First off, let me make clear I have nothing against hunting or wolves.
Which is why I'm annoyed that the Legislature is considering spending $300,000 to prevent the return of gray wolves to Utah.
I believe a Utahn can be an environmentalist and a hunter, so I'd be delighted to know wolves are roaming again in their historic territory. If nothing else, it'll make the state wilder in the eyes of tourists.
Yes, the wolves will knock off a lamb, here and there (for which the government will reimburse the rancher) and yes, they'll kill weak members of the deer, elk and moose populations, which should produce a healthier, smarter herd that is more challenging to hunt.
Besides, when the state gets wolf numbers to the point they are taking weak and slow-witted members of the human population—we can sell permits at astronomical amounts to trophy freaks. What would be a more meaningful challenge to a two-legged predator than to stalk one of North America's wiliest four-legged predators? Afterall, no one believes that hunting big game is about bringing home cheap protein.
Case in point, a trophy hunter bid $310,000 (that would buy a big-assed steak) for the right to hunt a buck mule deer on Antelope Island.
Now, all we have to do is get the Boone & Crockett Club to add a trophy category for the biggest, ugliest wolf. They already have cougar and jaguar.