Yellowstone's wolves teach us nature knows best

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  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Oct. 20, 2010 11:00 a.m.

    In a trip to Alaska we drove down through the British Columbia coastal mountains, real wolf and caribou country. Wolf numbers expand so rapidly in the northern regions of Canada that they have to be trapped to preserve the carabou herds. As a hunter and also admirer of wildlife I purchased a wolf rug from a trappers wife and legally brought it across the border into Montana. The lady at the border said,"that is the way we like to see wolves brought into Montana"! Elk meat is an excellent source of food and the most healthy of all meats. We can reduce numbers of elk though hunting because there are lots of takers in the west who will pay for the privilege and also donate to elk preservation. Why not turn wolves loose in the eastern US where the whitetail deer are so numerous and the lack of hunters, and lack of wolves allow such imbalance. The non hunting crowd would have a fit with wolves in their crowded residential areas and private lands. They simply do not have a sound solution in the east. We will have to control wolf populations eventually here in the west. How?

  • The Judge Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 3, 2010 1:45 p.m.

    ...and on sight, too. :-)

  • The Judge Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 3, 2010 1:44 p.m.

    Personally, I like Wyoming's wolf policy. Shoot them on site.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 3, 2010 8:45 a.m.

    Wow, I can't believe I'm reading a pro-wolf editorial in the dnews.
    Wolves and elk have co-existed in the west since the end of the last ice age and they both did quite well.
    The elk are healthier now than they've been in 100 years.
    I'm quite pleased the wolves have been put back in the ecosystem. It's a win-win for everyone.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Oct. 3, 2010 7:20 a.m.

    Wolf "experts" from Los Angeles? So many people who never observed a wolf think they know so much about them. Like an entomologist who never observed an insect. I challenge the author to contact real wildlife bilogists in real wildlife department in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, outside Yellowstone and publish what they tell you is going on with wolves! I dare you get their perspective and their real world experiences and publish that in the L.A. times!