Perhaps wolf advocates wouldn’t be so worried about delisting wolves in Oregon if delisting hadn’t been so hard on wolves everywhere else.
Everywhere else wolves have been delisted, the hunt is on. Even if citizens don’t want a hunt, sport (trophy) hunting, trapping and snaring have been encouraged.
As a veterinarian and livestock owner, I understand that for wolves to thrive, farmers must have the autonomy to manage their livestock. That means the ability to kill the occasional wolf that is preying on livestock — hopefully after some serious attempts at non-lethal deterrence.
So what does delisting the 83 wolves in Oregon mean? Do you plan to return autonomy to the farmers? Or are your “management options” just a euphemism for a bloodbath of a hunt, torture in the form of trapping and snaring, fragmenting packs, causing more predation, a small minority celebrating pain and terror inflicted on these wolves and horrifying the American public by the holocaust you foment?
America is watching. Maybe Oregon can get it right. No one else has.
Lebanon Junction, Kentucky
PS You tell 'em, Chris! ~Lin