more fear than reality, and we have a compensation program in effect, too. I don’t know if it’s adequate or not. I also feel humans are the real threat, get very depressed about this, try to manage. Poetry is my only action to date. Best to you, Pen
Sorry, getting very wrought up here, Monica, but why do they want to do this?.. Are livestock under threat? or attacks been made by wolves on humans?.. or is it just a knee jerk reaction to say that ‘oh my the population is rising, we must cull’… IF it’s the latter, then I think they should turn their minds to the fact that one type of animal is overrunning the planet, destroying the ozone layer, destroying the rain forests, pillaging the Earth , but culling does not seem to come to mind, I wonder why?… Because it’s in-human, and so to my mind is this sort of decision made by self serving officials, and not the people who care .
disturbing news indeed , and the thought that man, who hunts for pleasure, thinks to cull this wonderful, misunderstood animal again is beyond belief… I have no love of hunters, (the two legged kind) I think it’s way past time the slaughter was ended for all kinds of animals, (Fox’s in England included, the stupidity and cruelty of Hunting by fox hounds and horses saddens me.) …BUT no, it seems that guns must be used mustn’t they?… The right to kill I have never understood, and never will. Shoot photo’s not guns I say.., Surely the thrill of a ‘captured’ picture is worth more than bloodshed?… I do hope this closed door session sees sense, and doesn’t repeal the
decision to to keep Wolves on the Endangered Species Listing…
Thank you, Androgoth. You are a person of many blessings.
The best thing is never to say never… One day your dream of having a wolf howling from your mountain cabin could quite easily be fulfilled and I do hope that this is sooner rather than later…
Be well my great friend Monica…
Hi Androgoth, Thank you so much for your comments. We have a love-hate relationship with wolves — little red riding hood and so forth. In the American West there are also land-use pressures, as in “don’t feed on my livestock or I will demonize and exterminate you”. We hunt from planes and snowmobiles. I was hoping someday to hear the howl of wolves from our mountain cabin. Now I don’t know. Best – Monica
Yes Monica there does seem to be a misunderstood element within Governments around the Globe in the unclear thinking that these changes are for the better, they are not and as you point out, the inhumane culling of such fine animals as the wolf, as with other wild animals it is just not acceptable.
These people make one extremely annoyed with how an animals life is taken without first thinking of a better solution. Thank you for highlighting this very important information within your posting, I do hope that these drastic measures can be reversed as there has got to be a more positive answer towards the growing numbers of wolves, after all the Endangered Species Act is set in place to protect these animals, and so what positivity can be found from changing the rules as and when these people see fit? This gross act of inhumanity has got to be wrong and needs to be stopped before it is too late to act upon it…