Friday, October 3, 2014

Wolves, antelope can co-exist

5 hours ago

To the editor:

First, I would like to thank Mr. Wolf for keeping us apprised of the wolf conversation. I was curious about the antelope not jumping fences so I looked it up on the Arizona Game & Fish website. This is very interesting information. However, it seems to me that there a few other statistics that should be mentioned.

First of all an antelope can go as fast as 60 mph, they like wide open grasslands, and the largest weight of a male is barely 120 pounds. These three factors would make them undesirable for a family of wolves. Wolves are very economical in their movements.

It also states that they were hunted into near extinction, saved by a closed season from 1905 to 1922. After they were managed, and without a natural predator their increased population almost exceeded the antelope's food supply. I am sorry that they are hesitant to jump fences -- must be like shooting fish in a barrel for hunters.

One more thing: I have volunteered for the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project extensively and can with all honesty say that I have not asked one person for money. GCWRP educates the public and asks the public for their support.
GAYLENE D. SOPER
Flagstaff