Monday, February 24, 2014
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.