Saturday, January 2, 2016

Wolf facts, not fear

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Re “Wolf revival is no Disney tale for Siskiyou County ranchers” (Page 1A, Dec. 27, The Sacramento Bee):

Your recent story would have benefited from more facts on how rarely wolves attack livestock, let alone people, and how unjustified vilification of wolves contributed to their mass extermination in this country.
In the past 100 years, the two instances of wolves killing humans in North America included one in Alaska, where there are 7,000 to 11,000 wolves, and one in Canada, where there are 40,000 to 60,000 wolves.
The approximately 5,500 wolves living in the lower 48 states have killed no one. In comparison, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a dozen or more people are killed by livestock each year; 200 by car collisions with deer; 20 by dogs; and countless others from venomous insect stings or poisonous snake bites.
Only when we are willing to replace fear with facts does coexistence become possible.

Amaroq Weiss, Petaluma


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