To me the most amazing aspect of this "study" is that there could have
ever been any surprise at the outcome. How revelatory is it, really, to
discover that there would be competition for space and resources among wolves,
or that they would fight to defend those resources?I suppose
it's worth something to confirm something that seems so intuitively
obvious. But, it can't (or shouldn't) be too much.
In all of nature its always survival of the fittest which has produced the
strongest wolves and everything else by natural selection. In essence, wolves
are only practicing pure capitalism (survival of the fittest). Does that make
wolves selfish and greedy? Is socialism really just evolution in reverse?
I was not in favor of the re-introduction of wolves to the lower 48 Eco-system.
They make cattlemen's jobs all that much harder, the same for
other four-legged grass eating critters. I think open season, all
year long is in order. We aren't the 1800's wild west, we
depend upon grazing animals for meat, hide and cloth (wool does come from sheep,
not REI). Anything that damages the food supply needs prompt action. No, I don't favor reimbursement by the Feds for losses, just eliminate
the problem and avoid the middleman.
@Strider303 - That's the exact thinking that lead to the wolves being
killed off in the first place and the whole reason we had to reintroduce them in
the first place... Mankind and nature need to find a balance. I believe we have
a right to protect our property and stock from predators, but I don't think
we have the right to extinguish an entire species to do it.
To "Shawnm750" but we kill off entire species of life all the time, and
see to do so every year.If we don't "have the right to
extinguish an entire species" to protect ourselves and property then we
should cease research into eliminating viruses that hurt people, plants, and
animals. Why do we let some life thrive while seeking to kill off others?
Wolves don't multiply until all the prey is gone, they are self-limiting.
I believe a few wolves occasionally eating cattle isn't going
to interrupt the food supply all that much. The cattlemen's jobs are hard.
They've been shooting wolves to protect their cattle for a long time.
Comes with the territory.Open season for anyone is a really bad
idea. I contend allowing ranchers to kill wolves attacking their herd, but
nothing else. Federal reimbursement also a bad idea, let the cattlemen protect
their herd, especially if they are on federal land.