Judd Cooney wrote an interesting article published in the current issue of “Predator Xtreme”. (1) The matter at hand is the reintroduction of the Gray Wolf into Colorado. The last Gray Wolf in Colorado was killed around 1940. (2) The Gray Wolf is on the Endangered Species Act but has been removed from that list is some states in the Northern Rockies. (3-6) It has further been suggested that the Gray Wolf has reached a population where the numbers indicate the animal should be removed from the Endangered Species Act. (7,8)
Cooney’s article caught my eye because don’t like wolves. To be clear I don’t like the thought of being eaten by wolves. On the other hand I know it is unlikely any wolf will ever seek me out, driven by intent, malice, curiosity, hunger, or accidental intersection and try to eat me. I have seen wolves in the wild on two separate occasions. Each time we were at a comfortably safe distance from each other. Admittedly, of all predators wolves rank high among those I prefer to avoid.
The Predator Xtreme article, whatever my opinion of wolves in general, did fail a sniff with one particle word – liberal. The word was written paired with ignoramuses. While I would certainly not be considered a liberal neither am I a conservative. No, if you’d feel a need to “label” me you’d have to choose “moderate”. In other words, I won’t jump on an issue without reading enough to allow me an informed decision. In some circumstances I lean toward conservative and other a more liberal position. So, when I read “liberal ignoramuses” describing some group I read more of the article. Cooney’s article left me searching for more answers. So, I read the full text from the Colorado Secretary of State for the citizens of Colorado to vote in regard to the Gray Wolf. (9)
What I read, despite my lack of wolf love, seemed, well, reasonable. Then, I looked at who supported both positions on the proposal. Again, both side looked reasonable and each lacked an apparent ignoramus. Actually, both sides seemed void of any liberalsim or conservatisms as a whole.
The folks wanting the wolves seemed environmentally conservative and the anti-wolf folks leaned toward protecting against wolves’ appetites. The proposed bill is actually a suggestion to study how Colorado might reintroduce the wolves and protect against hungry wolves. It all seemed fairly reasonable. So, why did Mr. Cooney make an attack on any poor ignoramus I don’t understand?
Predator Xtreme has a print circulation of around 82,000 and is published six times a year. (10) I don’t know how many people the digital copy reaches. The print annual recipients of the magazine create less exposure than this website [over 1.2 million visitor reading 2 pages per visit annually] (11) Cleary, the printed word isn’t intended for the ignoramus. (12) No, I think the article was intended for the voters of Colorado.
I know a lot of people in Colorado, not one is an ignoramus and most are not liberals although some are liberal. (13) In fact, most of the folks I know in Colorado are moderate to conservative by nature. The State seems to be conservative as a group; not as liberal minded as is sometimes thought. (14) None of them fit into a class of ignoramuses.
The wolf reintroduction proposal seems well thought out. Folks for and against the proposal appear, from their writings, pretty smart to me. I expect the voters of Colorado will decide how this one ends. I further expect a columnist for Predator Xtreme who lives in Iowa has about as much influence in the Centennial State as an archer from Georgia.
- Note: I’ve placed this is my category for Outdoor Adventure. Should you be chased by wolves and you survive it would have been an adventure.
(1) Cooney, J. Colorado Courting Canine Catastrophe. Predator Xtreme. Page 76 Jan/Feb 2020
(9) Colorado Revised Statutes, Section I, add 33-2-105.8
13) Employed by the company that purchased mine, a Boulder company for two years, 2011 – 2013.