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Editorial offers a capitalistic wolf solution

[large thumbnail url=”editorial-offers-a-capitalistic-wolf-solution” filename=”editorial” year=”2011″ month=”06″ day=”09″] [thumbnail icon url=”editorial-offers-a-capitalistic-wolf-solution” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”06″ day=”09″] James G. Workman wrote an editorial which appeared on CBS news, and it suggests a cold, hard solution to the wolf issue.

It’s yet another viewpoint, but while I don’t really agree that auctioning off the wolf tags is going to accomplish what Mr. Workman is suggesting, it is clear that anything is preferable in the minds of most to the political warfare which currently surrounds the wolf debate.

(CBS News)

From the moment it leaped out of captivity on Jan. 12, 1995 the wolf has been fruitful and multiplied and replenished the earth. From a dozen Canadian transplants, 1,700 individuals in 250 packs now roam our Rocky Mountain wilds.

So, victory for the Endangered Species Act? Not exactly.

The biological beast runs free. But the symbolic wolf remains caged in purgatory between science and emotion; state and fed officials; activists and ranchers; tourists and hunters. Now, in an unprecedented federal controversy, the wolf has thrust America’s legislative branch against our judicial branch against our executive branch over whether the species has recovered enough to let States control it this fall by hunting.

So, how many wolves is “enough?” This question tests our national and cultural comfort zone; views range from ‘zero’ to ‘a million.’ After decades of paralysis it is time we shut up and answered with our wallets…

Read the entire editorial on cbsnews.com: The call — or cull — of the wild

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