We Shoot Wolves

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In response to letters in the Bitterroot Star from Julia Fernandez-Clegg and Janet and Carl Buter, I couldn’t be more pleased that you and 29 of your traveling friends have decided not to come to Montana because we trap wolves.

The main reason we trap wolves (we shoot them, too) is because of people probably very much like yourselves that have traveled to Montana and stuck their environmentalist noses into our state’s business, and have reintroduced wolves into our ecosystem.

Here are two things for you to think about. If the wolves had been left alone (mostly in Canada), they would be doing things that wolves do there, and not being trapped and shot here.

Second thought: There were very likely wolves in and around the Santa Barbara area at some point in time long ago, and maybe we should reintroduce them there. That way you could get to know them without ever leaving your home.

Have a nice day, and enjoy your vacation somewhere else.


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Quite a rant Victor, but you didn't tell us a thing about why you find it necessary to trap and shoot the wolves. I watched a documentary showing that the reintroduction of wolves in Montana and Wyoming has helped restore the ecosystem, especially riverbeds that had become totally degraded by ruminants. Seemed like a good idea to me. So what is your problem with wolves? We don't have them here, just coyotes, mountain lions, and the occasional brown bear. How about enlightening us rather than throwing a tantrum?

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
October 4, 2012 at 7:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Funny how the website for the official travel agency of the State of Montana has a big photo of wolves accros the top of the "Watchable Wildlife" page. Better get out there and kill those bad ol' wolves, John, before some of us interfering California tourists violate your state's rights by watching 'em. I just hope everyone in Montana isn't as rude as rude as John Schuler of Victor, MT.

banjo (anonymous profile)
October 4, 2012 at 8:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"You gotta purdy mouth"......

PeterPeli (anonymous profile)
October 4, 2012 at 11:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Not everyone in Victor, MO agrees with Schuler:

Julia Fernandez-Clegg's letter from Chicago:

Jannet and Carl Butler's letter from Santa Barbara:

Politics behind the wolf issue:

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
October 4, 2012 at 11:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Personally, I was thrilled to hear that wolves may be reestablishing themselves in California, after having been wiped out during the early 1920s by people like Shuler who, it appears from his angry letter, take pride in the fact that wolves are trapped and shot in his state.

banjo (anonymous profile)
October 4, 2012 at 12:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hasn't anyone read the fairy tale of the Three Little Pigs? Wolves are dangerous! You can read about it there.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
October 4, 2012 at 2:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

God forbid they shoud get their paws on some sheep costumes prior to All Hallows

Stumbling_Distance (anonymous profile)
October 6, 2012 at 6:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Wolves are slowly making a comeback to CA. I have no problem with that and I hope once they have enough numbers, we will be able to buy tags for them and hunt them. We currently cannot hunt mountain lions in CA which is absolutely ridiculous. They're even coming into LA and walking around town. But unfortunately, we allowed an uninformed public to vote on whether or not they should be hunted. Does anyone know the three reasons when it is lawful to kill a mountain lion? Well, I was curious one day so I checked it out. If a person is in IMMEDIATE danger, for depredation (and yes, you need a permit) or ito protect a bighorn sheep.

Muggy (anonymous profile)
October 9, 2012 at 1:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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