Thanks to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and public support, a modest population of gray wolves has been restored in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is absurd that the reward for success could be an open season on this iconic animal ("A hunting season for wolves in U.P.?," Nov. 3).
Enacting a hunting season on wolves would not be science based. It would be a reaction of lawmakers catering to a small, vocal group of hunters who want to kill wolves for fun or trophies. Wolf populations have been shown to control themselves. The Department of Natural Resources has an existing wolf management plan, which allows for lethal control by livestock and pet owners; this plan has not yet been given a full year to work.
There is no reason for random killing of wolves that are simply fulfilling their important role in the environment.
A 2010 statewide poll indicates that 82 percent of Michigan residents value wolves. Misguided predator eradication practices of the past should not be repeated.
The fragile population of wolves has always been under attack by poachers. The Legislature should reject House Bill 5834 and Senate Bill 1350 - no less than extreme legislation.