The photo above shows one of a handful of billboards that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has purchased in response to an organization called Project Wolf.
Project Wolf, an anti-wolf hunting group, is putting up billboards “disseminating misleading and inaccurate information relative to the Yellowstone wolf population,” according to the good folks at RMEF. The RMEF billboards will be posted in Red Lodge, Cody, Bozeman, and near West Yellowstone.
“RMEF does not advocate extermination or annihilation of wolves, but we do advocate for science-based state management,” RMEF president David Allen said in an e-mail. “The science is clear that the gray wolf population is recovered in the lower 48 states. No amount of emotion or rhetoric will change the facts. We all must let states manage their respective wolf populations.”
Hopefully RMEF’s billboard rebuttal will steer the conversation and public perception about wolf hunting toward reasonable, science-based management. Check out RMEF.org for more information. I’ll save you the trouble of checking out the Project Wolf site, the group keeps stats such as “Wolf Murders by State.”