Idahoans Continue To Speak Up For Wolves

September 24, 2009

Amid the rhetoric and commemorative wolf tag selling in Idaho, you would think everyone in the state was jumping with joy over killing wolves.  The more I read Idaho newspapers it becomes clear that Idahoans are just as disturbed by the hunts as Montanans.  Here are two Idaho voices speaking up for wolves: Idaho's #1 Website for News and Information

 September 23, 2009

 Letters to the Editor:


 Don’t condemn wolves for following their instincts

I find it repugnant that we allow a hunt on a free-roaming wild animal that kills as its instinct to survive and yet condemn it for doing so. I don’t understand the justice in allowing someone with a high-powered rifle who hunts to put a head on their wall as some sort of trophy and call it a sport while the wild animal is branded a killer.

In a state that is supposedly known for its value of freedom and our love of the outdoors, this just doesn’t work. Sounds to me like it’s more about the money than the outfitters’ love of the animal. I still love the sound of the wolf in the night and will continue to remember it as a sign of long-lost freedom and wilderness that is slowly slipping away.



 Reintroduced wolves aren’t superior ‘killing machines’

So another person spouts off that wolves reintroduced here from Canada are somehow genetically or physically superior to the few surviving wolves in the lower 48, and the Statesman prints it.

John Aston (Sept. 1, letter) described them as “very different,” and while it’s difficult to wrap my head around his advanced scientific analysis, let me try. This has become the rallying cry for folks who get their information from taverns, not from books or actual field studies.

Rocky Mountain wolves are the same species whether they exist in Alberta or Idaho. The Mexican grey wolf is a subspecies and averages a smaller body size, as do deer or other warm-blooded animals that live in a hot climate. Cold-climate animals average a larger body size to reduce surface area to volume to help conserve heat.

If wolves in Canada were such superior “killing machines,” as John Aston suggests, they would have easily repopulated the “shy high-country Idaho wolf” on their own. According to his logic, you also could bring down larger elk and deer from Canada, and these “grass-eating machines” would take over our ungulates. This is a ludicrous notion.

Lastly, wolves are not “the most wasteful predator in North America.” Human beings are.


Posted in: Idaho wolves, Wolf Wars 

Tags: gray wolf, Idaho wolf hunt, wolf intolerance

Published in: on September 24, 2009 at 1:12 am  Comments (2)  
Tags: , ,

The URI to TrackBack this entry is:

RSS feed for comments on this post.

2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Nice to see some positive comments from Idaho! The rest of the country thinks Idaho is crazy for hating wolves!


    • g…..That was a great comment. I think most Idahoans are reasonable people, it’s their politicians that run the state that are the problem.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: