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this is another example of the few controlling those that are trying to make a living raising cattle. there is no common sense in the management of the wolves and those trying to control the dnr don't even live outside their city limits.
This story highlights what those of that are trying to protect wolves from hunting and trapping have been saying. The wolf pack structure if family oriented. The average pack size in Minnesota is 5-7. The pack contains one alpha male and usually only one alpha female. The alphas lead the hunt. If the alphas are killed,the remaining wolves are like a bunch of juveniles, who don't know how to provide for themselves. Their family structure destroyed, and the inability to hunt their primary prey could very well lead to more predation just as the example in Idaho states. Non lethal methods can work, Oregon is a case study of that. Now is the time to study the impact the 2012-13 wolf hunt had in Minnesota and educate our citizens about the value wolves bring to our state. After 40 years of protection and millions of dollars don't they and those of us who care for wolves deserve that?
@farkelstein, actually "the few controlling" the situation are the tiny number of ranchers who are still addicted to outdated ways of dealing with wolves. The "many" are the 75% of Oregonians who want wolves. Seems to me this article is all about "common sense" solutions that attempt to accommodate the interests of "the few" ranchers as well as the vast majority of Oregonians (and Americans, for that matter) who want to have wolves in the landscape. If ranchers are going to use federal and state land, they have to be willing to work with the rest of us--this land belongs to all citizens, not just the few.
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