Wolves should be protected

05/21/2014 1:05 PM

05/22/2014 9:10 AM

Re "Wolf OR7 may have found a mate" (Our Region, May 13): The news that there may be a burgeoning wolf pack in southern Oregon is good news indeed. That means there is real potential for wolves from that pack to disperse someday into California. That dispersal will finally right a historic wrong when wolves were extirpated from the California wilderness.

Now we need the California Fish and Game Commission to do their part and protect wolves under the California Endangered Species Act. To argue that the wolf should not be considered endangered because not enough of them exist makes no sense. The absence of wolves for decades means any wolves that disperse into California are the very definition of endangered.

A majority of Californians polled agree that wolves should be protected. I hope the Commission has the foresight to listen to us and seize this opportunity to allow an icon of the American west to thrive.

-- Colleen Kelly, Redwood City

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