The View tackled a story about Ashley Judd's commercial attacking Sarah Palin's support of the shooting of wolves to cull the packs from the air. This action theoretically let's Caribou proliferate. Unfortunately, the whole View crew should have read up on how wolves affect an the total ecosystem. Palin has not been using science to back her program. Whoopi leaves you wondering where her head is at. She makes claims of being familiar with the need to cull certain animals to help them from life experience. Hasselback just spews ignorance in pretty much every topic she covers, and doesn't disappoint this time.
But here is some wolf facts they don't consider:
In a pack of wolves, only the Alpha Male and Females are allowed to breed. The others in the Pack help hunt and raise the pups of the pack. So if you kill the stronger males or females, you are basically weakening the whole pack. (Sterilization is not the answer either, as the weaker will then mate.) Instead of the strongest and smartest leading, you’ll have inexperienced, weaker wolves in charge.
With a weaker wolf hunting base, elk and Caribou herds will lose the natural predator that keeps the sick and weak from overwhelming and weakening the herds. At the same time, hunters will be taking down the strong elk, leaving the herds heavy with weak sick animals.
Wolves do not hunt the strong bull elk that humans prefer to hunt. They go after young, wounded and sickly animals. By taking them out of the equation, you are not ensuring there are more animals for hunters to hunt, but rather ensuring that there won’t be desirable animals to hunt in the future.
Back in 1983 there was a movie called Never Cry Wolf that touched on this issue years ago.
[UPDATE 9:15 p.m.] Five to Ten Acre Fire Burning Near Hyampom - The fire is burning northwest of Hyampom in the area of two former fires, the Sims (2004) and the Saddle (2015) this Tuesday evening.
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