Letter: Delays don't make sense

Thank you, Kingman Daily Miner, for your interesting article: "Fear mongering in Mohave County." [Butch's Brew, kdminer.com, Aug. 25]

Clearly, the writer acknowledges, Mexican gray wolves were hunted because of man's greed and disrespect for wildlife.

Man hasn't learned from mistakes. We continue to murder and torture innocent creatures for selfish pleasures and trophies. Man tries to justify cruel deeds of massacres, claiming wolves are threatening to man and livestock. Man, the intelligent being, doesn't permit creatures to live free, outside of boundaries man sets.

Mexican grays are the most endangered species in the U.S. because of man's desire to kill for greed and for what he cannot control. Since their reintroduction in 1998, there are still only 75 in the wild with three breeding pairs, and few births, causing genetic weakening. There are grays in captivity for years waiting for release; still the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stalls, causing inbreeding, a detrimental effect on survival and an inexcusable delay at the wolves' and taxpayers' expense.

Wolves are intelligent, compassionate creatures, with a family order that man should admire. Within the pack, wolves protect the young and elderly, values which man once possessed.

There are deterrents that should be mandatory before a rancher can murder a wolf. Mexican grays are an endangered species, and have full protection! The only time a rancher can legally kill a Mexican gray is if it's attacking livestock. There must be proof before any Mexican gray can be murdered.

Ranchers are reimbursed for losses, so wolves need not pay with their lives. Wolves living on public lands are attracted to livestock - why are livestock permitted to graze where there is conflict? The livestock should be removed.

Wolves are irreplaceable contributors in nature, proving their significances despite man's abuse. Yellowstone National Park is a prime example of the ecosystems' recovery due to wolves. Herds are vibrant; their continued relocation reduces overgrazing, so rivers run cleaner. The classifying of Mexican grays as "non-essential experimental" is a tactic used to justify the USFWS' continuous delays.

Polls in Arizona show 77 percent support Mexican wolf recovery. Why is the USFWS delaying this critical creature's recovery?

Irene Sette

New Milford, N.J.