Karl Guenther Column: Downgrading the statu...
A Gray Wolf is shown in a Michigan Department of Natural Resources stock image. Source: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12145_12205-32569--,00.html On a radio talk show the other day, there was discussion of the new Michigan law which, presuming Governor Rick Snyder has signed it by now, will downgrade the status of gray wolves in ... (more)
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#1 Dec 18, 2012
Well, he hasn't yet as far as I have heard.A. The assumption that he will accept a mass of emotional attacks and propaganda against wolves that consists of the same handful of petty incidents exaggerated over and over, nebulous or nonexistent numbers, and ignoring of potential problems caused by the hunt including the potential of making all of the currently minor problems worse.
What he will have to sign is likely to lead directly to running wolves' natural population control backwards. Wolves limit their own numbers by making their packs larger with nonbreeding members and excluding other wolves from a larger territory to feed the packs' litter.
Wolves won't be endangered by a hunt, but Governor Snyder may have to justify removing them and making the packs smaller and opening room for new packs to compensate, as they do superbly for hunting.
He also has to justify feeding several times as much food to pups raised to replace the adults, starting every year at the same time both wolf pups and fawns are raised, and consider how many baby deer this wolf hunt may cost the state.
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