Ignorant politicians ignore science and allow the continued slaughter of wolves
Once again wolves are the target of irrational political and media sensationalism. To quote from this recent article: “Despite enactment of federal legislation turning wolf control over to state wildlife management and allowing licensed hunting of the animals, [Idaho Governor Butch] Otter welcomed his new authority to bring law enforcement to bear against any wolf threats to humans or livestock.
The gray wolf of the Northern Rockies is about to become the first creature ever taken off the U.S. endangered species list by act of Congress, rather than by scientific review, under a measure inserted into a sweeping budget bill.”
A clear and present danger, safeguarding against additional devastation. Wow, how poetic and what a bunch of lies!
Of course, Governor Otter knows nothing about the biology of wolves nor does representative Lenore Barrett, R-Challis. But this doesn’t stop them from making misleading and stupid comments about these amazing animals. Ms. Barrett won’t let her grandchildren play outdoors because of the supposed presence of wolves. And, conveniently ignoring the fact that there haven’t been any wolf attacks on humans since they were reintroduced to Idaho in 1995, Ms. Barrett claimed: ”They’re killers, they do it for sport, and then they leave their victim still alive for a lingering death.” Ms. Barrett isn’t alone in promulgating fear-mongering lies. As I pointed out in an earlier essay on the plight of wolves, politicians, including Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, ignore science, and others who know nothing about the biology of wolves don’t hesitate to express stupid and misleading opinions.
READ MORE: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201104/wolves-political-stupidity-and-fear-mongering-wolves-are-clear-and-prese
Fear mongering (or scaremongering) is the use of fear to influence the opinions and actions of others towards some specific end. The feared object or subject is sometimes exaggerated, and the pattern of fear mongering is usually one of repetition, in order to continuously reinforce the intended effects of this tactic, sometimes in the form of a vicious circle. (Wiki)
The following article is a prime example of what Mark Bekoff is talking about
Ravalli County commissioner claims wolves ruining quality of life
HAMILTON – Ravalli County residents no longer feel safe letting their children play outside because wolves are so prevalent in the Bitterroot Valley, County Commissioner Suzy Foss contends.
Foss recently listed her concerns in a letter to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks director Joe Maurier, the five-member FWP Commission and Gov. Brian Schweitzer.
“Ravalli County is under great duress due to the overpopulation of gray wolves within our borders,” Foss wrote. “Our citizens, and in turn our county government, are suffering direct negative impacts to our general welfare and most especially the safety of our citizens and our local economic vitality.”
Read more: http://missoulian.com/news/local/article_652303ce-de85-11e0-b621-001cc4c03286.html#ixzz1XztJClNt
To suggest wolves are a threat to children or anyone else for that matter in Ravalli County, has no basis in fact. There has not been one single wolf caused death in the lower forty-eight in the last hundred years. Not one wolf caused death since wolves were reintroduced to the Northern Rockies in 1995. But people can and do say anything. Demonizing wolves has become a sport in the Northern Rockies. Does the Missoulian consider this nonsense to be news?
These are real dangers to children and adults in Ravalli county and across America. that have nothing to do with wolves.
40 to 100 fatal bee stings in US per year
When One Bee Sting is Your Last
Dog Bites and Fatal Maulings
(We all love our dogs but facts are facts)
DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENTS
Sex Offenders/Violent Offenders
Montana Department of Justice · Sexual or Violent Offender Registry
83 registered sex offenders in Ravalli County
83 registered violent offenders Ravalli County
(Hamilton, Darby, Pinesdale, Stevensville, Coravallis, Florence, Victor, Florence)
How Safe is Hunting by Young People?
From CASH website:Hunting Accidents 2010
Deer Auto Accidents
“There are more than 1.5 million crashes involving deer each year which cause over one billion in damage, 150 of the deer collisions are fatal, and there are more than 10,000 people injured.”