I find writing about the Idaho wolf situation a challenge. There is rarely anything but bad news coming from that state and I don’t want to innundate you with that. And I feel, as many do, an immense frustration about how Idaho fails to appreciate the great wealth of natural resources it holds, especially wolves. It reminds me of my days in Alaska, so much wilderness and wildlife, yet also so much ignorance.
I’m grateful we have strong forces in Idaho speaking up for wolves. Garrick Dutcher, program director for Living with Wolves, is one such individual. He and his Idaho based organization are a primary source for educating the world about wolves. They are active politically, supporting science based decisions in the management of wolves. Their website is one of the best places to visit to stay informed on what’s going on in wolfdom. And if you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure and read The Hidden Life of Wolves by Jim and Jamie Dutcher. Truly an amazing book.
Today, Garrick’s extremely informative editorial appeared in the Idaho Statesman. I’ve copied it here to share with you. Thanks, Garrick and Living with Wolves, for standing in the front line in the ever difficult battle to protect Idaho wolves.
Garrick Dutcher: Back off wolf crusade and dispel dark cloud over Idaho