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WOLVES - Sustaining farmland no laughing matter
Herald and News Letter to the Editor August 16, 2012 by Christopher Young, Talent

In a letter written by Darrel Samuels on Saturday, Aug. 4, the writer laughingly refuses to understand the underlying issues in the Dorris and Butte Valley area of increased elk herds and the challenges that the introduction of Canadian wolves presents to our agricultural way of life.

The writer, in using the term “humorous” to describe the developmental building blocks of our plans affecting our land and livelihoods, reveals his ignorance and bias on the issues.

The Butte Valley ranching and farming community is made up of responsible citizens, not prone to tell untruths as the writer has suggested.
Wolves have been seen by many reliable people in the area over a period of time. Wolf tracks have been photographed and verified. As the elk herds have increased dramatically, so has damage to the ranchers/farmers land, fencing and crops, which is also documented with photos and data.
Perhaps the writer should attend one of the meetings of the landowners group to enable him to understand our concerns and goals as we work to develop and increase a working relationship with the various governmental agencies in the area.


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