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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wildlife Wednesday: Wolf Hunt

Well, it would appear that the wolf-haters are at it again:

Look, I get that the interaction between wolves and ranchers is touchy, but there are other solutions besides just getting your gun off on some wolves. (Oh, and aerial hunting? How sporting, gentlemen.)
Besides, wolves are hardly the biggest killers of livestock. Coyotes kill more livestock. Domestic dogs kill more livestock. Vultures actually kill more livestock. In fact, the weather and health conditions are a greater predator of livestock that wolves are. Check out these statistics. Now, I'm not advocating going out and shooting coyotes, vultures, the neighbor's weimaraners, or storm clouds, either (though the last one might be funny to watch), but this vilification of wolves seems a bit unfair to me. (I blame Mother Goose.)
If you are interested in learning more about what Defenders of Wildlife is doing about this situation and how you can help, check here.

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