Editor,The gray wolf fills a niche in nature's food chain. In the last four years, the Utah Legislature has spent $800,000 of taxpayer's money to control the gray wolf population, in spite of the fact that the last sighting of a gray wolf in Utah was 20 years ago. The Legislature authorized the Utah Department of Natural Resources to spend money for lobbying purposes. Nobody knows for sure how the $300,000 last year was spent, but we do know that Ryan Benson, director for Big Game Forever, took $200,000 for his private consulting business. We know that $40,000 was spent on Washington D.C. lobbyists, $30,000 was spent on video production, $16,000 for software, and $11,000 on trade shows. Big Game Forever insisted on an up-front payment of all the money before they would do anything. BGF took state money and comingled it with outside sources, that's a no-no.