Animal killers (hunters and trappers) and animal farmers (ranchers) and meat-preference-oriented consumers:

Besides right-wing authoritarianism and social dominance orientation, which are empirically obvious, there is the greater likelihood of religiosity, fundamentalist, evangelical thinking, man-as-center-of-the-universe thinking, man-as-stewards-of-the-land thinking, with all else put here for man's consumption and exploitation. Concrete either/or thinking (shades of gray drive them crazy), thinking that is housed in belief systems versus science and logic, denial-of-science thinking, seeing science as a threat to their belief system thinking, doubling down on inherited and traditional right to kill and dominate other animals thinking, efforts to enshrine their traditions in state and federal levels of lawmaking, fear and hate of predators, and doubling down on animal slaughter thinking and behavior.

Look at the red states or red-state elements and predisposition to wolf slaughter and other predator marginalization; look to the rancher- and hunter-led war on wildlife. There is also a genetic basis to all this, as we see it world around and over time. Right now there is a polarization, a congealing of ring-wing thinkers and progressive, left-wing thinkers. Unfortunately, wildlife agencies seem immersed with the right; unfortunate for wildlife, wilderness and global warming and the Earth.

The outcome of the fight for balanced wildlife ecologies with the right groups are the indifferent, the ignorant, and man's traditional fear of and war against the wilderness. Science and logic futility?

Roger Hewitt, 

Great Falls 

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