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Never cry wolf

"But lady," he said turning to her. "You've got to understand, we aren't really too concerned about them wolves making love to our sheep; it's the eatin' 'em that we're worried about!"

The previous buzz of approval was rapidly replaced by roars of laughter as common sense was restored to the equation as a rancher from the range trumped the urban activist.

In his recent announcement, Secretary Salazar reviewed the numbers behind the decision. "When it was listed as endangered in 1974", Salazar said, "the wolf had almost disappeared from the continental United States. Today, we have more than 5,500 wolves, including more than 1,600 in the Rockies."

I applaud restoration efforts that successfully restore iconic species to their historic range. However, I also recognize that for Wyoming's ranchers, and others earning a living with boots to the ground, there will always be one too many wolves in sheep's clothing.

The Drake Fly Fishing Film

Tour comes to Lake Placid

Although there is barely a month left before trout season opens on April 1; anglers can catch an early fix on March 21 when the Tri Lakes Chapter of Trout Unlimited hosts The Drake Fly Fishing Film Tour.

On March 21, fundraising event will be held at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door, children under twelve $5.

The collection of highlights and short films will take the audience on a journey of pure fly fishing adventure. The Tour is one of the most exciting fly fishing events of the year. It is certain to appeal to anyone who has an interest in or love for trout and the beautiful places they live.

To find out more about the Drake Fly Fishing Film Tour, call Jones Outfitters at 523-3468 or visit www.flyfishingfilmtour.com.

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net

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