(KBC Note: perhaps
the rural folks should write the urbanites in
Olympis, WA, the same condescending note about the
sweet raccoons that they consider are terrorizing
them--they just need to "do
to help change people's attitudes and to increase
their understanding and appreciation for these
beautiful animals. Read following 'Cat-killing
A howling success
Register-Guard Editorial September 18, 2006
The recent videotaping and sightings of a wild
wolf in Wallowa County raises hopes that the
magnificent creatures once hunted to near
extinction throughout the West are making a
comeback in Oregon.
The July videotaping and sightings last weekend
provide firm evidence that a new strategy to allow
wolves to migrate into Oregon from Idaho, where
they were introduced as part of a federal recovery
program a decade ago, is off to a promising start.
An Oregon management plan, more than three years
in the making, sets an ambitious goal of four
breeding pairs each in eastern Oregon and western
Oregon, with the animals monitored by state
The plan represents a complete turnaround in
Oregon's historical approach to wolves. Just six
decades ago, state wildlife officials were so
intent on eliminating wolves that they were paying
bounties to wolf hunters.
There are still plenty of hurdles to overcome.
Some ranchers still adamantly oppose allowing any
wolves to return to the state, arguing that the
animals pose a threat to both their livelihoods
and rural lifestyles.
Eventually, that resistance should dissipate once
wolves are removed from the endangered species
list and ranchers are allowed to kill wolves that
destroy their livestock. Until then, federal and
state officials should work closely with concerned
ranchers and the public at large, doing everything
possible to help change people's attitudes and to
increase their understanding and appreciation for
these beautiful animals.