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A DISMAL WOLF HEARING

UDWR’s fifth and final wolf hearing at the Northern Regional Advisory Council was predictably horrid. Sneers, falsehoods, and all the lies and paranoia that led to killing wolves “the first time” in America were vibrant in the gathered throng of ranchers and hunters. The RAC welcomed the defiance with cheery, anti-wolf compliance.

It was also disappointing: fellow HUPC board member Dave Jorgensen and I could find only half a dozen wolf supporters present. Where were all of those we had expected to welcome the wolf’s return to the Uintas?

We watched a panel of men embrace the Farm Bureau and hunters who fear wolves will get their sheep or the buck they think their license entitles them to kill. An intelligent discussion on the future of Utah wolves could not take place within such a culture of fear and greed. The hearing was never to have taken place in such a rabid hall. It did and our presence was futile.

May wolf find refuge in the wild. It won’t in Utah.

Margaret Pettis


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