Letter - Where is all this wolf tourism?

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Our growing local wolf population has been a topic of increased, and sometimes emotional, discussion. I find it quite interesting that individuals from the opposite end of our country feel a need to offer us advice on how we should act and feel on the topic.

Forget our concerns regarding livestock and wildlife. We’re told, instead, to be thankful for the influx of tourism dollars provided by wolf watchers.

Has anyone in the area met a wolf watcher? There are probably more of them here than in, say, New Jersey but few versus none is hardly a comparison.

Contrary to what one might find posted on the Internet by a very few individuals, the vast majority of us do not condone the torture of animals.

Since folks from the other coast don’t know us well, assumptions-based on Internet postings too easily, it appears, become accepted as truth. The real truth is the introduction of wolves does create a number of issues and concerns for ranchers and property owners, for hunters and wildlife managers and for all members of the local population.

The landscape here is not the same as when Lewis and Clark traveled through 200 years ago. One should not have to be a local to understand that.

We manage our wildlife numbers with the use of science. We manage our forests and wetlands similarly. Wolves are now a part of the local landscape. Science, not blind emotion, should be utilized in their regard.

Wolf tourism? It must be a New Jersey thing.

Scott Landwehr

Walla Walla

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