13 year old girl has to pack pistol to protect herself from wolves planted in yard
Following this article is a note from "Laura Schneberger," a young mother whose family has been threatened by Wolves artificially planted on their ranch in Gila Forest. 
Laura's 13 year old daughter Micah, has to pack a pistol just to protect herself while doing chores on their ranch. How many 13 year olds do you know, who has to do this just to survive another government paid for folly?

Wolves Missing In Gila Forest               

By Rene Romo
Copyright 2007 Albuquerque Journal; Journal Southern Bureau
    LAS CRUCES- The suspicious disappearance of the three-member Durango wolf pack is the latest blow to the endangered Mexican gray wolf recovery program in southwestern New Mexico.
    The pack, including two adults outfitted with radio collars that continue to transmit even if the wolf is dead, hasn't been detected since early this month.
    "We couldn't find them," said Elizabeth Slown, spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "Now their fate is considered unknown. ... It's perplexing. You could see one collar malfunctioning, but this would have to be two collars malfunctioning."
    Advocates of the program say it is suspicious for several wolves to suddenly go undetected after weeks of searches.
    The Catron County commission on Nov. 7 warned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that it planned to trap the Durango pack's alpha male, known as AM973, which the county considered a "dangerous wolf" because it had repeatedly gone near a home on the Adobe Ranch in northern Catron County.
    "I would say it (the pack's disappearance) is both worrisome and unusual," said Dave Parsons, a conservation biologist with the Albuquerque-based Rewilding Institute and the former Fish and Wildlife Service coordinator for the program.
    Laura Schneberger, president of the Gila Livestock Growers Association, agreed the disappearance is suspicious but added, "None of us had anything to do with it."
    The association has been critical of the wolf reintroduction because of repeated livestock kills and concerns about human safety.
    "Of course it's suspicious," Schneberger said. "That's what happens when you have a bunch of wolves running around people's houses and camps. They are going to get killed, because people can't put up with them. ... Is anyone surprised that the Durango pack has gone missing after they were allowed to become so habituated?"
    The pack, including an adult male and female and an uncollared pup, was last seen Nov. 1 near the ranch house in the northeast section of the Gila National Forest.
    The recovery program has tried to track the wolves in aerial and ground searches.
    There were 59 wolves at the beginning of the year in the recovery area, which includes national forests in southeast Arizona and southwest New Mexico.
    Since the endangered wolves were reintroduced to the recovery area in 1998, 26 have died from poaching, Slown said.
    Slown said it is possible to disable a collar, but, she added: "A person could do that; a bear couldn't."
    The killing of an endangered species is a federal offense.
    While a solitary wolf is more likely to roam long distances, packs tend to remain in established territories, Parsons said, and the Durango pack was known to hang around one ranch. "It would be unusual for them to just go completely out of radar range," Parsons said.
    The Durango pack's alpha female was ordered killed in July for repeated livestock depredations, weeks after she birthed a litter of four pups. Slown said it appeared only one of those pups survived to November.
    Parsons said the loss of the Durango pack's alpha male is "a fairly serious blow" because it possessed the genetic make-up of three remaining Mexican wolf lineages and because, with a new mate, it was set to reproduce again next spring.
    "From a cumulative perspective, that's a lot of growth potential down the drain," Parsons said.
Response to the "Wolves missing in Gila Forest.."
I like my quotes, taken out of context as usual but what the heck. Sorry if I sound like I didn't care what happened to the poor wolves. But wow come to think of it, I don't care. I am relieved!!! I am GLAD they are not allowed to threaten my daughter Micah - now13, and forced to pack a pistol on her hip all summer and fall, due to wolves lurking around her home - and mess up her freedom to roam around her own yard any longer.  How long were FWS willing to let that go on? Obviously indefinitely From the sound of it Dave Parsons was probably glad that she was available as potential alternative prey for them. Not at all concerned that the Male was habituating other wild wolves and risking their success in the wild.
But this is what we have come to, the FWS doesn't care that the wolves are threatening people and people will tolerate it if they absolutely have to, just like everyone around here is doing, but they seemed to forget that there were probably 50-100 deer hunters around when the wolves went missing.
Our major concern at the time was that they had just killed a grown cow. Last signal I know of from them was on the 4th, they killed a cow between the 4 and 5 right next to the main road and several deer camps and the plane didn't pick up their signal on the 6th. Gee wonder what happened to them? Even I thought it was a collar malfunction but after a week with them not showing up at the Garcia Camp to threaten the family there, we knew they were gone.
Laura Schneberger
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