16 May 2011 We Can’t Make This Stuff Up Posted by: John Motsinger | 7 comments (A NEW, irregular column to capture insults to wildlife) In the latest assault on wolves, Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) introduced a bill this week that would strip protections for even more gray wolves across the country. (read our press release here) The proposed legislation got a resounding endorsement from anti-wolf extremists who are eager to get rid of wolves. Here’s what Don Peay, founder of Sportsman for Fish and Wildlife, had to say: “With the need to trim billions from the federal budgets, returning management of wolves to all states ends redundant federal expenditures for a job states can do better. More importantly, abundant big game herds are an American treasure, a renewable resource that with proper management can sustain tens of millions of dollars in annual economic activity, tens of thousands of jobs, and the opportunity for hundreds of thousands of Americans to put food on the table.” Really? Wolves also bring in $35 million annually to Yellowstone alone, and they don’t have to die to do it. Not to mention that 1,650 wolves in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming currently share the landscape with more than 360,000 elk and more than a million deer. The choice isn’t between wolves and big game. The choice is between responsible wildlife management and catering to anti-wolf special interests like SFW. Learn more about what Defenders is doing to secure a brighter future for wolves. John Motsinger, Communications Associate John Motsinger is a Communications Associate at Defenders of Wildlife. He handles press coverage for critters in the Northern Rockies and Great Plains as well as Defenders' national work on the Endangered Species Act.