The only wolf advocate at the protest may have been 29-year-old Allen Gorthy, who said he's listened to their mournful howls from his home in Summerville, north of La Grande. Wolves help bring ecosystems into balance and produce better and stronger herds of deer and elk, he said.
"We can't just kill off every predator because they are going to lose a sheep or a cow,"
Four days later:
The Community Alliance Livestock Fund, or CALF, was unanimously approved by the Wallowa County Commissioners Monday. The fund will compensate ranchers for loss of income due to wolves.
CALF will begin as a community-based program accepting donations from individuals, businesses and nonprofits, but the long-term goal is to receive state and/or federal funding
The courage of one who appreciates the sounds of the truly wild!
As far as ranchers go, every business and I mean every business has their losses. It is truly a part of doing business. Do what you can to protect your business against such losses. I don't get reimbursed for bad checks or chargebacks, theft, etc. from anyone especially the government. You just learn to put up better walls of defense to protect yourself.