Target: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Goal: Preserve and relocate wolf packs that become problematic to farmers instead of killing them off
Recently, the Department of Fish and Wildlife made the difficult decision to hunt down a pack of wolves that reportedly killed or injured 17 or more cattle at the Diamond M ranch in Washington state. The department used trained sharpshooters to kill the creatures from a helicopter, ending half a dozen lives and wiping out the entire pack. While the department was saddened to solve this most problematic issue by ending the lives of these animals altogether, they were not without options. Wolves suspected or witnessed guilty of killing ranch cattle are only doing what they, as predatory hunting animals, are instinctively motivated to do. They should not be killed because of their instincts, especially when alternative solutions exist.
Wolf relocation efforts are certainly complex and challenging endeavors, but it is difficult to believe that a department so devoted to preserving the wellbeing of these beautiful creatures would destroy them because there are no alternative options. Despite the difficulty of these options, they should have been tried before the Wedge Pack, the name given to this particular group of wolves, was wiped out. Residents of the local area often complain that they do not feel comfortable sharing territory with predatory animals such as wolves, completely forgetting that the vast expansion of human society has encroached so severely on the wolf habitat that, without extensive and dedicated preservation efforts, these animals would have nowhere to go. It is an absurd reason to kill off wolves because they are living, behaving, and surviving like wolves.
Wolves also play a vital role in the ecosystem, and for years the Fish and Wildlife Department has accomplished commendable things on behalf of the environment and its habitat, but more is expected of them. Wolves are precious and endangered creatures that deserve a life without such detrimental human interference. While this was certainly a difficult decision for the department to make, they must be told that many are deeply concerned about the nature of these shootings. Wolves cannot and should never be dealt out a death sentence for their natural behavior.
Dear Department of Fish and Wildlife,
Thank you immensely for your efforts in conserving the environment and its millions of inhabitants for so long. Your labor is commendable and you set a positive example for a generation that is growing less empathetic towards wildlife and more entranced by technology and expansion. Still, it is grievous that you have made the decision to kill off an entire pack of wolves that were responsible for cattle deaths. These wolves died when other options were available. Truly, any relocation efforts would be difficult and expensive, but they should have been attempted before a group of these beautiful creatures was killed at your hand.
Please strive for alternative methods in the future. Wolves suffer from human expansion that yearly decreases their territory and tempts them with pent up cattle that are easy targets for any predatory animal. This situation is the fault of humans, and your department was in control of the solution. Instead of taking responsibility for cattle deaths and striving to move the wolves to a different location, an easier path was taken that ended their lives. This is irresponsible, and I urge you to choose a different path in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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