For many of us, Wednesday is a chance to go to Truth or Consequences to speak out for the protection of wolves. Sadly, it will also be a time when many ranchers in New Mexico will gather once again to whine and complain about wolves and tell us all that wolves, not their sorry management of lands and livestock are at the heart of their failure.
It makes no sense in this time of budget restraints that this group of selfish and anti-government types should have such a voice concerning our public lands. They are welfare ranching and as such should be forced to co-exist with wolves or give up their leases.
Why should a group that contributes so little to our economy, so little to our education, so little to preserving the land-be given such a voice?
At Bold Visions Conservation, we believe that for far too long the conservation community has tried to work with ranchers, this is particularly true of wolf reintroduction in the north where groups like Defender of Wildlife have made millions of dollars fundraising while creating disastrous results by trying to placate with ranchers, that today are resulting in the slaughter of so many wolves in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.
We cannot allow such compromise to happen in New Mexico or see will see the same carnage.
We must make clear to the US Fish and Wildlife Service that wolves, not ranchers belong on our public lands and that we must stop at once subsidizing their lifestyle that includes the killing of so much precious wildlife and the cost of the health of our public lands.
Bold Visions Conservation