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  •  For a more complete list (3+ / 0-)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    It should be noted that before the attack in Alaska, the most recent attributed kill by a wild wolf in the US was in 1910.

    Talk about a non-issue, especially when auto collisions with deer cause about 200 deaths annually (and collisions with elk are a bit more dangerous, though much fewer in number). Sounds like we need some more wolves to cut down the deer population and save lives.

    •  There is a standing offer from Idaho for any state (0+ / 0-)

      that wants them to come get them.

      Hard to have an attack from a wolf when there are none. Like from 1910. Russia and India are the places with the most wolf attacks in recent times. A Russian scientist did a very good study on the conditions and behavior one should look for in predicting danger from a wolf population. The pack in Alaska showed all those signs.

      Wolves don't just up and decide to eat humans. They give lots of prolonged warning over months and they need the right conditions. It's rare.

      How big is your personal carbon footprint?

      by ban nock on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:34:44 AM PST

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      •  Their offer is not based on science (0+ / 0-)

        but on irrational fear and anger from ranchers.

        How many people over the last century have been killed by collisions with deer in Idaho. I bet an order of magnitude more than by wolves.

        People suck at risk assessment, when wolves are involved people apparently get even worse.

        Bears kill many more people than wolves, is Idaho trying to get rid of all those too? If not, why not?

        •  their offer is based on the fact that they know no (0+ / 0-)

          state in their right mind would come get wolves. No one wants them. Not California or New York or anywhere else.

          Most people especially wildlife mangers are not personally scared of wolves. That would be crazy, like being scared of deer. Unlike deer however, wolves have historically, preyed on people given the right circumstances, it's fact.

          How big is your personal carbon footprint?

          by ban nock on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:05:59 PM PST

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          •  WTF (0+ / 0-)

            Deer kill orders of magnitude more people than wolves do.

            Yes, not historically because people didn't zoom around interstates 200 years ago. But now, today, in the present, deer present a far greater danger to people's safety.

            I'm sure you can find people afraid of wolves in every state. However, widespread irrational fear doesn't make it any less irrational, does it?

            You missed an important question in the post your replied to. Given that bears kill many more people than wolves, why doesn't Idaho have the same burning desire to get rid of bears?

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