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Letters and comments for February 24, 2011

Letters and comments for February 24, 2011

Wipe out wolf packs


To the Editor:

Attn: Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Wild, Hells Canyon Preservation Council, Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity, Northeast Oregon Ecosystems, Defenders of Wildlife

Mr. Sykes, why is living with wolves the “right thing to do”? The “right thing to do” to promote killer wolves that eat and mutilate newborn fawns, tender calf elk, juicy leg of lamb, prime beef and, yet to happen, butt cheeks of little children?

I think whoever shot the two-year-old male member of the Wenaha wolf pack deserves the $10,000 reward for doing sensible action! Of course, it would have been better to kill the entire pack! And I think the people who settled the West would fully agree. They worked to protect their livestock. Livestock was their living and bread and butter. Past history should be a learning tool and carefully examined. My hat is off to farmers and ranchers who feed our nation. They do not need interference by some of the above agencies.

Oregon hunters also know wolves are killers that are devouring in huge numbers the new offspring of elk and deer. Wolf promotion and protection is costing the taxpayer bucks. Now, like yesterday, is the time to stop the insanity of the “wolf lovers” and make it open season to wipe out the wolf packs. That should be authorized by new legislation.

When your fields have weeds, you spray to kill the weeds. When you have a wolf problem, you load your gun, site the cross-hair on target, pull the trigger and send the varmit into the pit of destruction.

I do not recall the public voting to protect the wolf. The protection was lobbied by environmentalists who disregard common sense. They are dreamers who have made the animal kingdom their false god.


Jim Lucas Sr.

Elgin



Need refined wolf plan


To the Editor:

The return of the gray wolf in Oregon is desired by many people. They see restoration of our top predator as the ultimate expression of functioning wild land ecology.

Wolf restoration easily captures the public interest. It’s considered a hallmark of American conservation and a significant outcome of our Federal Threatened and Endangered Species Act.

Restoration has been the achievement by objective in the northern Rocky Mountain region. Keep in mind, however, that this came about only because of the combined scale of wilderness resources available to sustain a modern human/wolf relationship. Some 80 percent of this vast repopulated wolf territory is uninhabited wild land, much of it national park or designated wilderness.

Oregon’s wolf population comes not by management objective. It is spillover out of Idaho and into Wallowa, Union and Baker counties and from there westward. We marvel at the recent speed with which “successful” wolf packs are establishing.

I have a unique frame of reference that compels me to weigh in on wolves in Oregon. For the past 26 years, since graduation in wildlife resources from the University of Idaho, my career has been as a private contractor in the field assessing resource conditions and trends for state, federal and private land managers.

Oregon does not have vast enough expanses of contiguous and uninhabited wild land to sustain wolf populations without continuous and unacceptable levels of conflict. I sincerely wish we did, but we don’t. Oregon is an attractive nuisance for the wolf. They have broad public support, but they don’t have the scale of unfenced wild land required for coexistence with human occupation.

Oregon’s current wolf planning represents an unfortunate tragedy for the wolf, where they will be continuously and unreasonably persecuted. It is my hope that a more refined wolf management plan can be developed that will specifically define the Rocky Mountain eco-region where wolf and man can coexist.


Michael McAllister

La Grande

 

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