Most optimistic people would declare from a plan gone bad that there is a lot to be learned in order that the same mistakes aren’t repeated and then they move on. That’s fine but what’s to be said when a seemingly unending train of doing things poorly just keeps rambling on down the tracks, never looking back? Is it ignorance, stupidity, stubbornness, fulfilling agendas – just what is it that makes some things seem just so ridiculous it’s even beyond laughing at?

Gray wolves in parts of the Northern Rockies have become so prolific in some areas, their insatiable appetites for elk, deer and moose have driven those populations to unsustainable levels. But this didn’t really occur by accident.

God only knows how far back down the tracks one would have to go to find where the first mistakes were made that could have prevented the mess Idaho is now facing, but before gray wolves were captured in Canada and released into areas within the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, warnings were issued as to the problems that would present themselves once wolves were allowed to propagate unchecked. Those warnings went unheeded, while those who predicted the future should be viewed as brilliant. Instead they continue to be scoffed and demonized.

In Idaho alone, the plan was that when wolves reached about 150, depending on the number of breeding pairs, federal protections for the animals would be removed and the states could then manage the wolves accordingly. One of the problems facing citizens today is that many of our fish and wildlife departments have been indoctrinated into the theory that nature balances itself out and that man shouldn’t be managing wildlife. Most actually believe that man is the cause of all things bad and in this case all things that go poorly for our ecosystems. Intelligent people understand that science is always in flux, it’s never “balanced” in any sense of Nirvanic splendor and that in order to keep our ecosystems functioning on something that resembles an even keel we must provide wildlife management.

Isn’t it insanity that rules the minds of those who think leaving nature alone is the answer when we can see the results of a semi “leaving nature alone” in the Lolo regions of Northeast Idaho? Because of years of confounded lawsuits and trumped up “science”, gray wolves in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, as well as portions of Oregon, Washington and Utah, have been allowed to “balance” those ecosystems. The hyper protection of predators, essentially disables any fish and wildlife department from functioning in any proper manner that would provide for a healthy environment. The result has been the creation of a predator driven wasteland. This is the result of “letting nature balance things out”.

What is now realized before the eyes of Idaho citizens, is that the Lolo elk herd has shrunk from around 16,000 down to 2,000, reaching unsustainable levels. With some crooked maneuvering in Congress, wolves were taken off the Endangered Species Act list and out of protection by the Federal Government. Now the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is having to resort to paying unbelievable sums of money to slaughter wolves in the Lolo in order to save the elk herd. Does any of this make sense? Is this something crafted by morons? Think about it. Who in their right minds, in an effort to restore a gray wolf population, or any population of animal for that matter, would do so at the expense of destroying another?

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources has begun hearings to discuss the ups and downs of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Few hold out any hope that anything needed will be accomplished from a dysfunctional government body, but one can only hope.

There is much discussion as to whether attempts should be wasted on attempting to make changes to the ESA or whether the entire act should be repealed. Those with understanding know that the ESA is unconstitutional but then again, aren’t most all of the laws that now constrain American citizens unconstitutional?

Even President Obama wants into the act. Last week, the President introduced his own proposal, 84 pages worth, on defining the term “significant portion of its range”. The entire ESA took 47 pages and Obama needs 84 pages to define one term. Either a sure indication the ESA is seriously lacking or Government is nothing more than a waste of words.

While defining the term “significant portion of its range” is important, what happened and is happening in the Northern Rockies is paramount in any discussions involving changes or repealing the ESA. There is something seriously ill about a process that allows the destruction of one species while attempting to recover another. Anybody with half a brain should be able to figure that out. After all, intelligent creatures don’t dispose of their waste in the same water they drink……do they?

Idaho, once a destination for elk hunting, has seen a $3 million loss in revenue since 2008 due to the ravaging destruction caused by wolves…..real or imagined. In addition to this loss of revenue, which by the way, is the major portion of money that is needed to manage and protect all wildlife in Idaho, now the considerably reduced budget of IDFG has to be pilfered to come up with money to pay to save a desecrated elk herd in the Lolo zone. It’s all so maniacal.

Tom Remington