This is bad news for the struggling Mexican wolf program, but the blame is on these rural counties who for years have believed that obeying the law is optional. I am not just badmouthing them, this was heart of county secession, militia movement back in the 1990s.
Story in the Las Cruces Sun News. AP
The fact that the psychologist mention in the story, found that children in the area startled more easily now than before wolf reintroduction and were “clingy” with their parents, is just what you’d expect if their parents were telling them that there were big bad wolves all around ready to gobble them up. I expect scaring the children also results in reports from frightened children who bring back an exaggerated story to their parents, who then reinforce the cycle of fear and recrimination.
Fear, including this irrational fear, is very contagious. There is social pathology here.