No, wolves will never be as abundant as they once were across North America, and nobody expects that. But restoring them to just 5 percent of where they once lived, then calling it quits and hunting them down again by the thousands? That's just wrong.
Some people find holes -- and images of holes -- deeply upsetting, even terrifying. These people suffer from a common but little-known phobia known as trypophobia. As with most irrational fears, the origins of trypophobia are unknown.
We have two indoor cats, Shekie and Portia, whom we adore. We believe they are safer enjoying the view of nature from our large, arched windows, as are the birds, squirrels and other wildlife that frequent our backyard.
"The Mule Deer Wars." That's what I've come to call a tenacious western wildlife controversy. It began in the 1990s, when state wildlife managers started reporting lower mule deer populations. "If mule deer herds are in poor health, the land is in poor health."
Even though we do not have precise data on how many teachers and other educators abuse students, the recent Sandusky case at Penn State show that it is urgent for schools to take deliberate, comprehensive steps to safeguard students.
What will it take for wolves to thrive here? What do wolves need to prosper? How will politics, agencies, ranchers, hunters and trappers, environmental activists and urban and suburban citizens affect whether wolves will flourish here?