The letter writer on Friday who wants everyone to complain to your representatives about killing more wolves left out a few facts.
The fact is, Montana has plenty of wolves. In fact, elk herds have been drastically diminished in some areas of the state due to wolves, and without a control element, that trend will no doubt continue.
Another fact is that this state benefits in a huge way by keeping elk-hunting a viable part of the economy.
She attacks the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for their stand on the wolf issue. Does she not understand that in some areas of this state, wolves are decimating the elk herd, just as they are in Idaho where the Elk Foundation is also supporting an initiative to help reduce wolf numbers?
The fact is that even with the limited number of wolves killed each year in Montana, their numbers are increasing. An increase in wolf numbers equals a decrease in elk, deer and moose numbers.
In attacking the RMEF for its support of controlling wolf numbers, she forgot to mention the $50,000 grant the same organization gave to FWP to help them count wolf numbers.
Did the pro-wolf organizations chip in?
She misleadingly points out that there will be a bounty for wolves of $1,000. It isn't paid as a bounty but as reimbursement of expenses paid to hunt the wolves. If it costs someone $50 to drive to an area to hunt wolves, they'll be reimbursed $50 —not $1,000.