As of Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Hood River To the editor:
It seems to me that Diana Weston (letter March 18) has been reading too many “big bad wolf” fairy tales in regard to getting a good steak on her table.
It’s easy to portray the wolves into the huffing and puffing your house down bad guys, and yes, Diana, wolves do kill a few calves and cows every year, but I believe those cattle ranchers are compensated for every wolf kill. And just how many calves and cows are killed by wolves every year? I’d like to know.
I bet more cows are killed by cars and trucks every year than wolves (49 cows were killed in September 2012 north of Madras by cars and trucks, 24 cattle killed in 2011 by Klamath Falls by Union Pacific).
It’s too bad that the wolves don’t have a “Wolfman’s Association” (with millions of dollars to back them) like the cattlemen do to support the raising and killing of cattle. Diana makes it seem like it’s bad for a wolf to take a cow’s life, but those cattlemen, they kill them the right way. Dead is dead, Diana.
Get your facts right, Diana, the white man has almost decimated the buffalo and wolf (that’s right, buffalo kill cows, too, right?) populations 100 years ago.
Wolves are not a serious threat to humans or the cattle industry. More cattle are killed every year by weather, rustlers, poisoning, cars, trucks and trains.
The wolves deserve a place on this planet, just like the cows you make a living from.