Letter: Health and wolves

Editor:

I think the article written by the Courier’s senior editor, Tim Wiederaenders, about our Mexican wolves was full of political lies! Having 300 wolves to buffer against extinction is clearly not enough and you don’t need a science degree to figure that out especially when there were only seven individuals to begin with.

Wildlife should be able to go where Mother Nature steers them and the Grand Canyon area is perfect habitat for them but not to some politician sitting at a desk taking handouts. Wolves and predators are not causing ranchers to go out of business when only 5 percent of all livestock deaths are caused by ALL predators, the real culprit is health and weather per USDA stats.

It’s very sad that ranchers willing to use non-lethal methods (and having great success) are afraid to go public because of retaliation from other ranchers who refuse to use the methods. No, the new rules for Mexican wolf recovery are nothing but smoke and mirrors and will do nothing to improve the plight of these wolves and restore our wild lands to a balanced state.

Science is being thrown out the window and replaced with money, greed and politics and unless we the people stand up to them, things will only get worse.

Kathy Cheatham

Laveen