I wish I still felt this way. Unfortunately, the people who hate wolves hate the government. While we politely rally for the wolves, the haters have them in their gunsights — quite literally. Sometimes rebels are merely criminals and thugs who bathe themselves in blood.
Fourteen years after those initial reintroductions, the wolves continue to struggle, however. It is not because they are not doing their part. They are forming packs – family units – breeding, raising young and killing elk and deer. They are fulfilling their role in the ecosystem. We need to fulfill our role as stewards, as people with a responsibility to these animals, their ecosystem, and to future generations of Americans. We must ensure that these animals have a chance and that our children can hear their howls decades from now. There is strong support from the public for that. Now we need our government at all levels to get that message.