Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Poor Limpy

If you want something to be sad about, or are in need of a purgative, read this. You'll have to watch a quick ad and click through for a "site pass" but it's a really provocative and emotional article about the northern Rockies wolf delisting.
Born to the Druid Peak pack, Limpy was wounded in a fierce fight with a neighboring pack, the Nez Perce, before he was a year old. After the injury, he could hardly use his back left leg for the rest of his life....

In 2002, Limpy's renown grew when he wandered to Utah and got caught in a coyote trap. It was the first confirmed wolf sighting in that state in 70 years. Shipped back to Wyoming in the back of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife truck, Limpy became the beta male of his pack. His dark coat made it easy for wildlife watchers and awestruck tourists to pick him out as he roamed the valley, hunting elk, tending pups and defending the pack's den from bears, all despite his bum leg....

On March 28, the day that new state wolf policies [after delisting] went into effect, a hunter stationed near elk feeding grounds in Daniel, Wyo., shot and killed Limpy.
I warned you.

You know what we say about those guys who drive the monster SUVs with the oversize tires and the silhouettes of the women on the windows? Don't you think these wolf hunters might suffer from the same deep-seated inadequacies?

One misstep in the article:
...Many environmentalists concede that wolves that attack livestock should be killed. "I don't think that there is a wildlife person out there who wouldn't agree that if ....any wolf, was interfering with livestock, then you need to take him out," says wolf watcher Connolly. "Any rancher or farmer deserves to be able to do that."
Define "many." Ranchers and farmers don't "deserve" to control the public lands of the American West for their profit. Wolves deserve to live, be wild animals, and take back some of their former turf- turf which we've just about screwed up beyond redemption. Just because some of the big national groups have gone publicly moderate on this issue doesn't mean that the general public, when presented with the facts about public lands livestock operations, thinks that ranchers are so entitled. No way.

4 comments:

be said...

no way

Anonymous said...

Sad would be this wolf dying of starvation...Or being killed by another wolf in his old age....he was killed in the most humane way possible...QUICKLY...not sure what s sad...
just another XGoodWolfX there will be MANY more.....

Anonymous said...

"There will be many more"

I think the point is that that particular statement is hell and gone from the truth. The point is that these animals are on a steady decline.

See statement that Limpy was the first sighting in Utah in 70 years. There will come a day that they are gone for good and it's a day I hope I'm not alive to see.

Anonymous said...

"There will come a day that they are gone for good and it's a day I hope I'm not alive to see."
as long as I am alive there will always be wolves so you will never be in a world without wolves
I vowed to protect wolves as a pledge to avenge Limpy because I loved him... alot...