Our dear friend and long time BGF member Maury Jones, who writes “Cowboy Commonsense,” an opinion column for Jackson Hole News & Guide. Recently wrote a great piece about wolf predation in Wyoming.
“Wolf scientists said 100 wolves would not hurt the ecosystem. Five hundred wolves is a huge detriment to our wildlife and livestock. The Fish and Wildlife Service says each wolf is responsible for the death of 1.9 elk, or the equivalent prey, each month. Do the math. Because wolves are protected under the Endangered Species Act, ranchers cannot shoot wolves to protect their cattle. That is simply wrong! A person has the God-given right to protect and defend his property, especially his living property of livestock and pets.”
Please read the rest here: Predation by wolves is grief for ranchers
Our friend Maury Jones sure takes a lot of flak from the environmental extremist. This comment jumped out at me that one reader posted. “You are just a speck in the huge pool of citizens in not only Wyoming, but the whole country who have skin in this debate. Whether you like it or not, your opinion on this matter is part of the minority. I know you can’t stand the fact that you or the state of Wyoming does not have control over the National Parks and federal lands within the borders of the state.”
Folks, that pretty well sums up the battle BGF and sportsmen across the country are fighting. It’s imperative that States in our Republic regain stewardship of their lands to protect local interest, local ranchers, local wildlife and lands, to ensure opportunity and abundance.