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9/6/2013 6:01:00 AM
Letter: A bounty on wolves

Isn't it just like outsiders, such as the veterinarian from Kentucky or Janet Hoben of Burbank, Calif., to tell us how life should be lived here? Of course, you won't find them asking for the introduction of wolves into their neighborhoods. Consider the possibility that the majority of the people in Mohave County and Arizona, once informed, do not want the Mexican gray wolf re-introduced.

I was at the public hearing on Aug. 26. Yes, a lot of ranchers were at the meeting and spoke of their opposition to a serious menace to their herds and their ability to make a living. However, there were others there, from Kingman, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City and elsewhere. These city people, who gave their addresses, were all opposed to the introduction of wolves to Mohave County and Arizona. In fact, one woman testified she came to the meeting in support of the wolves. She testified that she changed her opinion once she knew more of the facts.

Ms. Hoben, do you want Mexican gray wolves in your neighborhood? Do you want the children of Burbank to have to wait for school buses in specially constructed cages? Do you want the dogs and other pets of Burbank to be killed and maimed by wolves? Probably not, so why should we have to have those things here?

There was a good reason wolves and grizzly bears were hunted to extinction throughout the lower 48 states. There is a good reason to keep it that way, not matter what the extremists like John Oakleaf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service want.

Not only should more wolves not be introduced in Arizona, the bounty for killing them should be re-established. In addition, I urge the Board of Supervisors and state legislature to enact laws making the introduction of wolves into Arizona a criminal act. I further urge the county sheriffs and prosecutors to enforce such laws once they are passed.

Don Lynch


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Article comment by: Danger Exists When Man Acts As if He Were God

Why are ranchers and their cows more important than wolves? And who decides this?

Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@the fox hound

"They are the same people who are blinded by science."

And you, of course, being the local science expert who "knows" everything, understand the all of the science behind global warming, right?


"Someone accused me of lying about the majority of people being in favor of re-introducing the Mexican wolf."

That "someone" was me. Don't be afraid to say it, fox, they all know. And I did prove that you lied by just counting the nembers. And you never came back to dispute it either.

"This story generated 8 comments 6 in favor of the wolf."

And you don't even "know" that being in “favor of re-introducing the Mexican wolf." and being “in favor of the wolf” are two very distinct and different things, and two very different questions. That is not at all surprising.

Please stop, you're killing me.


Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Article comment by: Just A. Citizen

Let science deal with the dilemma.
Genetically alter the wolves so they can only live on tweakers.


Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

Yes, David Gaither, that's why Obama was elected twice with a majority of both the electorate and the electors. You keep telling yourself the right is right and watch as the right dissolves into the maniacal fantasies that keep running around their heads and foaming out their mouths.

Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013
Article comment by: Cindy Coping

If it is criminally inhumane to beat a dumb animal with the business end of a steel tined rake, what makes it righteous for the government to raise wolves and then sick them on deer, elk, livestock, pets and in some cases, people?

Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013
Article comment by: David Gaither

"If 6 out of 8 people agree about something after reading and writing into the Miner then I think its reasonable to assume that the majority agree."

That doesn't mean a thing! It only shows that left wing people blow hot air more than right wing people! Right wing people tend to do more talking with their votes than their mouths.

Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013
Article comment by: Too Hot

really Tomchin? advocating murder? how enlightened of you. I hope your neighbors now know what kind of person you are.

Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

You just won my bet for me as I will bet your all for making pot legal...huh?
I should make another bet that if it came to a vote in Kingman, if we should introduce wolves to our backyards, that the majority of people would be against it...wanna bet?
Do you actually think just because the Dept of fish and game are for wolves, that makes it right? They are the same ones who will tell you that Mohave green rattlers are not aggressive...and I know for a fact they are wrong.
Plus I had a problem with trapped deer in a corral and complained to the Fish and Game and they would do nothing.....I have a few more but you get my drift!

Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

Hey Capt. did you ever notice that the same people who deny global warming are the same people that want to shut down the EPA and the Dept of Education. They are the same people who are blinded by science. Why listen to what fish and game want to do they are simply govt. stooges that work for Obama right. Someone accused me of lying about the majority of people being in favor of re-introducing the Mexican wolf. This story generated 8 comments 6 in favor of the wolf. If 6 out of 8 people agree about something after reading and writing into the Miner then I think its reasonable to assume that the majority agree.

Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

Putting a bounty on an endangered species will wind up with the bounty poster and any jerks who kill for the bounty in jail for a long time.

A better idea would be to put a bounty on hunters and ranchers. Then there'd be no problem with wolves.

Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

I will almost bet that the same crowd that is trying to get pot legalized are the same people who want wolves back in our lives.
Probably does not have anything to do with anything but I will bet I'm right. If I'm right it just makes you wonder what makes these people tick

Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013
Article comment by: Daniel Sayre

The question as to whether US citizens value wildlife enough to restore species was answered long ago with the almost unanimous passage of the ESA. It is obvious, from reading recent articles and letters, that the ESA is indeed absolutely necessary given the vitriolic, non-factual arguments against wolf recovery.

In the face of overwhelming national support for a balanced eco-system, some are calling for the specific extinction of multiple species based not upon facts, but emotional chest thumping.

Livestock producers leading the charge is not surprising. The meeting was short on facts. In a study of calf mortality in the Mexican wolf recovery area it was found that mountain lions were, by far, the leading cause of mortality. Non-predation death and black bear depredation were higher than wolf depredation. Given facts, should we also call for the extinction of black bears and mountain lions?

Regarding the threat to human safety, and specifically those bus shelters near Reserve NM, death or injury from wolves is almost non-existent and a completely false argument. From the Republic: “…a school-bus stop stands caged, one of several ostensibly built to protect children from the animals. Several residents said they’ve never seen kids inside the shelters…”

Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013
Article comment by: Tired of all the bickering Read this

With the same thought I feel there should be a bounty on all animals in the open including the cattle that run free! We should be able to shoot them for food, property damage, wondering on state highways at will, spreading disease, and fly abatement they create. Lets just go for bounties on all those animals. Yes if a persons dog or cat is allowed to run loose them too!!!

Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013
Article comment by: desert dweller

Typical government stupidity...import wolves then put a bounty on them to kill them off!

Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013
Article comment by: Joanna Tomacari

Wolves and grizzly bears hunted to extinction is a good thing?? Was it the same reason the Bison population in the U.S. was decimated? People like you are the reason we need protection for endangered species. The statements you make regarding wildlife are absurd and downright misinformed. Wolves, bears and other large predators are essential to a healthy ecosystem and your philosophy is fear based and uninformed! Children are not being snatched from their bus stops by the big bad wolf! This is not only childish but irresponsible.

Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013
Article comment by: Janet Hoben

Regarding Don Lynch's letter to the editor about wolves. Mr. Lynch appears to think I have no stake in the welfare of Mexican gray wolves because I live in California. But it would be extremely shortsighted to think that people should only be concerned about endangered species that live in our own back yard. That's why we passed the Endangered Species Act 40 years ago, because Americans nationwide were concerned about saving endangered species.

Mr. Lynch is also wrong in his assertion that I wouldn't want wolves here in California. Nothing could be further than the truth. I rejoiced when wolf OR-7 spent a year in my state, the first wolf here in almost 90 years, and was sorry he didn't make it as far south as where I live. I am hopeful that in the future more wolves will come down from the Pacific Northwest and enter California.

Keeping species from extinction is everybody's business, and I hope that the citizens in Arizona will work to save the treasure they have in Mexican gray wolves.

Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

There should also be an end to free-range and a law enacted that makes an owner of cattle responsible for any damages to private/public property, injuries/deaths of a human being. Native-Americans and the wolves were here before the cattle and the ranchers.

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