Signed......and forwarded to others here in the west.
bakercity, my family has been on the west coast since the gold rush of the 1800's. We stretch from Dawson City in the Yukon, south to Los Angeles, including many Oregonians. We value and want our wildlife. I am truly sorry that YOUR forefathers were unable (more likely unwilling) to live in harmony with the wolves. MY forefathers considered a healthy wildlife population to be a sign of a healthy balanced earth.
We were taught to respect wildlife and to understand their needs and habits......which means we don't go out tempting fate by riding a bike or jogging alone at dawn/dusk in mountain lion country (as was the case of the last two persons attacked by mountain lions. In the last 100 years, only 14 fatal cougar attacks occurred on the entire North American continent. In that time, more than 15,000 people were killed by lightning; 4,000 by bees; 10,000 by deer; 1,300 by rattlesnakes. Yosemite National Park has cougars plus 3 million visitors a year. There has never been an attack in the park’s history. More visitors have died from rockslides.
The same applies to wolves. If you look at human-wolf interactions, even in areas where wolves can still be found, wolve attacks are rare.
The majority of timber jobs were in the mills that turned raw timber into lumber. We lost those jobs when companies decided to ship raw timber to be milled overseas under the guise of using cheaper labour to stay competitive (the strongest driver of the job exports is related to our corporate tax structure, not labour costs). I lived in one those small timber towns when American Fiberboard closed the mill. Wildlife issues had nothing to do with it.
I also have a lot of ranching friends here in the west who have been ranching the same land for many generations. Ranchers lose more cattle and sheep to poachers than they lose to wolves or coyotes.
If you make it a practice to eat locally produced food, you will not only be healthier, you will also help support the local farmers and ensure a local supply that is not dictated by other countries, and not require a large amount of fossil fuel to bring to market.