This year’s hunting season in the northern Rockies has been especially controversial because of the high numbers of popular wolves and wolves fitted with research collars that have been killed just outside Yellowstone in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. – “˜Famous’ Wolf Is Killed Outside Yellowstone
THE NEEDLESS slaughter of wolves has now claimed something of scientific value that keeps these animals in the wild watched, safe and studied so we can understand their lives and what’s needed to keep their habitat alive and their presence vibrant.
It’s these sorts of reports that overwhelm conservationist enthusiasts like myself; fellow gun owners who abhor the gluttony, human arrogance and disrespect of nature by certain hunters and ranchers who think of nothing but their own pleasures or economics. Every hunter and rancher bears responsibility for the policy that allows this killing to continue.
American Scientist featured the famous Lamar Wolf pack in its current issue.
Wolves and bison are only two of the controversial issues in Yellowstone, our first and perhaps greatest national park. How can we balance the rights of the individual with those of the majority? There is a real price to pay for preserving our wild heritage. We must listen to the opinions of all the stakeholders to negotiate a just and equable solution to these complex problems. [American Scientist]
There is no excuse for the killing of tagged wolves, which should be respected and protected when they wander. Indiscriminate ranchers or hunters should be punished, with “stakeholder” claims also coming with responsibilities, because without the ability to study animals in the wild we all lose something that can never be reclaimed.
The wolf pictured below is another photo of the gorgeous beast above, yet another casualty of the brazen disrespect of man of nature.