AND IT’S ONLY IGNORANCE AND SEXISM
According to the Mercury News:
“Wolves in the northern Rockies will be removed from the endangered species list within the next year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday, a move that would open the population up to trophy hunting.”
A note in Ralph Maughan’s Wildlife News pointed us at a story with this note:
“Update: Thanks to Brian Ertz, here is a video of the sexist commissioner’s comment on You Tube. The person speaking is Jim Caswell, head of the governor’s Office of Species Conservation. The species office is, according to some displacing the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. It being yet another forum for the extractive industry. The voice in background is Cameron Wheeler, head of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.”
A post a day later mentions the Montana plan that is evolving. and cites the detailed story in the Billings Gazette that shows the Montana legislature wrestling with the problem. So far Defenders of Wildlife have: “. . . paid out $153,930 for wolf kills last year, more than $50,000 more than in 2005, and many claims are still pending, said Minette Johnson, the group’s Northern Rockies representative.”
For one local, sane – (read female,) report you can peruse the Wolf Report for May 9, 2006. Such an interesting divergence of views. The photos posted here are from that report.
It is a source of constant amazement to me that the very people who despise wolves for killing elk, are the same people that rave about how many elk were here before the Europeans arrived.
Return with me to those bygone days when Pilgrims lined up, shoulder to shoulder and spread their genes westward. Killing and burning and slaughtering elk. There were so many elk because they were healthy and well adapted to the world they lived in – including far more wolves than there are today. How did that happen? Don’t they pause to consider? Hell, it’s only Idaho.