Hunters and conservationists embrace science to manage wildlife, even if data results in a decrease in their recreation. For example, if deer numbers are down due to disease, harsh winters, or other factors, state game agencies reduce the number of doe tags or possibly close the season for the benefit of the herd. Anti-hunters, in particular animal rights advocates, base their decisions on emotions, and the Great Lakes wolves controversy is a perfect example. To realize the impact of these killing machines, multiply 4,000 (the estimated wolf population) by 365 (one kill per day) and you eliminate nearly 1.5 million animals each year. This is crazy! Brian Lynn Makes the case in this post from Sportsman’s Alliance.
With nearly 4,000 wolves roaming the Great Lakes region, scientists and wildlife management professionals with more than 1,000 years of cumulative research on wolves overwhelmingly agree with the Sportsmen’s Alliance: wolves in the Great Lakes region are not endangered and should be removed from the protections of the Endangered Species Act with management returned to state biologists.
In a letter to Sally Jewell, Secretary of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 26 scientists, many of whom originally lobbied for the wolf’s endangered status, attest that wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin should be considered recovered. Consider these telling quotes from the letter:
“For at least a decade, wolf populations have recovered in these states to the point where continued listing under the ESA is no longer necessary or beneficial to future wolf conservation. [continued]
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