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9/8/2013 5:59:00 AM
Letter: Wolves benefit nature, economy

I am writing this after reading your guest article. It is unfortunate about the comments coming from the county government about wolf history. They are very incorrect.

There is a long history of wolves in Arizona. They are the native, natural inhabitants of the area.

They resided there until the mid-1900s.Wolves arouse passion that seem to preclude any effort to treat them the way they should be treated, as part of a natural healthy ecosystem. They are here for a reason.

The important thing to focus on is the survival of the species. Items needed are an updated recovery plan, a new genetic plan, and to have increased territory. There need to be more releases, as the last one was five years ago. The 75 count of wolves is inadequate for survival and needs to be increased to have an ecological number that will be effective to rebalance the ecology of the area.

Scientists from Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the landmark of Yellowstone have proven that top-down predators - wolves, bears and cats - are the ones in control of elements of ecology.

They determine herd sizes and the quality of shrubbery on forest floors. Less trampling help trees, grasses and the flow of waters, which help the fish.

The economic benefits are large. A five-year study says the wolves in Yellowstone have been yielding $35.5 million yearly for the economies in the area. They do come to see the wolves and they want to see them.

The polling in Arizona shows 77 percent are in favor of recovery and in New Mexico it is 69 percent.

These wolves are in need of positive movement for recovery. They cannot wait as the numbers of wolves speak of needing help.

I am a person who lives in Montana and have wolves close by me. These animals are afraid of humans and stay to themselves in family groups.

Fearmongering is not helpful. What people do not understand, they rebuke.

Wolves arouse a passion that seems to preclude any effort to treat them the way they should be treated, as a part of a natural healthy ecosystem. They are here for a reason.

Cheryl Kindschy

Helena, Mont.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: Jimi Lightfoot


Humans already appear weak to wolves, unless you are in a pack.

Wolves don't "go after the weak."

Evolution showed them that an animal staggering around isn't safe to eat.

Wolves will kill just to kill. It is practice and/or sport.

Wolves will attack humans if they deem it safe enough and the human is in their territory.

Now that the Disney version of wolf behavior is cleared up, why not put Mexican wolves in Mexico?

Why should Arizonians be put in harm’s way?

Why should we have to subsidize and provide land for whole packs of wolves?

Why do Arizonians have to pay for the hobby of these animal "conservationists" that have been breeding these wolves, unrestricted and unregulated with no scientific goal or number of wolves?

These "hobbyists" have bred these wolves on these preserves with no definitive plan on what to do with their excess.

They have enlisted to Feds to help them "place" these wolves. Which works for the Feds as it gives them reason to take land to "protect" these wolves.

These wolves had been fed by humans. They are not hunters. But that’s another and a dangerously different problem.

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

As far as Mexican wolves benefiting the economy, you must mean that they will do the jobs the American wolves refuse to do.

They will be a drain on monetary and natural resources.

Wolves will require the feds to “provide” rights and land for their use.

We don’t have a drive thru refuge so I’m sure the feds would confiscate the lands to make one. It is HOT here. No one will pay to tramp through the desert to see a wolf. We have a zoo right outside of town that has wolves that could take a Mexican wolf’s lunch money and girlfriend.

We do have a cabbie driving a Crown Vic that does “drive through refuge,” trailer parks at 3AM so you can watch paranoid tweekers peek out their windows.

You’re in Montana so you probably imagine we have abundant game, trees and cover. We don’t.

Mind your own business. You are ignorant of our situation.

Let’s “introduce” a rare frog in your back yard. See what happens to your rights.

As for the local wolvers, I just may put desert tortoises in your yard, report this “nesting area,” and see how you like the feds in your life.

Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013
Article comment by: Horse Before Cart

Hysteria runs rampant out there. Too bad that intelligence doesn't.

"I guess your watching Alaska and your Disney watching have influenced your thinking..so be it,I live in the real world."

"wolves inherited this planet before mankind."

"You are more likely to be attacked by your neighbor than a wolf"

Of the polls taken, a good portion who were fine with wolves being re-introduced in the wild were people in urban areas. In other words, since they knew it would not impact them in any way, they were all for it.

The ones who were not all for it were in rural areas where the wolves would be put. Guess why.

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

Capt. Nice,

Do some research, wolves are afraid of humans and larger animals. Wolves rarely attack humans. Only if we are a threat to them in some way or they sense we are prey (weak or sick). You are more likely to be attacked by your neighbor than a wolf. In either case, yes, by all means defend yourself. And for the record I LIVE IN MOHAVE COUNTY AND I AM FEMALE.

Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Article comment by: Too Hot

the poll was from Defenders of Wildlife at defenders.org so it was basically a little lovefest of subscribers to their webpage.

Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Cheryl Kindschy

Gee, between your over the use of elephants to demolish buildings in India, and the use of food dyes in macaroni and cheese, I'm amazed that you have time to fit this in.


Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Article comment by: real faacts

most of the comments promoting the the unnatural human motivated wolf population growth contain untruthful claims and lies. a muuch more suitable location is marin county

Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Article comment by: Cheryl Kindschy

Capt Nice, nice you are not just sounds like you enjoy being obnoxious. Please get your fact straight before you strike out.. The percentages were taken in Arizona not Montana..women can do the job as well or better..it sounds like I you have your gender in the way..
I guess your watching Alaska and your Disney watching have influenced your thinking..so be it,I live in the real world..
As for monies that 35 million are Yellowstone Parks figures..As I said. Before please know what you are talking about before you step on your tongue..the wolves are the creators of a balanced ecology..you might not like that,sir. But those are proven facts..sorry you think it's so smart to lash out..

Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Article comment by: christine mueller

save the wolves. I signed over a dozen petitions to save the wolves and other endangered species. wolves inherited this planet before mankind. save the wolves.

Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

Ok, delete NJ and Irene and insert Mont and Cheryl. Different environment -same story.

Another out of state environmentalist trying to determine what should happen in Mohave county.

Note her use of a "poll". The liberals love to use polls to try to convince you that your thinking is out of step with your neighbors, so you better get on board.

She did not cite the "poll". What were the questions, how were they worded? How was the responding population selected for this "poll", the AZ chapter of Green Peace?

Lets reintroduce these wolves in NJ, near Irene's house, where they are sure to be welcomed.

Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

Perhaps one needs to see if there is any connection between our local elected and the ranchers, just a thought.

Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

You say 77 percent of the people in Arizona want wolves and I say where did they take a vote as I missed that one.
Maybe you meant 77 percent of Montana voted for Montana wolves to be moved to Arizona!
Why is it the letters we get about how wonderful wolves are, are from women? Maybe you have been watching Disney to long where animals actually talk and cry.
Did you know that wolfs attack from the rear and you never see them coming? Saw that on some Alaska show and don't know if it is true but I have been walking backwards ever since.
Like I said to the wolf lover from NJ, you need to tend to you Knitting in Montana.
You talk about economics, what a joke as you lefties are not interested in economics because if you were we would not be trillions in debt.

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