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Letter: Unprotected outside the park

I'd like to address the recent gatherings and discussions last week in Carbondale and Aspen about a reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf in Colorado. As a true lover of wolves, I deeply care about their future and well-being. To Dee Malone of the Sierra Club, who spoke Wednesday night at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, referencing how well the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone has gone, I am writing to clarify a critical point: Neither the elk nor the wolves are hunted in the park. Recently, the treasured "alpha" female wolf, who was known as 832F and wearing a collar, ventured beyond the protected area of her pack and the park and was legally shot. In Wyoming, 85 percent of the state allows anyone — anytime, anywhere and for any reason — to shoot wolves. In Montana and other states, the trapping and subsequent torture of "trophy wolves" is heartbreaking. Please, Dee, before you allow your love and passion for wolves to continue this way, review a site called Predator Defense (www.predatordefense.org/wolves.htm). It is seriously looking at the future of wolves: protection or slaughter.

Barbara Boyles

Aspen

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