Further wolf protection is wrong for U.S.

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn the March 18 letter to the editor, Jacqueline de Witt pleaded for [continued] federal protection of wolves to help them spread into New York. She indicated that this is needed to “perfect the ecological order.” In the western United States the reintroduction of wolves has decimated elk herds, taking hunting opportunities away from a wide variety of humans, from professional guides to lower income individuals for whom a freezer full of elk meat (or lack thereof) has a substantial economic impact. Federal protections continued long after wolf numbers far exceeded the reintroduction targets. Further spread of wolves will further decimate game animal populations.Human hunting is regulated by seasons and limits designed by wildlife biologists to maintain healthy herds. Wolves are not regulated, and unlike humans, wolves feast when new calves or fawns are born. Omitting a description of canine hunting, does anyone claim that a wolf kill is ever as humane as a well placed gun shot?Wolves avoid human contact in proportion to the threat that humans pose. Predatory attacks on people were once common in Europe and have happened sporadically in North America. “Child lifting” by wolves is still a problem in India. Protected wolves will be emboldened and risks to our rural margins will increase.I must ask Ms. de Witt: in a world with many hungry humans, is your aesthetic sense of ecological order so important that we should ignore those risks and squander a fully sustainable supply of organic, free-range protein to canine predators?Norman PerazzoGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img

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