Thursday, February 17, 2011

More Bad News for Wolves

Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana has encouraged actions against wolves despite existing federal protections. Details about his statements and his letter to the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar are here in this article published in the Missoulian.


Wolfie said...

I find this very disturbing. A Governor is telling farmers to take the law into their own hands and shoot wolves?? Does that mean that they can also shoot other species indiscriminately if they don't like them?? Laws are put in place for a reason. What's next? Is the Governor going to say it's ok to hang someone if you think they are a threat to your livestock? This type of thought and behaviour is 150 years old. Shameful.

"Save Our Village" said...

Please consider calling and emailing Gov. Schweitzer's office to leave your message? It would be very helpful to those who are trying to address this issue in Montana right now.

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer

Michael said...

Without men nature is in balance, with normal fluctuations (in wave form), e.g.: In a good mouse year the quantity of (German) Common Kestrels will grow, in a bad year only few or no young will survive and some adult Kestrels will die, but next year the mouse population will be larger again, and so on ...

3 examples referring to wolves and men:
1. Breeding and keeping dogs by men is o.k. (and good for men), but setting free a dog into the wild not, because of poaching livestock and game and the possibility of wolf hybridization.

2. Most time of the year we have two types of elk (deer) herds, one of adult males and one of adult females with their recent offspring. In the female herd has the leading hind an outstanding position.
If a "hunter" (shooter is a better name in this case) kills the leading cow, then the herd is "headless" for a space of time, and not only weak (young/old) or ill members are endangered.
Such a hind I saw in GNF by night on the side of the street, driving my car. Seldom I looked into such intelligent and good eyes, especially not in the mirror.
If the new leading hind will be killed too within a short time, the herd can lose all calves.

3. Oftener will be the case, that hunters kill the strongest harts of a male herd, what can be wicked for the future of the deer herds. Wolves cannot do that, their prey are the weaker or ill harts.

Maybe the "problems" of Elk herds in the Bitterroot Valley are not Wolf made but Men made more.

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