Anything that reduces the wolf population is not good.

The word “wolf” in Idaho conjures up emotions and actions such as unfounded fear, anger at an animal that belongs in the ecosystem, compulsion to kill, and cruelty to an animal that is utilizing its inborn hunting instinct so hunters have more elk to kill. Between Gov. “Butch” Otter’s proposed $2 million Idaho Wolf Control Board and a little-known group called the Foundation for Wildlife Management that wants to form a trapping co-op, it appears that the state’s primary focus is eliminating wolves.

A paper called “Status and Ecological Effects of the World’s Largest Carnivores,” published in the Jan. 10 issue of the journal “Science“ and co-authored by 15 national and international scientists, states “that a world without these species is scarier than a world with them.” Looking to the future, the scientists say “they expect the loss of apex predators will bring degradation to ecosystems.”

Critical to living with carnivores is to understand the comprehensive benefits they provide and to learn how to live with them instead of obliterating them.

Jeanne Rasmussen,

Littleton, Colo.

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