LOGAN — Wolf specialist Carter Niemeyer had a powerful message for his audience this week: “The wolf refused to be our friend and we’ve never forgiven him for it.” Niemeyer is a wildlife biologist and author of Wolfer: A Memoir. He’s also one of the biologists involved in the current “wolf wars” controversy. He spoke at Utah State University on Tuesday evening. While the reintroduction of gray wolves into Utah, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and California has been successful, he said, misinformation and anti-wolf groups have created fear among many citizens. “People aren’t thrilled to have wolves back,” Niemeyer said. “A lot of people are mad about it and there’s been a lot of controversy.” He believes that the main reason for the public’s resistance is a general misunderstanding of wolves and their true nature. “Wolves are like people, they take the path of lest resistance,” Niemeyer said, “I’ve never had a wolf stand its ground or attack me.” Despite the countless stories of wolf attacks, Niemeyer believes they are often blown out of proportion. “I just don’t believe it. That’s why I’m here sharing my experiences. People need to get used to the fact that wolves are back” Recounting his experiences with wolves, Niemeyer hopes to educate and create tolerance for the wolf. He also hopes people will understand that they can enjoy the outdoors as long as they are smart about it. “We can’t kill wolves based on stories we hear, we need documented evidence,” he said.
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