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The topic of wolves becomes very passionate. I have spoken many times that advocates of wolves continue their lawsuits with demands seeking far more than original goals of the wolf reintroductions in Yellowstone and Central Idaho. It seems never a matter of concessions, only a matter of we want more and we want it now.

While the public’s awareness of wolves seems more front and center in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, all too often we forget about the struggles people are having with wolves in the Great Lakes wolf population. Even though there are many things that are different with wolves in the West versus wolves in the Great Lakes, there are also many things that are the same – that when wolves destroy private property, people get emotional. When it appears there is little that a landowner, rancher, livestock owner, hunter, citizen, can do to protect themselves and their property, anger builds. This happens no matter where you live.

I have written many times, like back last March, that unless the environmentalists/animal rights/anti hunting groups didn’t back off with the demands and lawsuits, they would become part of the reason to drive people to take matters into their own hands. Have we reached that point? I hope not.

But we have to seriously ask ourselves if it has begun. The federal government is now investigating the deaths of sixteen wolves in three states in the Great Lakes area – Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. There have also been reports of illegal wolf kills in the Idaho, Montana area.

There are myriad reasons that some might be driven to take matters into their own hands and while many of us can sympathize, I cannot condone breaking the law to achieve one’s goals. It should however serve notice to all citizens that people should have a right to protect themselves and their property regardless of the desire to protect a species.

Let’s hope that these incidents are isolated and do not lead to further acts of poaching. It will accomplish nothing in the long run.

Tom Remington