What is the Real Mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation?
http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/rocky-mountain-elk-foundation-adds-ensuring-hunting-heritage-to-mission/article_c5a84bc0-e670-11e1-ba7a-001a4bcf887a.html “The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s commitment to the future of elk and other wildlife remains the same.”
Yes. That “commitment” is to more and more and more elk and to the elimination of their obligate predators--wolves. The foundation is living in the 1920s. It believes what Aldo Leopold believed in his early youth--before his conversion to an ecologist--that “no wolves would mean a hunter’s paradise.” After that he watched “the face of many a newly wolfless mountain… Such a mountain looks as if something had given God a new pruning shears, and forbidden Him all other exercise. In the end the starved bones of the hoped-for deer herd, dead of its own too much, bleach with the bones of the dead sage, or molder under the high-lined junipers.” According to state data, which the foundation studiously ignores, there elk are overpopulated through most of their range.
The foundation is a major embarrassment to real sportsmen.