Letter - Reintroducing wolves a waste of money


This is in response to Irene Sette of New Milford, N.J., whose letter appeared in the U-B applauding the Oregon wolf plan.

She states that “other blood-stained states appease special-interest groups that prefer spilling blood, inflicting pain and suffering on wolves.”

I have to assume these special-interest groups she refers to are sportsmen who provide most of the funding for all wildlife or ranchers and farmers who provide most of the habitat and food for our wildlife, including wolves. In the past two years I have seen eight wolves in Columbia County and they were all on private property.

Washington state has no wolf season but some states either have seasons or are planning to have them. Wisconsin, which is 782 miles from New Jersey, issued 1,160 wolf permits in 2012.

I believe Irene should concentrate on these wolves and leave wolves that are several thousand miles away alone. We are very capable of handling our own wolf problem.

Watch a film showing wolves killing an animal and you will see plenty of spilled blood, pain and suffering. Many wolves start eating an animal while it is still alive, will eat their fill and then leave the animal to die several hours later, while others kill as many as they can, just to be killing.

I believe anyone who thinks this is a good way for an animal to die has the porch light on but there’s nobody home.

Last year the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife killed the Wedge wolf pack north of Spokane because it was killing calves on the Diamond M Ranch. In one year the wolves killed 40 calves, which would be worth at least $40,000.

If someone took $40,000 out of wolf lovers’ bank accounts, I bet they would be very upset over their loss.

When the Wedge pack was killed, the Diamond M owners received several threatening phone calls from some other wolf lovers. There was even a lady from Seattle who stated she would like to come over and catch a wolf and cuddle it for awhile.

One elk herd in Northwestern Idaho numbered around 17,000 when wolves came into Idaho. Now that same elk herd is around 2,200. The same thing is happening in several of our Western states.

I believe our veterans, senior citizens and children should be our top priority in this country. We don’t seem to have enough money for their programs but have spent $120 million to reintroduce wolves and will need millions more to manage them.

What a waste of taxpayers’ dollars.

Don Jackson




Iopine says...

I would pay money to watch a group of these wolf lovers try to cuddle some of these furry little creatures . . . . . . . . This operation is a total waste of money.

Posted 24 February 2014, 4:53 p.m. Suggest removal

jkhowell0803 says...

I'll supply the popcorn!!!

Posted 26 February 2014, 7:16 p.m. Suggest removal

GeneandCassie says...

As my fortune cookie usually says, "May You Live In Interesting Times."

In this respect, we are definitely blessed.....

There is millions of $$$ available to reintroduce wolves, restore rivers, move terns, play around with different owls, sterilize rivers because they don't have the 'right fish,' etc......

Just one recent example:


But, alas, after this is all done, no money left to keep a well liked Aviary open......

Posted 25 February 2014, 6:50 a.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

Well said.

Posted 25 February 2014, 8:43 a.m. Suggest removal

bj84711 says...

Maybe we should introduce wolves to Milford New Jersey for her to enjoy.

Posted 25 February 2014, 11:35 a.m. Suggest removal

dogman12 says...

All wildlife is a nuisance. And zoos are a incredible waste of resources. Let's just get on to the future that is wild animal free and never look back. We could feed the poor for a while with wild game meats. Set up some tent cities and let them collect it themselves!

We are going to have to colonize some other planet anyway, so we might as well consume all of this one. Anyone looking for environmental balance on Earth is just a romantic dreamer, and probably a Marxist.

Posted 25 February 2014, 6:58 p.m. Suggest removal

GeneandCassie says...

Some recent Wolf gnus from Idaho:


Spend money to 'reintroduce' them then spend money to 'thin the pack....'

Makes total sense; keeps people employed.....

Posted 4 March 2014, 6:30 p.m. Suggest removal

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