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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