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We must protect animals

October 20, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

I am writing in response to the Oct. 14 article about the unleashing of hurtful vengeance on the Minnesota and Wisconsin grey wolf ("Anticipation at a fever pitch for wolf hunts.") Did you know that hunters also are permitted to include wolf pups in their blood-thirsty hunt? They can trap, shoot and even gas them. The federal government has just lifted endangered species protection for wolves in Wyoming.

These are desperate times for wolves in Wyoming. Wolves have been an icon for the American Indians for generations. They are majestic and secretive but beautiful creatures who have earned a safe haven on this planet to socialize, breed and thrive. They are eluding evasive ghosts who have stood the test of time.

My husband and I raised Alaskan timber wolves for nine years. The love and loyalty they exude is nothing short of phenomenal. Our shadow of the timer was a white Alaskan timber wolf. She was dynamic and strong, but never vicious. If you've ever had a wolf pup in your hands, the surge of adrenaline is one of total abandonment. I have bathed, nurtured and loved these animals. To think of the horrible fate that could be awaiting them is hardly imaginable.

Wyoming's goal is to reduce the wolf population outside Yellowstone National Park by more than 60 percent, allowing hundreds of wolves in most of the state to be killed by any means, for any reason at any time.

The West African subspecies of black rhino was just declared extinct, according to the African Wildlife Foundation. A reminder: extinction is spelled f-o-r-e-v-e-r.

Please remember this our children and grandchildren have the God-given right to view animals live and in person, not in a history book.

Susan K. Chambers


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