September 11th, 2011 22:37 EST
Obama's Plan To Save The Wolves Goes To The Dogs
While this situation totally breaks my heart, the article, A Simple Idea: Tell Obama to Protect Wolves on National Forests is factually wrong. I have enclosed the state of Wyoming`s draft proposal for your consideration.
Their rationale for maintaining the population at the numbers they are proposing is as follows:
1- Protect cattle ranching (which is Wyoming`s main economic outlet.)
2- Prevent wolf populations from being unsustainable, thus causing problems such as starvation, conflict with humans and disease.
3- Preventing excessive predation of wild ungulates.
There is a very detailed explanation on monitoring programs in this proposal.
It absolutely sucks to have to kill such a beautiful animal. Sadly, unmanaged populations of any animal can be devastating to the very animals no-kill/anti-hunting policies are trying to protect. For example, this is why deer in Minnesota are gigantic in comparison with the tiny and starving dog-like deer you see in the east coast. This is why problems with sentimentalized invasive exotic species like wild horses exists.
Unfortunately, unlike horses, wolves aren`t exactly adoptable.
It`s really a no-win situation no matter how you look at it. The only reasonable solution is for the Federal government to declare more land as protected National Park, but that`s easier said than done.
By Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz