Leadership Lacking for Wolf Protection

Timber wolf. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair.

Wildlife Services likes to pat itself on the back for offering the occasional workshop on non-lethal strategies for preventing predation by wolves, but the fact is that the agency’s destruction of wolves shows no sign of slowing. There are several reasons for this, although in the context of Montana’s wolf management it’s hard to use the word “reason” with a straight face, if only because the word generally denotes logic. And logic is not a word that comes to mind when I look at how wolves are being treated in Montana and elsewhere in the West.

Maximilian Werner is an Associate Professor (Lecturer) of Writing and Rhetoric Studies at the University of Utah.  His most recent book is Wolves, Grizzlies, and Greenhorns: Death and Coexistence in the American West. Reach him at mswerner@gmail.com and @ProfMWerner.