Letters to the Editor

Letter: Wolves

Fear mongering: The use of fear to influence the opinions and actions of others towards some specific end. The feared object or subject is sometimes exaggerated.

Looking at the wolf opinion (May 23). OK, words that invoke fear ... overrun, ruthless, kill, slaughter, invade, destroy, destruction, inundated, jeopardized, disappearing, ravaged, rape, pillage, sacked, massacre, predatory. Check, check and check. Looks like fear mongering is an appropriate label.

Stating he is a farmer, outdoorsman (likely hunter) and real estate agent, I find his quote “our hunting grounds are disappearing” puzzling since two of his stated occupations exist only by the removal of land from wildlife habitat.

Are there fewer deer/elk in the wild since wolf introduction? Absolutely, because a predator missing for 100 years (because of humans) is back. Do hunters see/take less deer/elk? Absolutely, same reason, plus the fact that the deer/elk are no longer fat, lazy and stupid. I can’t help but feel that most of this anti-wolf sentiment consists of fear (throughout history humans have shown they kill what they fear ... even each other), a hatred of competition and longing for the return of a hunting experience where a kill was an expectation, not an achievement.

Chris Lowe, Nampa

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