Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Local ranchers terrorize wolves
Just got done reading this story from Idaho about someone tricking wolves into eating lamb and then killing the wolves who succumb. The sheep are left out on public lands as bait and then the rancher gets kill orders when the wolves take the easy prey that have replaced the native herbivores of the forest. By killing the wolves, some hope the entire species will go away once and for all. Hence, the use of violence against the wolves advances a political agenda of rancher hegemony. Classic terrorist tactics. Oh, wait, isn't that what you read? No, you read about the wolves being terrorists and the poor, poor folks at Flat Top Ranch who just can't seem to stop their sheep from being eaten. Twenty-five of their 8000 sheep. To keep it in perspective: There are only about ~550 wolves left in Idaho and the kill order is for four of them. (The Wildlife News has an excellent discussion of this specific situation here.) Spare us the hysteria, KMVT, and save "terrorize" for intentional (and not instinctual) violence.