Utah groups plead for wolf protections

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    Oct. 1, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    I like wolves and I vote.

  • Idontcare Centerville, UT
    Sept. 29, 2012 2:31 p.m.

    It is always disappointing to read comments that show such a lack of understanding about the science behind ecology and the actual environment that exsists in about 99% of this world. There is no longer an ability for a "natural balance" to function. The ecology is managed and deciding to allow wolves in Utah is simply a form of managing the environment, not restoring a "natural balance".
    Introducing wolves will alter the ecology dramatically. The real discussion is will the change be worth it? Talking about God in this discussion demonstrates an inner turmoil that wolves can not fix.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 9:44 p.m.

    @DN subscriber

    right because clearly your God had no idea what they where doing when he created predators to keep balance in nature.

    "game animals?" really? so your need to hunt outweighs the need to maintain a natural balance? you do realize humans are predators as well right? shall we start eradicating that disease as well?

    Sept. 28, 2012 7:37 p.m.

    Growing up on a Ranch, I was taught that there must be balance in nature. Things that many people think are bad such as wildfires and wolves do have their place and humans should take their place in nature without needing total domination and eradication of everything wild. People also need to balance their population and location. Not all ranchers are against wolves and we run both cows and sheep.

    There just needs to be some moderation. If wolves are reintroduced near our ranch then we would expect to have the ability to protect livestock (thin the wolf population by removal or killing) and some form of low-cost catastrophic insurance in the case of large losses.

    It is depressing for me to consider a future with no more wild things or wild places.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 6:21 p.m.

    Elimination, or at least strict control, of predators and other dangerous organisms is common sense and necessary for the human population, as well as many other species, especially game animals.

    Eradicating smallpox and polio were major positive accomplishments by mankind. Control of the predatory wolf population was another.

    The cute little furry critter in the photo for this story is a vicious killing machine which can and will kill cattle, pets, and people if given the chance.

    Ranchers have the right ideas on wolves, not the environmentalists.