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Ranchers and enviros unite!

  A comment on Suzanne Stone’s thought that "wolves are a drop in the bucket" as far as impact on livestock (HCN, 12/6/04: Dear friends): The Soulen Ranch of western Idaho lost 322 sheep to wolves during the summer of 2004.

The ranching and environmental community should not be at odds with each other. Ranchers do care about the land. They harvest solar energy with very small inputs of nonrenewable energy.

We need more collaborative efforts such as happened in the Owyhee Canyonlands with ranchers, Wilderness Society, Idaho Conservation League and Nature Conservancy people, meeting and listening to each other and solving problems.

John Peavey
Carey, Idaho