Yesterday on the radio I heard someone, I believe it was Glenn Beck, state that to be vigilant, as might pertain to the war on terror, we must focus on the unbelievable. Beck’s point, as from the perspective of the terrorist, was that it was much easier to fly a plane into tall buildings and blow them up, than carry a suitcase into a busy building with a bomb in it. Why? Because flying a plane into a skyscraper is outside our normal realm of thinking. Such thoughts once were, “Nobody could do that!”

Unfortunately, this kind of thinking has gone on probably since forever and I see nothing to convince me it will change anytime soon, if at all. It’s kind of bred into us in one fashion or another, perhaps from living the life of Reilly.

My point is, as humans we tend to slough off people’s suggestions of things outside our comfort zone, or within the realm of what we have the ability to perceive as achievable. As a result, we make ourselves vulnerable. All too often we don’t get the message until something we’ve been warned about actually happens, especially when we become a victim.

In the West twenty years ago, as discussion involved the possibility of introducing wolves into the Yellowstone National Park area and Central Idaho, some experts warned of the dangers – difficult, if impossible to control, destruction of other species and existing ecosystems and with the wolves a serious public health and safety concern over disease carried and spread by wolves. These experts were scoffed, demonized, ridiculed, scorned and laughed at, if not deliberately ignored.

People for the most part bought into the notion, that this would be a good thing. Now that the wolves have taken root and we are witness to their destruction and disease, while making impacts directly on ranchers and many citizens of several of the Western States, what they were warned of once is now coming to pass.

Like terrorists wanting to use planes for weapons of mass destruction, the impact of wolves is making for victims everywhere. It’s time to go to war.

But how will this war be fought?

That strategy is unclear and the army is still being gathered. The more far reaching the impacts of the wolves on victims becomes, the easier it is becoming to recruit volunteers to the army. Ranchers have always been on the front lines, followed by hunters who began seeing first hand what was going on. Now that residents in both rural and urban settings are witness to wolves in their backyards and learning about the threat of disease, they want to join up. The too care little for what they are seeing.

As the army builds, discussions mount on the best way to fight the battle. Emotions run deep and for some this battle has been fought for many years. For others, the fight is new, the passion runs feverish but the learning curve is slow to spike. Some want all wolves killed, others seeking only to work within the system to create better controls, while many think taking the battle to the courtroom is the best bet.

What is clear is that in pure numbers, the environmentalists, who work just as hard to protect their wolves, are now outnumbered. But the war isn’t fought with just people. Money and access to it, is the weapon of choice and in that perspective, the environmentalists have a much greater arsenal and many more years of experience. They know how to play on the emotions of people and then beg for their money.

The public relations battle is changing face. The environmentalists own the media and have been successful for decades in convincing people to send them their money. That balance is slowly shifting more in favor of the wolf warriors wanting control. They have a long way to go and as they better organize, they are beginning to see results.

Another aspect of this war of the wolves is the political one. As we head into a mid-term election and politicians, seeing that incumbency no longer holds the power it once did, we can expect them to jump on the bandwagons of those making the most noise. Those seeking to control wolves don’t much care what stripes politically a person sports. They just want wolves stopped and will work with anyone of the same mindset.

My assessment is that the army is still in training. D-Day might begin sometime right after June 15, 2010. On that day, Judge Donald Molloy will hear testimony in a case in which he will decide if wolves will remain delisted and mostly under control of the states or whether to return the wolves to Federal protection. When that decision is rendered, the commanding officers who are preparing for battle, will align troops accordingly.

Will the battle remain local? In other words, it would seem that if Judge Molloy keeps the wolves delisted, the war then becomes local, fighting for a different and better wolf management plan. Some strategists have called for a complete restructuring of fish and game departments, while at the same time encouraging voters to head to the poles and vote all wolf lovers out of office.

But what if Judge Molloy decides to put the wolf back under Federal protection. The strategy surely will change. Battle will need to be waged with the Federal Government. Will this happen while going around the support of the states or will the army need to bolster their arsenal from the state coffers and Legislatures?

Make no mistake about it though. War has been declared. Posturing has already started and if the army being assembled can remain a unified force and build a cache of financial support, the battle will be fierce.

Tom Remington