Petzal: On Wolves and Arthur Frommer

In the June 30 post, I reported on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Department's proposal to define one-hand-opening knives as switchblades, and therefore illegal. I'm pleased to announce that the Department has backed down from this particular bit of idiocy, although I'm sure they'll be able to come up with fresh idiocy in the future.

A true anti-gun hissy fit is a thing of beauty and a joy forever, and here is a prime example of the real thing. I am indebted to Ms. Diane K., a regular reader of this blog, for bringing it to my attention. There's an excerpt below, or click here for the full article from the New York Times.

This week, the travel writer Arthur Frommer found himself in the middle of an unusually heated debate on his blog at Frommers.com after he published a post headlined "Do Guns at Political Events Disturb You? Then Consider Skipping Arizona for Now.

Although Mr. Frommer, the founder of Frommer's Travel Guides (which is an online content partner of The New York Times), has used his blog to express strong opinions in the past, his post on Wednesday --expressing horror at the spectacle of about a dozen gun-toting protesters on Arizona's streets during a visit by President Obama -- stuck out from other recent entries like "Current Room Rates in Orlando at Non-Disney Properties Are Almost Too Good to Be True" and "Southwest Airlines Announces a Four-Month Airfare Sale -- and It's a Dilly."

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In 1995, the first wolves were re-introduced into Yellowstone Park, and became known as the Rose Creek pack. Since then, they have fornicated their furry heads off and produced enough descendants for Idaho to open (assuming it isn't blocked) its first wolf season, available to residents and non-residents alike.

Personally, I would not shoot a wolf, just as I have never shot one of the big bears. I like wolves, and think that wilderness with some wolves in it is a lot more interesting than wilderness without. But I have no quarrel with those who would. The wolves can take care of themselves.

One thing in particular about wolves interests me. In Europe, Russia, and Asia Minor there are well-documented cases of wolves eating people, sometimes in large numbers, going back to the Dark Ages. Yet in North America I think there are no more than one or two people who ended up as wolf poop. How come?