The wolf experiment has been a catastrophe everywhere it has been tried. Most recently the Washington State game managers had to kill off the remainder of a pack gone rogue. Idaho ranchers have had huge losses, including 176 sheep killed in a single wolf raid. The elk populations in Idaho, Wyoming, and nearby states have dropped 75 percent since the wolves were loosed there.

Michael Cox

Montrose Press

Wolves a sort of serial killers

How would you feel if the state corrections folks decided to release 50 serial killers into your community?

They would never do that, you say.

However, that is essentially what a group of folks, mostly over in the urban Front Range area, are heart set to do. As was outlined in a story on Page 1 of this paper last week and by this writer in late July, also in this publication, the group called Rocky Mountain World Action Fund is collecting petition signatures to place the wolf introduction initiative on the ballot next year. The end game is a forced reintroduction of wolves in the San Juan Mountains. The initial release would put 50 serial killers on the loose in our mountains.

Normally, I would sign most any petition to put something to a vote, even if I disagreed with the premise. In this case I would not sign. First, this is a decision that belongs to the folks affected, not those of Denver, Boulder, Aurora, and Golden. Secondly, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife folks are thumbs down on the issue. They see it as a potential disaster. Thirdly, there is simply no good reason for it.

There is a reason why wolves have been a metaphor for evil for millennia. The Three Little Pigs may be a childrens’ story, but it perfectly describes what wolves do. They kill and they don’t necessarily do it to eat. Herdsmen in all corners of the world have defended themselves, their children, and their flocks and herds from wolves since livestock husbandry came to be. Fiction writers even created an imaginary, bloodthirsty monster based on the wolf—the werewolf’s characteristics were born from the natural instincts of the real life super predator.

The wolf experiment has been a catastrophe everywhere it has been tried. Most recently the Washington State game managers had to kill off the remainder of a pack gone rogue. Idaho ranchers have had huge losses, including 176 sheep killed in a single wolf raid. The elk populations in Idaho, Wyoming, and nearby states have dropped 75 percent since the wolves were loosed there.

When you ask a wolf advocate why they want the wolves back, the answer is usually something like, “They were once there, they should be returned, it’s their land too.”

Here is a response to chew on.

If you are a believer in the evolution concept and the idea that some species are not compatible with the rest of the evolutionary chain, then you must agree that some species should and will disappear. Wolves have proven themselves to be the psychopathic members of the community. There is good reason for them not to be part of the community.

If, on the other hand, you embrace the creationist theories, then the Lord’s commandment in Genesis that man has dominion over all living things is the rule. Thereby, man is free to determine what is in his and the rest of the world’s best interests. Wolves in the San Juan Mountains are not in anyone’s best interest.

The San Juans have gotten along nicely sine canis lupus since the species was rendered extinct in the region in the late 1940s. Predators, basically bears, coyotes, and mountain lions have balanced with the prey (the wildlife and livestock populations). The ecology of the area is pretty much unchanged, save the effect of human immigration.

Relinquere satis bene solus — leave well enough alone, would be an excellent choice.

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