Consider that in Minnesota there have been no reliable studies to determine the numbers of wolves in the area for years. In effect, the necessary study and a 5-year moratorium on hunting (after delisting) have been essentially bypassed to rush into a hunting season this fall before actual numbers of the timberwolf (grey wolf) have been determined. What purpose does this serve and why?
Consider that the designation of “endangered species” served as a roadblock to exploitation of mineral resources in Northern Minnesota and that these resources, which (among others) include vast deposits of copper, are in the cross hairs along with the wolf …. Companies are waiting to dig for these minerals and studies have begun.
Study what copper mining, taconite mining … have done to other wild places and weep; or better yet, save the wolf at the gate of our northern wilderness in Minnesota by protesting the wrong-headed decision to issue 6000 licenses in 2012 to hunt and trap 400 wolves before we even know how many actually remain. Will only 400 wolves be taken by 6000 hunters? How will the DNR ensure this? How do we know that there are 400 wolves to take … wolves that by the taking will not endanger the entire Minnesota stock? This is a taking for trophy pelts which will most likely affect the strongest, most beautiful animals, the alpha males who protect and defend the pack. What does common sense tell us about this kind of hunt where almost every means on the ground will be used to take this creature down?
There is entirely too little time in the rush to hunt the wolf to determine the health of our wolf population, the numbers and the viability of a wolf hunting season this year.
In turn, to discuss the survival of the wolf exclusively without understanding the dynamics at play is shortsighted and does not address the problem … the wolf is not only an apex predator serving to maintain a balance in the wild, it is essentially an important key in the protection of our natural resources and maintenance of a healthy environment.
As it has been said so many times before: Where the wolf goes, so goes the wilderness….
Anita S Tillemans
August 13, 2012