Wolves lose, as always

Editor:

“Everyone on this panel cares about the wolf,” Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Chairman Michael Finley said regarding the commission’s Nov. 9 decision of to delist wolves from the state Endangered Species Act.

Right! That’s why you voted to remove endangered species protections from them and open them up to future “controlled” hunting and trapping, ’cause you care oooh sooo much.

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is all you care about. Nothing else.

Livestock totaled 1,783,400 million last year, according to the Oregon agriculture department.

There is a total of 95,988.01 square miles of land in Oregon, 3.97-plus million humans and …wait for it … 81 wolves.

That’s right – 81 wolves.

And you’d think it was the end of the bloody meat industry as we know it!

“As of Dec 31, 2014, 114 livestock or domestic animals are confirmed to have been killed by wolves in Oregon since wolves began returning to the state in the late 1990s.”

That’s ODFW’s numbers.

And it’s 1999, to be exact, so that’s 114 in 15 years! Mostly sheep.

Wyoming’s losses last year were 41,000. Only 10 percent of those were due to predators. Weather, infection and other causes were the biggest killers, the real enemy. So why not laser in on the 90 percent!?

Who’s the biggest rustler of livestock? Why the rancher’s very own relatives, neighbors and/or hired help, that’s who.

A ranch manager who doesn’t brand a certain percentage of the calves, then claims them as death loss to the owners when in fact, the manager is selling them.

Neighbors “borrow” pregnant cows for awhile (ya gotta love that).

The number of wolves in the whole wide world is less than 200,000.

Here in the USA, Alaska has 7,000 to possibly 11,200; down here in the lower 48, it’s 5,375. There are so few of them I don’t know why we can’t find it in our hearts to let them live.

People, on the other hand ,are a dime-a-dozen – 7.4 billion and growing by 200,000 every day. That’s 140 every minute!

America has cut back on eating meat anyway. In 2007 the U.S. raised and killed 9.5 billion land animals for food. As of 2014, that number dropped to 9.1 billion.

Wolf packs are led by a male and female breeding pair. If one or both of those wolves is killed, the pack can break up, giving rise to several breeding pairs—and thus an uptick in the wolf population.

I’ve concluded over my 60-plus years that it is the human animal that is the most vile.

One word: genocide.

Diane Daiute

Sweet Home

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