EDITOR: In his recent Talk of the Town (Moving Goal for Mexican Gray Wolf), Senator Jeff Flake proposed replacing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with a law favoring states and local ranchers as judges over the Mexican gray wolf. Whether science finds a seat at the table may be questionable since the wolf, icon of the Southwest, has been the boogieman of ranchers for some time. Flake’s bill would remove the wolf from the endangered list, an odd proposition considering that from the late 1990s until 2015 its numbers were only in the double digits.
The nostalgic TV Westerns where cowboys drove their cattle across the plains have ended and now that once trampled ground has morphed into highways, cities. The past’s abundant water (one cow needs 20-30 gallons per day), may soon dwindle. Perhaps the real wolf outside the rancher’s door?
Odd the the congressmen would blame it on the wolf and never turn his sights on the huge problem of cattle attempting to remove the wolf and other wildlife and leave the home of others in a putrid wallow of manure and slop.
Science is the way to our healthy environment that the wolf creates. He leaves no heavy footprint of destruction. The Mexican wolf only asks for the right to keep his natural home . Flake is a typical congressmen of little thought and concerned with the jingle in his pocket. He can be bought....His thoughts are for sale.