Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Ranches With Wolves: Can livestock ownersand their cowslearn to live with the lobos?

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Environment/Energy Donate to DU
marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:23 AM
Original message
from Mother Jones:

Ranches With Wolves
Can livestock ownersand their cowslearn to live with the lobos?

By Kiera Butler

ONE WARM EVENING early last summer, I found myself in New Mexico's Gila wilderness at Bucky's BBQ Bash. Beyond celebrating the birthday of Bucky Allred, garrulous owner of the Blue Front Bar and Caf (one of two bars in tiny Glenwood), the annual shindig has a higher purpose: raising money to help ranchers get rid of wolves.

By the time I arrived, the party was in full swing. The lot was packed with dirt-encrusted Dodge Rams bearing bumper stickers like "WOLVES: GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED TERRORISTS." Preschoolers in Wranglers and cowboy hats darted around the line snaking from a pavilion where a beef brisket had been smoking all day. As the sun set over pion-and-juniper-studded hills, a man took the stage and played "The Star-Spangled Banner" on his fiddle before leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Reese and Chance, young brothers in pearl-snap shirts, shyly approached the mic. They had given every last penny of their allowances to an anti-wolf group called Americans for Preservation of Western Environment to help protect their dad's cows. The crowd cheered.

The way these folks were talking, you'd think wolves had all but taken over the Gila. Not exactly. The day before, I'd seen wolf country firsthand. Cathy Taylor, a veteran wildlife biologist with the US Forest Service, picked me up from my motel in her Chevy 2500 pickup. As we climbed the switchbacks, open ranchlands gave way to Ponderosa pines and Gambel oaksthe edge of the Mogollon range. A bear cub scampered out in front of us. We pulled off onto an unpaved service path, where Taylor gestured to a dense swath of forest. "This is where the Dark Canyon pack is denning," she said. I asked whether we might see a wolf. Taylor smiled and shook her head. "I really doubt it."

In 1998, the US Fish and Wildlife Service released 11 captive-bred Mexican gray wolves into the newly created Blue Range Wolf Recovery Areacomprising some 10,000 square miles within the Gila and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests. The Mexican gray, often simply called lobo, disappeared from the wild in 1970, and wildlife authorities hoped the reintroductions would help restore balance to the ecosystem. ...............(more)

The complete piece is at:

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:41 AM
Response to Original message
1. recommend
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
abqmufc Donating Member (590 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:42 AM
Response to Original message
2. It is ranchers who need to be phased out....
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 02:59 AM
Response to Reply #2
3. Agreed. (n/t)
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Tue Oct 17th 2017, 12:05 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]

Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Environment/Energy Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC