Fish and Wildlife Manages Montana Wolves; Will Activists Boycott U.S.?

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / December 25, 2003

The U.S. government's reintroduction of wolves (about 50 brought in from Canada) to Montana included eliminating problem critters that started feeding on ranchers' cattle and sheep. The population goal of wolves was somewhere around 170 to 200 animals. Today, most believe there are about 700.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife keeps track of most major wolf packs by collaring animals with the aid of darts and helicopters. When there are problem animals, an airplane simply locates the pack, then a Fish and Wildlife helicopter comes in to destroy a portion of the pack. This is Fish and Wildlife management.

Why hasn't Friends of Animals boycotted Montana tourism or, better yet, all of U.S. tourism, as the reintroduction of wolves in Montana is a U.S. endeavor?

-- Mark Miller / Anchorage

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