Killing them because they’re there
It’s not enough that Idaho and Montana seem hellbent on killing all the wolves within their borders before a lawsuit (now in progress) can get them back on the endangered species list. These are the folks that are letting their state wildlife officials shoot wolves from helicopters. These are the folks running predator derbies (co-sponsored by Nikon and Cabelas, among others), where the goal is to see who can shoot the most wolves, coyotes, bobcats or foxes (wolves were just added this year, and hunters get more points for them than for the other species)– not because they’ve been killing sheep or cattle or people, not because they hurt the environment, not because they’re overrunning the neighborhood, but just because they are there. Slaughter for the sake of slaughter. (How’d you like to have one of these “sportsmen” living next door?)
Now Utah is getting into the act. Or trying to avoid getting into the act. No, wolves have not been reintroduced there. Wolves are not a threat there. But there is a chance, just a chance, that a wolf from an adjoining state might wander into Utah. Says Utah State Senator Allen Christensen of a bill likely to be voted on this week:
This bill simply says any wolf within Utah will be captured and killed. We don’t want any of them here.
Oh, well, that makes it all right. So much for logic and open-mindedness. So much for environmentalism, wildlife management, and endangered species. Just kill ’em. They’re wolves, aren’t they?
I’m glad I’m not a hunter trying to defend this wanton slaughter of a species as either justifiable or a sport. Because it is neither. It’s a thinly disguised excuse to freely indulge one of man’s basest instincts without fear of legal retribution. Disgusting.
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