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Old 08-18-2017, 09:45 PM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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Wolves were virtually eradicated from the Great Lakes states a century ago. After the Yellowstone NP experience of re-introducing wolves and seeing the improvement in the ecosystem, they were also brought back to MN, WI & MI and have thrived. As the wolf population grew, it became necessary to periodically cull the population to keep it in balance with the available habitat.

Those states chose to allow yearly, well managed hunts in the past few years, but now "environmental" groups have chosen to ignore science and to go to court to impede the scientific management of the wolf population. Not having the courage to file their suits in the district court of the involved area, they took the cowardly path and filed in the east. That court has now over-reached, ignoring the studies & recommendations of even the fed gov, and returned wolves to the endangered list, despite science to the contrary.

If the wolf population is allowed to grow unimpeded, it will require expansion of its territory into areas with a higher human population density, increasing encounters with humans and their activities (like cattle raising) and putting excessive pressure on natural prey, allowing them to include domestic livestock & pets in their diet. As their population continues to grow, that pressure will increase from "allowing" to feed on domestic animals to "forcing" them to feed on domestic to avoid starvation.

If we are to be good stewards of the environment, it must allow appropriate management of populations. There is no good nor evil in Nature-- only survival.
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