Oregon range rider hired to watch out for wolves, quits

The unique Oregon effort garnered international attention-

OPB News · Wolf-Watching Range Rider Quits.

Don’t know what really happened here, but the suggestion that the range rider was forced out for not being anti-wolf enough is disturbing.

I think it is true that there is social pressure in many rural areas to be anti-wolf.  If you are not, best be quiet if you don’t want trouble. This, of course, is how cultures maintain their hold over people, and one reason why many young people leave the little town they grew up in when they are old enough and get an opportunity.



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  1. Jon Way Avatar

    Man, this type of social oppression reminds me so much of racism and hatred for other cultures…

    1. jon Avatar

      Basically jw, I see it as no different. hating an animal just because it eats other animals I think is pretty stupid.

  2. Linda Hunter Avatar

    I bet there is a very interesting story or stories behind this man’s summer of work. I wonder if we will ever hear them.

  3. ProWolf in WY Avatar
    ProWolf in WY

    Maybe he didn’t follow the fashionable trend of being anti-wolf since he was out in the sticks.

  4. Ralph Maughan Avatar

    ProWolf in WY,

    I just posted some news stories on this. It’s quite a coincidence we were both thinking of this near midnight.


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