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Wolves shouldn’t be allowed through Colorado’s door

There are so many golf courses in Colorado that elk have become a real nuisance and expense. Maria Lough (“My Side,” Sept. 3-4) believes that there is an overpopulation of elk, and the old and week elk need to be thinned by the reintroduction of wolves: People are just not shooting enough game.Old elk, pregnant females, elk calves are easy prey for wolves. While fixing fence I have heard a deer cry for an hour while being eaten alive by coyotes. My relatives in Idaho near Yellowstone tell how elk are degutted, their calves ripped out of their bellies by wolves and the elk eaten while still alive. While our cow was calving, coyotes chewed on her spine, then ate the calf. This left the cow paralyzed. What kind of a mean, depraved, bloodthirsty society are we becoming?”Voices from the Kansas Frontier” from “Pioneer Women” by Joanna Stratton should be read by all wolf-lovers: “In the summer of 1872 and ’73, recalled S.N. Hoisington, the gray wolves and cayotes were very numerous. It was not safe to go out across the prairies without a weapon.” His mother, a nurse, recalls taking care of a sick woman whose husband was away working in Salina on the railroad. The odor of the sick woman attracted the wolves, and they grew bolder and bolder. The wolves kept scratching at the door. They shot and killed one, but they would renew their attack. The woman died. While they were waiting for her husband to return, the wolves became more determined than ever to get in. The nurse killed one with an ax as it clawed through the door, and she shot one coming through the window.Dr. James Smith, DVM, from Sun City, Ariz., said: “I hear over and over the statement that there has been no record of a wolf attacking or injuring a human in North America. A few years back, a young female student biologist in Ontario, Canada, was killed by a pack of wolves.”In Yellowstone Park, the rangers warn people that wolves will kill their pets. In the winter, the elk and deer are in farm fields and golf courses near the homes. Wolves will be nearby, and they will not only kill game, but cats, dogs, calves, hogs, sheep, chickens and children. They run horses through barbed-wire fences and in the summer won’t let horses graze.Shooting game to thin the herds is a lot more humane than letting wolves torment them and eat them while they are still alive.Winifred Richardson, a former rancher, is a resident of Glenwood Springs, and lived in New Castle for more than 50 years.Winifred Richardson, a former rancher, is a resident of Glenwood Springs, and lived in New Castle for more than 50 years.

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