Take this wolf and shove it

  I lived in the city most of my life and like the rest of the city folks heard and believed most of the lies handed to us by the "enviroMENTALists" (HCN, 12/24/07). I now live among the ranchers of Catron County, N.M., and have horses. I moved here to enjoy this beautiful countryside while riding my horse. Now I fear my hiking/riding days will be minimized by a few who think they know what is best for those individuals who have homesteaded and live here for generations.

I have firsthand seen these families traumatized not only by the wolves themselves, but also the people who keep threatening them with lawsuits and huge fines if they try to protect their land and livestock (their livelihood). Yes, folks here are getting really sick and tired of those who don't even live here shoving these unwanted (unendangered) experimental introductory animals in every orifice in their body. We can hardly wait for their releasing two other deadly killing machines here, the grizzly and the jaguar. It does my heart real good to hear that animals are now worth much more than human lives. Ask Carnegie how he felt about the wolves while they were ripping him apart or the folks who found him afterward and were intimated by the wolf lovers and had their credibility ripped apart.

Marnie Ashby
Reserve, New Mexico
Jan 28, 2008 11:18 AM

I lived in Reserve NM many years ago, never heard any griping about wolves.You EX city folk make My rather ill, down playing all wild animals. Here is,if you can read,a very good book about wolves and the great pair of People who actually lived with the wolf.book titled: "living with wolves", By Jim & Jamie Dutcher. If You can read,this book will give you a true picture of this Magestic Animal. I'm 84 and lived among many different animals in ne Oregon! J Turck

Feb 13, 2008 11:24 AM

You may live among those who have homesteaded in Catron County and have lived there for generations,and it is those people who are descendents of the original killers and exterminators of the Mexican Gray Wolf from its historic home.
The description of traumatized families of humans is grossly one sided as you say nothing about the killing of the wolves and how that affects the family and pack dynamics to say nothing about their mere survival.
Yes, this is an endangered species as you so incorrectly state and your lieing about it to gain sympathy weakens an already misinformed argument.
The majority of land used by the ranching community for the grazing of their cattle is government land owned by all taxpayers who overwhelmingly support the ESA that protects the wolf,among many other species. They have access to that land for grazing purposes at a fraction of the true cost estimated at 10%. I have no doubt that folks in Catron County are getting sick and tired of being reminded of the lawand how it is supposed to protect the wolf as as an endangered species.
This is especially true and some what poignant considering they are now and were originally those who killed the wolf and ran it from his historical home. They don't like that the tables are being turned and justice served and are whining about it and illegally killing wolves.
Sorry, your weak and misinformed argument is old and stale as it is incorrect.