Utah: Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.
Recent legislation coming out of Utah smacks of fear mongering rooted in fairytales, Senator Allen Christenson makes wildly inaccurate claims about the impact wolves will have on the State and two major outdoors retailers sponsor senseless "predator derbies" in which contestants vy to rack up the most points (three points for a wolf).
I discuss these recent threats to wolf recovery and attempt to dispel some of the more rampant myths in a High Country News blog "It's Time to Put Aside the Fairytales."
We need to tackle the Little Red Riding Hood mentality that frequently (and unfortunately) is part of any dialogue regarding wolves, with the facts.
** Be sure to join the more than 80,000 people who have signed this petition to urge Cabela's to end its unsportsmanlike sponsorship of predator derbies.