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Letter to the KBC editor from Debra regarding managing wolves killing livestock and pets, 11/16/07
FOLLOWED BY RESPONSE
by Jim Foley, property rights advocate 11/17/07

CRUEL!!!!! WHY SHOULD WE KILL WOLVES OR 'CLUB' LION CUBS JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE PREDATORS, JUST BECAUSE THEY DO WHAT THEY DO, JUST BECAUSE THEY EAT WHAT THEY EAT????!!!!! Debra
 

Response by Jim Foley:

Debra,

You asked, "
WHY SHOULD WE KILL WOLVES". etc.

How about because irresponsible people, both citizens as well as agencies, insist on "reintroducing" them into places where people now live? They force wolves, lions and grizzly bears on the agricultural and ranching community, who are just supposed to allow these dangerous predators to roam and kill their livestock at will.

Farmers and ranchers have put their life's work and savings into their ranch or farm, and now after the investment and a hundred years of no predators, they have to take the loss of their income and in some cases, even their property.

These predators are creatures of the "wilderness, they thrive best in wilderness settings. There is a reason why they are no longer in the places where they once lived, that reason is because now, in the place of wilderness there are homes, families, ranches, cattle and sheep. This is no ones fault, it is the way civilization grows. The only fault lies in people who insist on putting these predators where they have no place being.

It is the height of foolishness to expose our population to the danger of introducing an animal whose sole purpose is killing to eat. All this just because someone wants to be able to see a wolf or lion? let them go to the places where they exist in the way that nature meant them to...free and wild. This is exactly why Alaska has no shortage of wolves or grizzly bears, it is, for the most part, wilderness.

Rather than trying to place the blame for the deaths of these noble animals on the shoulders of farmers and ranchers, why not place it where it belongs, on animal rights groups and agencies that insist that these animals roam among us?

James Foley
Property Rights Advocate
 

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