Ted Chu, a former wildlife biologist while living in Idaho, now resides in Oregon and offers an editorial at OregonLive about how to resolve the wolf management problems and keep landowners/ranchers happy.
The Legislature should make it legal for landowners to shoot wolves on their private property under any circumstances. Many wolf recovery supporters will knee-jerk howl at this notion, but it will ultimately work to the advantage of wolves. Had this approach been used right from the start in the Northern Rockies, I’m certain there would be just as many wolves alive as there are today, at much less taxpayer expense and social stress.
Individual wolves will be still be killed, but under this approach the rest will get smart in a hurry and retreat to the public lands. This is where they belong and realistically is the only place they can survive and avoid trouble.
How dare anyone suggest such a reasonable solution!
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