Miss. M 
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Re: “Raising Fish Game

Dear Bill, My boyfriend and I read your article over the weekend, and we could not agree more with your thoughts on the needed changes at the Department of Fish and Game. It seems to be an organization that is unbalanced in it's mindset and it's ability to solve problems with all of the different species of animals that we are so privileged to have in our beautiful state. I agree that our predator and prey population of animals also seems to be unbalanced, and I am under the impression most of this is becasue of human involvment. Why are we reintroducing wolves into Idaho anyway? Isn't it because they were hunted or killed to the verge of excintion? Not only is that a tragedy but because the natural predators are gone, we get an unbalance in our elk and deer herds. So then the deer and elk are in a place where there are too many of them and not enough food. Isn't this because the way God intended it to work was ruined by humans and there ignorance? With the 8 to 10 deer that come in my yard once or twice a week to nibble on plants, I am sure we have no shortage of prey animals. There is plenty of food for the predator animals and for the hunters. Also the wolves were there first. The cougars we there fisrt. They have always been there. We have come and encroached on there land and there way of living. Why can't we be compassionate about that? Putting livestock near predators territory, is that there fault if they are hungry and are only doing what there instincts tell them to do? Not to mention the cattle industry is soarly out of balance, the inhumane and unethical treatment of cattle is somehting this country is going to have to address as well (I guess that's another story). I also agree that we need funding to come from other sources than just hunting and fishing licenses. And just becasue you may spend a little money on your licenses does not make you any kind of expert on animals and the environment. I think that people that love animals should also have a voice in how they are handled in emergency situations. I do think we need a facility to care for the injured, or the abaonded until they can be re-released to the wild. I also agree that we need to change the name of Fish and Game to Fish and Wildlife, to show that the mind set has changed and broadened. It would be different if hunters actually cared about animals and the food they bring. But in this day and age, I know of no one who has to go hunting in order for them to keep there there family from starving. Most hunters kill for the sport of it, which in my opinion is a serious indication of something wrong with them. The Indian's would hunt for only what they needed to survive, and they respected the animals as food but also as spiritual creatures that were part of the beautiful web of life. They also used every part of the animal so that nothing was wasted. People that hunt now, or the way Fish and Game seems look at animals, is so far removed from what is right, it is disheartening and makes our state look stuck in the dark ages. Do you think you could write a follow up to your article on how to help get the changes made at the Fish and Game? What can a person do to help facilitate a broader healthier approach to the creatures that make this planet more beautiful and exciting? One last thing, why were the 3 cougar cubs orphaned in the first place? In thanks, Miss. M

Posted by Mikayla Latta on 02/04/2008 at 10:50 AM

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