Letters to the Editor for Oct. 14, 2011
Wolf tactics don’t always work
To the editor:
I am writing in response to Suzanne Fouty’s recent letter, “A new approach to wolves,” which appeared in the Oct. 5 issue of the Baker City Herald.
Todd Nash, a cattle rancher from Wallowa County, practices excellent animal husbandry and has been very proactive in learning how to best operate within the existing guidelines as they pertain to cattle ranching among wolves. This includes attending Timmothy Kaminski’s 2010 discussion referenced by Fouty, on experimental practices used by cattle ranchers in Canada. Following the discussion, Nash implemented some of the ideas into his cattle management practices, which has included running yearlings with mother cows and significantly increasing human presence. Note: It’s doubtful the practice which Canadian ranchers are seeing some of the better results in helping to reduce the number of wolf depredations which calls for running huge numbers of cattle of all ages together flanked by several “24-7” outriders, is something Forest Service officials — including Ms. Fouty, a Forest Service hydrologist — would ever allow.
Despite the proactive efforts of Todd Nash, he still has incurred significant losses, including the recent gruesome death of a calf confirmed as a wolf kill by ODFW biologists. Note: The calf was killed despite significant human activity in the area before and during the confirmed kill. In fact, a hunter was camped only about 400 yards from where the wolf kill took place. I think it’s important to note that the majority of these kills are happening on private ground that he leases, not Forest Service ground.
Regarding compensation: Mr. Nash states he has never applied for, nor received any compensation from the state of Oregon. He has, however, submitted a kill report to the nonprofit organization, Defenders of Wildlife.
By Fouty’s own recommendations outlined in her recent proposal for a new “Adaptation Fund,” Todd Nash would remain eligible for compensation; he has been very proactive, has implemented changes, and still has suffered loss as a result of wolf depredation.
Ranchers have tried to co-exist
To the editor:
At times we read words so preposterous we are moved to respond. Such is the case with the recent letter from Suzanne Fouty. Anyone who has not lived through what Mr. Nash and other ranchers have been dealing with in relation to wolves should be ashamed to make the statements that were made in that letter.
The two wolves Ms. Fouty is referring to are only two of many that stalk, traumatize and ultimately murder livestock. She attacks Mr. Nash as though he has some control over the decimation to his cattle. He does not. What I find appalling (her word choice) is that ranchers have to resort to using these methods to try to deter the wolves. The methods have been expensive, not only to the ranchers but to the taxpayers as well, and time consuming. Yet the rancher still has to deal with the heart-wrenching, fatiguing reality that his cattle are not safe and will continue to be traumatized and tortured by the wolves.
The ranchers have spent countless hours and sleepless nights trying to protect the animals they love and the livelihood they cherish. The ranchers have been to Salem for eight long years trying to work on wolf plans and methods by which to “coexist” with the wolf. Many of the surviving cattle have been so traumatized they will not return to the same pastures and are terrified of ranch dogs. Cattle that have been chewed on by a wolf suffer such infection their muscles will shrivel. Good, young cows have to be sent to market because they no longer have a calf by their side.
You see, Ms. Fouty, monetary “compensation” is not what the rancher is about. We care deeply about our livestock and our way of life. Ms. Fouty states that wolves, watersheds, taxpayers and other businesses need to stop being punished. How misguided can one be? The ranching community helps feed the world, pays the majority of the tax dollars used to support our towns and businesses, takes care of the land and helps support wildlife. What does the wolf have to offer?
Mining can stimulate economy
To the editor:
The election is coming and all the politicians seem to agree that we have to stimulate the economy and create jobs. We heard no good explanations of how this was to be accomplished. Our country is facing economic breakdown unless we do something soon.
Most politicians now realize that we cannot go on spending more than we earn forever, so the talk about cutting expenses. Good, but where does the money come from to carry on the rest of our needs?
Stimulating Wall Street and printing money won’t get it. That only postpones the inevitable.
To solve the problem we must first understand why we have the troubles. The answer is “freedom.” Our country was once the best, most prosperous place on Earth. This was made possible because we had land and the freedom to recover its produce and resources which created new wealthy and fueled expanding manufacturing industries that provided necessities and niceties of life.
We have regulated ourselves out of business and are living on borrowed money and spending the previously accumulated wealth of our nation to buy things that we will not let ourselves produce.
If we really want to save our country, it can be done, if our leaders have the guts to do it. The wrong-headed policies and regulations that prevent us from going to work must be reversed or put on hold until our economy recovers.
For example. We estimate that in the Baker area there are approximately 140 small mine operations being held up by the Forest Service and BLM that could be producing. The economic impact of mining is high because it has a multiplier effect of $30 benefit for every dollar worth of minerals recovered.
If each of these mines recovered half an ounce of gold per day this would mean $850 x 20 productive days per month, which equals $71.4 million additional new wealthy would be added to the economy of our state per month. Much of this would be spent locally. Plus at least 300 new jobs would be created. If regulations were relaxed statewide the economic impact would be a major stimulus to our entire economy.