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Wolf Crossings

A Rural Viewpoint On Wolf Reintroduction And Protection

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Updated 9-06



With Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
For the story behind the story...

Saturday May 27, 2000 12:51 PM EST

Federal Agents Help Ted Turner Round Up Wild Wolves

Jim Ridgeway, writing in his "Mondo Washington" column for the Village Voice, details "one of the sickest wildlife programs in recent memory."

Hold on to your seat belts for this one.

Ridgeway reveals that you, the taxpayer, are forking over big bucks for a project to capture wolves that prey on cattle.

No cowboys riding horses and swinging lassos here.

According to Ridgeway, the wolves are "being rounded up by helicopters manned by federal agents armed with dart guns."

The story gets worse.

After the federal agents have "darted" the wolves, they are collected and sent "to media mogul Ted Turner's Flying D Ranch south of Bozeman, Montana, where they are to be fitted with electric shock collars."

Once fitted with such collars, the wolves are tested and put near the cattle. Anytime they go near the tasty cattle - zap!!! - they are hit with an electronic jolt. [Where are the animal lovers on this one? Sounds like a very cruel thing to do to animals.]

The Pavlovian belief is that wolves will "learn" to stay away from cattle.

If they don't "learn," the federal Fish and Wildlife Service and Turner plan on killing the wolves en masse. [This would make a great CNN special.]

Ed Bangs, who heads the project for Fish and Wildlife, tells Ridgeway, "We're going to try to teach these wolves that livestock aren't prey items."

Sounds great, but whose going to teach Uncle Ted and the feds the American taxpayer isn't easy prey either?