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Where’s the real concern for all life?

 

Regarding Ravalli County’s wolf policy, a recent Missoulian quoted

Commissioner Chilcott, “This policy should be recognized as advocacy

for humans, for ungulate populations and for livestock.” Is he serious?

The wolf policy, as reported in the paper, is inhumane, illegal and

unnecessary.

If the County Commissioners actually had concern for humans, ungulate

populations and livestock, they would do something about the epidemic

of health problems in humans, domestic animals and wildlife as a result

of thyroid hormone disruption and other endocrine disruption caused by

use of pesticides, especially herbicides and fungicides, here and in

states upwind. The USGS researchers found high levels of pesticides in

the snow, foliage, animals and lake water in Glacier Park. Are levels

of toxins in Glacier snow any different than in snow falling here?

The real problem is not wolves. It is thyroid hormone disruption

symptoms in the domestic animals, wildlife, and in humans, especially

newborns and little children. The serious effects of fetal

hypothyroidism are decimating the economy in Western Montana. For

example, huge health bills for the parents of children with

developmental problems, health bills, including prescription drugs, for

all affected adults, loss to cattle ranchers in weight gain because over

half their calves have underbite, and the loss of wild young to

hypothyroidism leaving too few for both human hunters and predators.

Having less human hunters impacts all the businesses dependent on

hunting.

The solution to fixing the economy is to ask the EPA to test the air,

foliage, snow, rain, and surface waters for pesticides, mercury

and other thyroid hormone disrupting toxins. The economy will likely

get worse unless the toxin/s causing the fetal hypothyroidism is/are

found and the use of it/them stopped. Returning all to good health

would also heal the economy, a policy we all should support.

Judy Hoy

Stevensville

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