After sitting on the sidelines way too long, it is time for me to start to speak against what I see as the most serious existing threat to our hunting rights, at least in the west. Judge Malloy in Missoula, MT put the wolves back on the endangered species act a couple weeks ago. There were 13 animal rights and environmental organizations that filed the suit and it was led by the National Resources Defense Council. After listening to their representative speaking in a NPR interview downplay and side step the issue of our declining elk and deer populations due to wolf predation I went to their website (http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/mskoglund/breaking_news_northern_rocki...) where they have a blog about the wolf decision and I expressed my concern for the impact the wolves are having on the elk and deer. As could be expected I was pretty well flamed as a "crazy hunter" making ridiculous statements, however a couple of folks did post positive and supportive responses to my comments. I am writing this in the hopes of bringing awareness to all hunting groups and hunters everywhere that these groups primary goal is to end hunting, I firmly believe the wolf is just a tool to that end. The comments I've read on some of these organizations sites are frightening to me. They are willing to sacrifice the elk and deer, if the wolves kill them off until there is no longer a huntable population, what do you think will happen?? These groups are well funded(NRDC has about $100 million in the bank), well connected politically, armed with legions of smart savvy lawyers, and as fervent as a religious zealot in their beliefs. I encourage all of you to start paying attention to their activities, speak up, post on their blogs, let them know that we won't accept their forcing of their opinions upon us, make them stick to facts and not just the ones that support their position. Most of all let them know we will not accept the taking away of our hunting rights!!