Kirk Robinson: Anti-wolf crusades have no facts behind them
The impending reintroduction of wolves to western Colorado will surely result in wolves soon returning to Utah after nearly a century of absence. Whether they will still be protected under the Endangered Species Act is less certain. If not, there is little doubt that the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, with the blessing of the Utah Legislature, will make plans for “lethal control” in the form of wolf hunts, ostensibly to reduce losses of big game and livestock animals.
The public deserves to know that there is no solid scientific evidence that wolf hunts will benefit prey animals or livestock. None! In fact, there is substantial evidence that killing of the more knowledgeable and capable pack leaders will lead to more predation on livestock by the remaining wolves. Skillful hunting takes skilled hunters.