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9/8/2013 5:59:00 AM
Letter: Let's trade hype for reality

The Mexican gray wolf (lobo) was at one time extremely prevalent in the borderlands, and when the wolf population returns to healthy numbers, biologists believe that lobos will restore balance to the Southwest's ecosystems by keeping deer, elk and javelina (wild pigs, dangerous and destructive when uncontrolled) populations in check.

Wolves prevent the populations from growing so numerous that they overgraze and destroy habitat that countless other species depend on.

If ranchers are worried about livestock damage, here's a statistic for you: only one-quarter of 1 percent of livestock kills can be attributed to wolves, a tiny fraction of those attributed to dogs and coyotes.

There are ways that ranchers and conservationists can work together using non-lethal alternatives that protect livestock and ranch animals without excessive and unnecessary killing of predators.

It is surely time to stop perpetuating myths about wolves and start recognizing their vital role in balancing the wild ecosystem.

Anne Kiley

Pulteney, N.Y.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Article comment by: Jimi Lightfoot

How about we stop perpetrating ignorance and serve up a little reality.

I know there are many Arizona wildlife and wolf experts in NY as well as the city of Burbank, CA …just kidding.

All you know is what the Disney channel taught you or what you believe to be a mystical human understanding and symbiotic relationship with wild carnivores.

There were piles of Grizzly poop with Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriends’ DNA all over Katmai National Park Alaska.

Timothy considered himself an expert.

That’s his right. It’s just a shame innocents always suffer from these idealistic armchair experts’ delusions.

You seek to pain Arizonians with your ignorance.

Last month 2 wolves killed 176 sheep
in Idaho, only partially eating one sheep.

In a similar attack in Montana in 2009, wolves killed 122 sheep, surpassing the number of sheep killed by wolves in the entire state in 2008.

Humans have more the right to eat over the wolves’ right to decimate and eat our food sources.

Wolves will kill anything, anytime.

Fact is they DO KILL FOR FUN and not just to eat.

Wolves are an feel good excuse for liberals and to give more federal control in Arizona.

Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Article comment by: Lorrie Thompson

It must be posted someplace online about this and that is why out of state people are commenting on this issue. While I agree with your point, this is Arizona. They aren't going to listen to you if you aren't a local.

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