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The Profanity Peak Pack: Loss of Wolves and Academic Freedom

posted Dec 3, 2016, 2:04 PM by chloe owens

9/11/16, by George Wuerthner, Idaho State Journal

The Profanity Peak Pack: Loss of wolves and academic freedom

The recent killing of six members of the Profanity Pack wolf pack in northeast Washington in retribution for the loss of a few cattle is emblematic of what is wrong with public land policy. As I write, trappers are out to kill the remaining pack members.  What is significant about the destruction of this pack is that the Profanity Peak wolves roamed national forest lands. These are our lands. They belong to all Americans and are part of our national patrimony….it’s important to note that the mere presence of livestock negatively impacts wolves whether they are shot or otherwise killed – something that many livestock supporters are loath to acknowledge. Domestic livestock consume forage that would otherwise support the native prey of wolves like elk. More domestic animals means fewer elk.