Colorado took a mostly no-wolf stance Wednesday night in passing a resolution against reintroducing the Mexican or gray wolf, angering animal activists who argue the predator won’t kill livestock, but is needed to kill other animals.
“We should kick out cattle. Wolves belong here,” said Kia Bridges of the Boulder Rad-ish Collective. “If you bring back a predator, it puts an ecosystem back the way it is supposed to be. It would get prey animals moving.”
The argument that wolves will only chase and kill elk and other critters, forgoing the docile cattle and sheep on the menu, is laughable.
But so is the theory pushed by protesters at last night’s parks and wildlife commissioners meeting that wolves with no historical range in the state have more right to live here than people.
The commission voted 7-4 against intentional releases of the wolves, which doesn’t preclude unintentional releases of the wolves.
We applaud state wildlife officials for taking a stand against bringing in predators to put ranchers out of business, but ultimately, it will be up to the Interior Department whether or not to resettle wolf refuges in the high country.
We expect wolves to begin unintentionally wandering across our borders in greater numbers in the coming days, and that federal officials, in hand-holding solidarity with animal activists, will redefine historical range to include the paths of daily commuters.