Money earmarked for wolves should go to education

Every penny counts when money is tight. That’s why the appearance of $300,000 in the Utah state budget to combat wolves–wolves that as of yet do not exist in Utah–seems particularly wasteful.

The money, requested by Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund, would likely go to the same people (the only bidders, actually) who were awarded the money last year, Big Game Forever. The non-profit organization’s mission is built around keeping wolf populations at bay, presumably to ensure healthy populations of big game herds, like deer and elk.

But there are two problems with this earmark: first, there are no wolves in Utah, and it is unlikely there will be anytime soon. And second, co-founders Don Peay and Ryan Benson are two of Okerlund’s top donors.

It might not seem like a lot of money today, but $300K can still do a lot for a cash-strapped state like Utah. That money could be used for:

– 9 public education teacher salaries
– 911 Mini iPads
– 2,255 desks
– 3,750 science textbooks
– 10,384 school chairs
– 201,342 boxes of tissues
– 652,000 pencils

There are much better ways to spend $300,000.

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2 Comments
  1. carla tuke
    Mar, 16, 2013

    This is a very wasteful way to spend 300,000 when there are so many other vital programs that need funding. If this was an actual problem that needed attention it would be one thing, but considering our education system as well as our air pollution problem etc. there are far better ways to spend these dollars. The Gray Wolf is protected under the endangered species act for a reason and to spend this money to eradicate the wolf is against the law for one thing and the other is that the wolf would actually do what they are claiming killing them would: keeping the big game herds healthy as well as our forests. If these big game hunters would educate themselves they would realize that wolves and predators are vital for keeping our wild lands and big game herds managed in a healthy sustainable way, not them, which history will show you that mans way of managing doesn’t work.

  2. carla tuke
    Jul, 19, 2018

    This is a very wasteful way to spend 300,000 when there are so many other vital programs that need funding. If this was an actual problem that needed attention it would be one thing, but considering our education system as well as our air pollution problem etc. there are far better ways to spend these dollars. The Gray Wolf is protected under the endangered species act for a reason and to spend this money to eradicate the wolf is against the law for one thing and the other is that the wolf would actually do what they are claiming killing them would: keeping the big game herds healthy as well as our forests. If these big game hunters would educate themselves they would realize that wolves and predators are vital for keeping our wild lands and big game herds managed in a healthy sustainable way, not them, which history will show you that mans way of managing doesn’t work.