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Page 4 Wednesday, June 13, 2012 " The Adams County Record Guest Opinion Side to the Wolf BY TIM FOLKE I have enjoyed the Record's series on Do Wolves Benefit the Ecosystem? As with any debate, there are two sides to this issue, and I'd like to question the irony whereby any of us human beings may ask: Do Wolves Benefit the Ecosystem? I am the first to agree if a wolf is directly and immanently threatening one's life or livelihood, it should be destroyed immediately. And, I realize the carnivorous nature of Canis Lupus leads to brutal and at times ghastly lingering deaths of its prey. There is no point in denying this unpleasant reality; humans have done the same and worse in times past to their own kind. I have seen wolves twice in Adams County, and have heard them howl on two separate occasions. Both the sight and sound of these creatures stirs me deeply, for I treasure beauty, and seeing and hearing the wolf in his natural setting is -- for me -- the apotheosis of Mother Nature's beauty incarnate; it is a haunting enchantment that resonates utterly to the very depths of my soul. From time immemorial wolves and Man have clashed. But the wolf is simply part of Nature. Like humans, he is one of God's creatures. And, God (or Nature if you prefer) made nothing in vain. God does not make mistakes. Reading anti-wolf literature one wonders how elk, for instance, managed to survive before the coming of the protective hand of Man. Yet, for those willing to listen, a troubling testimony to Man's benevolence may be heard from the silent souls of the Heath Henl Passenger Pigeon, Tasmanian Tiger, Carolina Parakeet, Moa, Stellar Sea Cow, and Ivory Billed Woodpecker, to name a few. It is a question Of values. Is human life of greater worth than that of his fellow mammals? Do human beings possess innate value regardless of how increasingly useless (if not downright harmful) they are, or how their swelling numbers swarm this planet? Man has divorced himself from Nature, having set himself up as God, both in his religious doctrine and his secular dogma. In the former he asserts he was created in God's image. In the latter his mendacious mantra declares all men are created equal. Yet men are not equal -- Man is part or lack of opportunity or education. I cannot discuss the wolf outside the realm of anthropomorphism, and so I ponder if the wolf- were to speak to us, what might he say? We, the wolves, have strong family values, practice eugenics, mate solely with the opposite sex as we were designed to do, work for our meals, mate for life, and our mothers leave their babies safely in their wombs. We refrain from littering and polluting, we punish the indigent, we select our leaders strictly on basis of merit, and we protect diversity through the avoidance of cross- breeding. In all these things we are obedient to Mother Nature. All are characteristics that in generations past you had, O Man, but now Mother Nature sees less of. In times past the argument could have been made that some Men were of greater value than some of we fellow mammals. But no longer is this the case -- of Nature and in Nature, you, O Man, are rapidly nothing is equal. Yet Man is also quite conscious he has fallen far, far short of his self- proclaimed ideal as lord over Nature, and once again the dual polar ideologies of religious losing any remaining justification for your existence on this planet, and all creation groans in travail for the evils you have wrought on others and yourselves. Look you into the mirror -- see you theology and secular-any righteousness? What humanism provide an manner of being are you~ answer acceptable to him, that you declare war on the former by means ofMother Nature? the doctrine of original We of Nature's kingdom sin, and the latter through have but one question placing blame on external for you, O Man: Do factors, be it poverty, human beings benefit the discrimination, oppression ecosystem? BY DALEFISK Commission is in the Idaho Fish and Gameprocess of revising its is participating in a five-year elk management University of Idaho survey plan, and would like public about elk hunting in Idaho, input on this topic. and what elk hunters like Some future strategies and don't like. are being considered for Participants are improved elk management. being asked about their The questionnaire has experiences hunting elk, been mailed to a random and how they feel about sample of 6,200 people Fish and Game restrictions who purchased elk general on elk hunting. The hunting tags in Idaho Idaho Fish and Game in 2011. Anyone who received a questionnaire in the mail should go to the website it lists. Anyone else interested is encouraged to take the survey online at the Idaho Fish and Game website at http://fishandgame.idaho. gov. The survey is down on the left side of the web page. It takes about ten minutes to complete. The closing date is Friday, June 22. New program to assist landowners FROM TIlE ADAMS COUNTY WEED DEPT. Due to new requirements, the Adams Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) has changed the chemical Cost Share Program. Weno longer can give chemical to private landowners, but have anew program to assist landowners. In an effort to help landowners in this battle against noxious weeds, the Adams CWMA has a project to assist with herbicide purchases. To further assist landowners and encourage adjoining landowners to combine their efforts in weed control, the cost share program will pay a larger portion of the control costs for group applications. General Information to Applicants: CWMA chemical cost reimbursements must be for State Listed Noxious Weeds. Private landowners are eligible for reimbursement of a percentage of herbicide costs with a maximum payment of $150, or as funding is available. Groups of individual landowners are eligible for reimbursement of a percentage of herbicide costs and $170 per individual in the group, or as funding is available. Backpack sprayers, ATV sprayers, ATV seeder and hand operated seed spreaders are available as loaners. Attach your receipts for herbicides purchased, plus a timesheet showing time spent spraying and type of equipment used (backpack sprayer, ATV, tractor sprayer, etc.). If you are having the work done by a commercial applicator, be sure to have the applicator itemize the herbicide costs. Labor costs cannot be reimbursed. Applicants could receive additional funding at the conclusion of the year if funds remain. This is however, unknown until final reporting is completed in November and no guarantee is made to the availability. Bring your receipts and timesheet to the Weed Control office after the spraying has been completed. Applications will be reviewed by the Adams CWMA and reimbursement made to qualifying persons. Requests for reimbursement must be made by Nov 1st, 2012 in order to be considered! Required items: Receipt of your purchase Applicator record provided by the ISDA on the back side of form provided (completed) For more information, call 208-253-4669 or email: weeds@ctcweb.net Motorcych FROM TIlE IDAHO leading to Hell's Canyon via ambulance to St. STATE POLICE Dam. John S. 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