I am looking ahead to what’s on the radar screen in 2008, and it should be interesting.
We could be hunting wolves in Idaho this year. I am optimistic. I’ve talked to lots of folks about it, and they think it’s a real possibility. It would be a strangely fitting end to the wolf reintroduction circus. It will have taken slightly over a decade to go from a few wolves to a viable, self-sustaining, hunted wolf population in Idaho.
Hunting would prove to skeptics that wolves will be treated like any other wildlife and not as the scared cow of the predator world. I can’t see myself hunting them, but I certainly think people who want to should have that option. Of course, some people will howl over wolf hunting, but that was always part of the reintroduction plan. It’s time to hold up that end of the agreement.
Early signs are showing a booming salmon run returning to Idaho in the spring and summer. If it happens, it will be welcome. Salmon seasons gets people jacked up about fishing.
There are lots of arguments about how salmon recovery is going, but arguing whether a good salmon run in 2008 is an anomaly or a trend in the right direction is a whole lot better than a bad run and, well . . . arguing whether it’s an anomaly or a trend in the wrong direction.
I am sure there will be a lot more interesting things happening in 2008, and that’s part of the fun, waiting for the unexpected.