I have been following the Animal Damage Control programs for years and was a member of the committee for several years,plus I managed the program for La Plata County when the county ran its own program. I would like to recall several
events that have occurred with the strict environmentalist" when it comes to their own livestock.
First, an Archuleta County resident was a host to many groups fighting Animal Damage Control. However, when a bear
started killing her calves, she was screaming bloody murder for a trapper. I reminded her of those actions when she was
attending an ADC meeting in Pagosa Springs, and she immediately became very quiet.
I also recall that the trapper received a call from the residence of Wallace White stating a baby llama had been killed
in the corral. They thought it was a lion, however, upon inspection Wally's daughter said she saw a coyote killing the
Wally has been an opposing force against ADC and even got on the committee and tried to scuttle actions by writing
letters to the editor when he didn't get his way. Finally, county commissioners Fred Klatt and Shirley Baty asked me to
write a memorandum for policy. Wally even accused me of harassing him by telephone, and I told him in no uncertain
terms that if I wanted to harass him, it would be to his face.
The Wildlife Committee that Wally helped put in place is actually using taxpayer dollars to do a job that is the
responsibility of the Division of Wildlife.
I am sure the DOW is happy to see them spending taxpayer dollars, as it saves them time and effort from doing
what they are tasked to do.
In a nutshell, Animal Damage Control is an essential service that many benefit from. One of the biggest beneficiaries
from the program is the DOW, as bears, coyotes and lions kill wildlife that brings in immeasurable dollars into the
economy of the county.
So if Wally wants to sue Hody Ewing, I will gladly stand beside Hody.
Franklin Anderson, Allison