Letters to the Editor

Marquart letter: Wolves in foothills

It is good news that wolves have been sighted in the outer reaches of the Boise foothills. Wolves are native wildlife. They are just as important to the natural ecosystem as elk (and they keep elk herds healthy). On public land, all wildlife is more appropriate than domesticated livestock. Ranchers get a heavy subsidy to use public lands, but all citizens own public lands. Many citizens question whether livestock should even be allowed on our public lands. Wildlife Services must keep its hands (guns and poisons) off Boise wolves and other predators in our public lands. Public lands shouldn’t be sterilized to keep livestock safe. We can coexist with native wildlife in our foothills.

Ron Marquart, Boise