Saturday, July 6, 2013

Wolves: Brutal management, false facts

July 05, 2013
 
The wolf is politically managed in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Wisconsin and other states, not scientifically or compassionately, but by a set of minds that are wolf jihad-minded, who intend to marginalize the wolf and other predators in the mistaken belief that nature needs to be controlled by man instead of lived with in a sharing attitude. It is being managed by a set of minds that go forward in their brutal management rationalizing it by claiming basically two false facts

• Myth 1: That wolves are harming elk populations which are, to the contrary, up in the states mentioned and other states.

Elk populations are up 37 percent in Montana, from 89,000 before wolf re-introduction to more than 141,000 elk now, and elk populations are up in the Bitterroots contrary to popular beliefs (myths); and elk numbers have stabilized in Yellowstone at historic normal levels contrary to popular beliefs.

• Myth 2: The stock depredation by wolves in Montana is at 0.002 percent – 67 cattle in 2012, and it has been 67-80’s range.

Sheep depredation is 0.1 percent. So, the elk and stock depredation arguments are myths. What Fish, Wildlife and Parks is doing is farming elk, which the agency claims is 55 percent above desirable population. But the FWP and sportsmen and ranchers are of the same mindset, anti-predator and somewhat anti-wildlife unless it is a recreational killing opportunity.

Predators are something to control-manage-dominate, not something to live with, not part of balanced ecology, which reflects our heritage, our prevalent mindsets that live against the environment not with it.

Roger Hewitt, Great Falls

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