Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pertinent Letters to the Editors re: Wolf Management

Feds not doing the job of Mexican wolf recovery 

Published Sep 12 2014
Thank you, Salt Lake Tribune, for your article, ("Should Mexican Wolves roam Utah?" Sept. 10).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a sham. This agency has done little for America’s wolf recovery. Instead of protecting and encouraging acceptance of America’s wolves, they sit idle while wolves are slaughtered. Recently they’ve proposed the delisting of America’s gray wolves. (Mexican grays are excluded, for now.)
FWS permits the extermination of wolves based on speculation. Relocating a wolf because it crosses a boundary line disrupts the formation of new packs and the expansion of suitable territory.
Reintroduced 15 years ago, the Mexican Grays continue to struggle with 3 breeding pairs. Births are limited. Grays are waiting for release while FWS stalls, wasting time and taxpayer funds. The delay causes inbreeding and weakens the genetic pool, reducing the Mexican grays’ survival if released.
Instead of encouraging wolf recovery, the FWS submits to pressure from special interests, neglecting their obligation to the majority of taxpayers.
As taxpayers we deserve a return on our investment in wolf recovery .
A full congressional investigation is warranted into this slacking agency. They need to be accountable for their lack of wolf recovery and wasting of taxpayers’ funds.
Irene Sette
New Milford, N.J.


September 12, 2014 in Letters, Opinion

Mismanaging wolves

I am writing to express my sadness and disappointment over the fact that the state of Washington seems to be following in Idaho’s footsteps relative to wolf (mis)management. It appears that the alpha female of the Huckleberry Pack was killed during a rather secretive assault before nonlethal measures had been fully implemented.

Removing the alpha female from the pack was possibly the worst thing that could have been done if reducing depredations on livestock were the goal. Now that pack is leaderless and will not have guidance on where, how and what to prey upon.

Too many state wildlife management agencies in too many Western states seem to be catering far too much to the self-interests of livestock operators and not enough to the rest of the world, both human and animal. I, and many others, want the wolves to come first.

Barbara Moritsch
Eagle, Idaho