“I don’t think we had ever considered before the possibility that somebody might actually lure the wolf to the point the wolves actually commit strikes,” [Spokesperson for the Fish and Wildlife Service] says. “We had not considered that people would do something underhanded in order to bring about a wolf being removed. Maybe that was just incredibly naive on our part.”Ya think? The Catron County Lunatics have been intimating that they'd like to kill wolves for years- and all the better if they can set up the feds to do the dirty work. Mike Miller, who now denies previous statements about baiting a wolf to provoke her third strike, wasn't just stupid to admit this activity to a reporter- he was probably actually a little bit giddy to have achieved such success.
Furthermore, Miller might not be as stupid as he seems, since he might not end up being charged with anything:
The criminal investigations face significant challenges, according to a Fish and Wildlife source. In interviews with law enforcement officials, Miller reportedly denied making the statements attributed to him by HCN. Furthermore, according to the Interior Department, the fact that Miller branded cattle on private land within half a mile of a known wolf den does not in itself violate federal wolf reintroduction rules, which give ranchers wide leeway in how they operate even when wolves are nearby.Don't they always give ranchers a ton of leeway? The whole wolf-recovery program in the southwest is designed to appease this special interest group.
Enough is enough. Or, as the wealthy permittee of the Adobe-Slash Ranch might better comprehend, ¡Ya basta!