Yes, the project certainly is controversial. I work at a motel owned by a ranching family. They are very nice, well-educated, decent folk--not screamers, nor unreasonable, nor ignorant. However, they are understandably against the wolf reintroduction project. I mention this family lest some of you city folk have a picture in your minds that all who are against the project are a bunch of ignorant, illiterate, inbred rednecks. Some of them are, of course! But many are 4th and 5th generation landowners, who actually make a living out on the land.
So, yes, there are pros and cons. But to me, that recording says it all. Wild wolves, in the wild, where they belong! I love it, and although I can understand the ranchers' problems with it, I still side with the wolves.
While it's true these "government wolves" weren't very wild to begin with, and would get into people's garbage cans, and in one case I heard of, up on someone's PORCH down on the Blue, the idea is that if several generations are born in the wild, which is happening now, then they can LEARN to be wild again, hopefully. Wolves do learn how to be wolves from the rest of the pack. The pups are taught by the elders. No one ever said this would happen overnight.
There is a point of no return unremarked at the time in most lives. Graham Greene The Comedians
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