Like it or not the wolf is alive and well in Idaho. We've even had wolves sighted very close to Mountain Home recently. Wolves are an extremely controversial issue in Idaho it seems. I'd even go so far as saying there doesn't seem to be many people in Idaho who don't have a strong opinion about these animals. By this I mean you either support the idea of protecting the wolf or you want wolves to disappear completely.
Two Sides to Every Story – Maybe Three?
On one side of the fence Idaho has a huge ranching industry and their viewpoint is that wolves are not too good for their business. On the other side of the fence there is a relatively large and growing conservation community living in Idaho who would like nothing better than to see the wolf not only survive, but thrive.
While I've never seen a three sided fence, I'd say there is a small minority of folks in Idaho that could be considered fence-sitters. This third group thinks there is room enough for a limited number of wolves to be allowed to roam wild and free.
Wolf Websites for YOU to Browse
I suspect there isn't much anyone can say that can change the minds of either camp in this wolf controversy. Both sides are active in advocating their viewpoint and trying changing minds and hearts in various ways. Today I bring you two websites that take opposing sides to the wolf issue.
Wolf Crossing Website
The owner/maintainer of the Wolf Crossing website advocate, at a minimum, highly regulating the Idaho and US population of wolves. This website has some stories and documentation about the negative sides of wolves.
Ralph Maughan's Wildlife News Website
The webmaster/maintainer of this website is quite vocal about his position of growing and protecting the wolf population in the US. I might even go so far as saying “Wildlife News” takes an almost militant viewpoint and attitude when it comes to advocating his pro-wolf viewpoint.
How the Bondyweb.Com Stands on the Wolf Issue
This issue is pretty hot in the State of Idaho but that shouldn't stop me from taking a side. But I'm one of those few fence sitters. On one hand the ranching community provides a large number of jobs and income for Idahoans. On the other hand, a healthy ecosystem cannot be truly healthy without all of the native species involved and that includes the wolf.
As it stands as of post time of this article, it may not matter what you think. The Idaho Statesman ran an article telling us the Federal Government has just asked the the wolf be put back on the Endangered List.
I guess I will keep on reading the Wolf Crossing and the Wildlife News now and into the future. Maybe once I have lived here long enough I will see which side of the wolf issue I will support. Until then, I will continue learning and gathering facts.
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