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"There’s always plenty of reason to get depressed about the prospects for wildlife at the start of the New Year. Environmentalists were, for instance, unable to stop last weekend’s predator hunting derby by Idaho’s abundant population of anti-wolf idiots. But there’s good news, too: They didn’t kill any. (In fact, it took the sound and fury of 125 hunters to shoot just 30 coyotes).
Better still, a study published last month in the journal Science reported that even if the Idaho effete tremble at the idea of living with their native predators, Europe is handling them just fine. In fact, the continent that gave us “Little Red Riding Hood” and “the Big Bad Wolf,” is now home to twice as many wolves as the contiguous United States, despite being half the size and more than twice as densely populated.