In his Dec. 27 editorial, Mike Leahy criticized the wolf recovery plans of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. He stated that the state plans allow for 70 percent of wolves to be killed, and also that these "radical reductions" were approved before wolves even met recovery goals set by wolf biologists. The "core requirement" that wolves need to function as one connected population is a revealing statement indeed.
In attempting to argue for a "regionwide stakeholder process," Leahy and the Defenders of Wildlife have omitted a few details.
The North American Wildlife Conservation Model was born by private citizens to address their own self-interests, not those of pre-Colombian visionaries. The preferences promoted by Leahy and Defenders overtly ignore the U.S. Constitution, which grants the states exclusive jurisdiction over wildlife within their borders. Wolf numbers exceed federal introduction goals by 300 percent. Wolves will never be recovered until they reoccupy the entire continent under the Yukon to Yellowstone initiative, which is what the one connected population "core requirement " means in Leahy's article. The wolf biologists referred to in Leahy's op-ed are those who agree with Defenders of Wildlife.
Montana is the only state that ignored the interests of its citizens and the Constitution and caved in to the feds.
The preferences of the states should hold sway, not the interests of environmental groups such as the Defenders of Wildlife, which are attempting to enforce an elitist, socialist, Utopian nirvana on the states of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and their citizens.
Scott E. Cassel