Thursday, September 27, 2012

Killing Wolves for Loss of Livestock is the Rancher's Fault.

September 26, 2012

Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor

Killing wolves for loss of domestic livestock

Government not responsible
I grew up with cattle and I've raised beef cattleon land shared with coyotes, and we've never lost a calf to any wild animal. Why? Because at calving time, we'd simply bring the cows closer to the house to protect them.

There is no excuse in this day and age to senselessly shoot wildlife to raise domestic animals [“State to kill 8 wolves tied to loss of livestock,” NW Saturday, Sept. 22].

This rancher who irresponsibly lost so many calves to gray wolves is using public land — that is, our land where these wolves have slowly been brought back from the brink of extinction. Yet he is blaming the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for not protecting his cattle and forcing them to kill an entire pack of wolves. This rancher feels not only entitled to public lands — an on-going scandal — but also to government resources to protect his herd.

Sounds likeone of Romney's entitled 47 percent to me.

Elizabeth Vandeventer, Vashon