Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity is quoted in an article in the Albququerque Journal by Rene Romo as saying that bus stop shelters built to protect Catron County children from the threat of wolves are a stunt "designed to get the sympathy of the public when the real concern is safety of their livestock."
Has Mr. Robinson contacted the school in question to see how many of the children protected by the shelters are from livestock-owning families? Has Mr. Romo bothered to do any research at all, or is he just writing for sensationalism, the safety of the children in question be damned?
It has always amazed me how willing people who don't live in the area in question are so fast to question the motives of those who are directly impacted by the wolf program, and to cast blame on the impacted people for the failure of the program. Has it never occurred to anyone that if the program has not succeeded, the basic premises upon which the program is based may be faulty? Let me remind the reader that the Mexican wolf is an experimental population, and the program is supposed to be adaptively managed - but is it?
Instead of a true scientific experiment in which the outcome is not pre-determined, what we have is a program whose outcome has been pre-determined and mightily defended by non-local, non-impacted groups. Note that certain environmental groups who have most resisted adaptive management just happen to be associated with agendas which require the ousting of ranchers and others who live in and use the areas the groups have identified as "needing" to be wild, no matter that private lands and local economies are run over in the process (research "sky islands" and "rewilding" to see what groups are affiliated with the concept). These groups use litigation, deceptive language and pseudo science to force their point of view, and somehow are accorded more credibility than the victims of this farce - the local residents - who are accused of falsehoods, as if they had some sort of weird willingness to lie about their children in order to protect livestock they have no financial interest in.
We expect the sort of situation where programs and pogroms are forced on people to occur in countries where the citizens have no rights. Yet here it is happening right in our own country. Here we have eco-terrorism and unlawful taking of property and rights disguised as "environmentalism for the betterment of the planet". What a sad situation when environmentalists would rather risk the lives of children than even admit there could be something to what we've been saying all along, down here in Mexican wolf country where you all don't live.