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DNR: Back off on wolf hunt issue

January 31, 2013

MARQUETTE — Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials said a ballot referendum opposing a wolf hunt is “premature and ill-advised,” urging proponents and opponents to allow the state’s wolf......

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MikeHawkburns420

Feb-08-13 6:26 PM

*r e d n e c k*

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MikeHawkburns420

Feb-08-13 6:25 PM

I hate hearing the arugemnt ¨Theres too many wolves¨, the best deterent to wolves is more wolves, so theres never gonna be more than 1 pack in a very large area.... Sounblasting wolf calls has proven to be effective in deterring them, but ppl around here would rather pick up theyre rifles lol @ dumb ********... i say ship some of the idiot the*****outta here and bring in more wolves

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WolfSupporter

Feb-07-13 4:16 PM

Ever expanding numbers? Huh? It has taken nearly 20 years for the wolf population to reach 687 animals!

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Yooper342

Feb-02-13 10:00 AM

Hunting & trapping of the wolf is needed to control their ever expanding numbers. I am not a wolf hater or lover. How bot the wolf lovers pay to round up several thounads wolves in Mi., Wi. Mn, and ship them to our cities?

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CaptainSakonna

Feb-01-13 10:42 AM

Hunting wolves is unethical, period. The life of a wolf is no different in substance from the life of a domestic dog, and they ought to have the same level of protection. (Dogs can be dangerous to people and livestock too.) I denounce "management plans" because without fail, they treat the wolves like numbers or commodities. I don't give a hoot whether the hunt leaves the population intact or not. It's individual wolves that I care about.

And hey StuPedasso, wolves DO focus on sick and weak animals. Sometimes they will take a healthy one, but the damaged prey are their preference. This isn't just something that over-enthusiastic wolf lovers made up; it is backed by scientific study, specifically that of Dr. David Mech. Where does your supposed knowledge come from? Photos of wolf kills? You can't always tell just by looking at a dead deer whether he was sick or healthy.

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StuPedasso

Feb-01-13 9:14 AM

I am thrilled when I see a wolf, or hear one -- they are beautiful animals, and I am glad to see they are thriving in the UP. At the same time, I am not opposed to a limited hunt. But I am sick of the argument that wolves only focus on the older, younger and weaker animals, not the ones most desired by hunters. The animals culled by wolves are not often those who would face a slow death by starvation in winter. Wolves kill a lot more deer than people think. Should we have an open season on emotionally charged lunatics that put the wolf on a pedastal? Hmmmm?

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BravesRock

Jan-31-13 11:45 PM

I am thrilled when I see a wolf, or hear one -- they are beautiful animals, and I am glad to see they are thriving in the UP. At the same time, I am not opposed to a limited hunt. But I am sick of the argument that we need to get rid of wolves, or reduce the population, because they "kill so many deer." Wolves certainly do kill deer, but they typically focus on the older, younger and weaker animals, not the ones most desired by hunters. The animals culled by wolves are often those who would face a slow death by starvation in winter. Cars kill a lot more deer than wolves do. Should we have an open season on cars, or limit the number of vehicles on our highways?

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WolfSupporter

Jan-31-13 5:23 PM

The wolf plan states DNR will promote opportunities for people to experience & appreciate wolves and inform the public on benefits derived from wolves. Also, the wolf center in rural MN contributes millions to the local economy because of wolves.

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WolfSupporter

Jan-31-13 5:17 PM

Be specific, Vauche, where are wolves becoming brazen? Since delisting 8 wolves were KILLED as a precautionary measure in Ironwood because they came into a residential area (because people were feeding deer).

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Vauche

Jan-31-13 4:15 PM

No management plan for wolves will be acceptable to me without some manner to put the fear of man back in the wolf population. This most likely will involve hunting them. The wolves are continuing to become more and more brazen in how they interact with humans, at best showing no fear at all.

As for tourism, not sure I've ever heard someone say they wanted to come to the UP to see a wolf. Sounds a little rediculous and a little niave to me. Bottom line, wolves kill deer and deer bring in revenue. Wolves for better or worse do not. I'm not saying kill them to extinction so all you animal rights folks please don't go all crazy on me.

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yukonduke

Jan-31-13 2:27 PM

lets take the upper hand lets not hunt for the pleasure of killing wolves just for killing for sport the wolves are a way to bring more tourism to the up dye saying we let nature take care off it self trophy hunting is just unethical the amount of domestic animals taken is minute for the amont of farms in upper mi. lets just take a wait and see attitude before we go out and start killig animals that were just taken off the endagerd species list last year

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Isnala

Jan-31-13 2:12 PM

Heavy consideration of the idea of killing for recreation is needed by all citizens and government agencies. The wolf is not an animal used for food. Subsistence is the only valid rationale for hunting at all.

The Gray Wolf was prematurely delisted from federal ESA protection (premature because it resulted in recent heavy states' extirpation before populations could reoccupy suitable historical habitat).

ESA originally wisely required a 5-year hiatus before state management would be allowed. Michiganers know that the Isle Royale NP wolf population reoccupying that island over 62 years ago diminished after decades, without lethal management. This suggests that MI management is hugely premature.

Humans are the largest factor in all wild species mortality, and for that reason alone, "sport" hunting is unwise. The killing for pleasure instituted by Euroamericans on this continent is particularly objectionable for psychosocial reasons.

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Ordmac88

Jan-31-13 1:39 PM

"Premature and ill-advised" describes the bill crammed through in lame duck session, and the NRC's already evident rush to implement a 2013 wolf season.

There are those on one side that say we need to have recreational hunting and we need it right now. A desperation just for the principle, to establish tattering wolf packs with random hunting knowing in advance this will only reduce depredation by the same amount as the proportion of wolves killed, while targeted methods are much more successful, desensitize people to wolves being killed for recreation and enjoyment.

The NRC need only come up a wolf management plan acceptable to Michigan's voters if this petition is submitted with enough signatures, and they need not worry about the vote. Otherwise we will suddenly find out what "scientific management" means and no voters can change things until 2014. They don't see any difference between managing deer and a social species with no natural predator. They say so.

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