IMHO, reintroduction of the Mexican wolf was a really stupid environmental idea. Even if the goal was to be pure habitat restoration (to a state which NO ONE can define), bringing in wolves before dealing with weeds is really dumb.
This is destructive misanthropy, having NOTHING to do with environmental health.
posted on 08/14/2003 7:40:36 AM PDT
(California! See how low WE can go!)
I presume you're speaking about weeds literally (not metaphorically), and I would generally agree. Where the F&WS went wrong, in my opinion, was forcing the wolf introduction on Forest Service lands in Arizona leased to ranchers for grazing. It would have been better to release them in the Gila Wilderness area in NM where they would have much less of a chance to come in contact with humans and their livestock (I know -- grazing is allowed in wilderness areas too.) But putting an endangered species in direct conflict with people just trying to make a living is utterly stupid.
posted on 08/14/2003 7:56:06 AM PDT
(New slogan for the environmental whackos: "Its for the Landscape")
Idaho didn't get the Mexican Gray Wolf. We have big Canadian Wolves. They are decimating all the game herds, killing domestic livestock and intimidating humans in recreation areas. I heard a comment on the afternoon talk show that indicated that these large Canadian wolves have made their way down to New Mexico and are beginning to attack herds of cattle.
For Idaho, this wasn't a restoration or a re-introduction. It was a new introduction of a much larger and more destructive species of wolf. We were doing fine for many years with no wolves at all. It would be good to return to that condition.
posted on 08/14/2003 11:04:49 AM PDT
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