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Published June 15, 2013 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

I admire The Tribune for boldly standing up for wolves only months after Utah's Legislature voted to give money to Don Peay to lobby against wolves ("Value of wolves: Feds must maintain some oversight," Our View, June 11). If wolves are removed from the list of endangered species nationwide, this would mean no protection for wolves entering Utah or any other state.

Take a look at Yellowstone National Park since wolves were reintroduced. Many plant and animal species, absent for decades, have reappeared now that wolves are back.

In recent weeks, many independent scientists have spoken against the delisting of the gray wolf. Many citizens have spoken up as well.

This year we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. What a tragedy it would be, and how demeaning it would be to the spirit of the act, to give up on a species before it has recovered and conceivably condemn it to extinction.

Extinction is not God's plan for the wolf. He placed every species here for a reason. Every species has value to God, because he created them. That includes wolves.

Janet Hoben

Burbank, Calif.