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....I warned you.
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.
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.