This week, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officials gave the media some incredibly disheartening news. DNA evidence confirmed that a gray wolf shot and killed by a hunter in December in southern Utah was none other than Echo, a three-year-old female who had journeyed over 750 miles since being collared in Wyoming at the start of 2014. Echo’s journey was followed by schoolchildren across the country. It was also heralded as a sign that gray wolves, which had been purged from the Grand Canyon region by a government eradication program in the early 19th century, were making a slow but steady comeback.
Given that it was such a sad and desperate act, it would be nice to be able to say that Phillip Perea really was a little guy ground to dust by the gears of a merciless media entity, but unfortunately the online trail he leaves behind shows that it wasn’t the news business that drove him crazy — he was pretty far down that road long before he ran afoul of Fox News’s Television Stations division.