Wolves and Their Impact On Hunting: How Real Is The Threat?on Jun 20, 2012
Most hunters realize the balance of nature more than the average Joe. Most of us understand the predator-prey relationship. Ten or fifteen years ago, Many of us may have thought that having a few wolves in the mountains or in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or in Wisconsin wouldn’t be a bad thing. After all, the wolf is considered the symbol of all things wild. In the last couple decades, things have changed. The wildlife you and I enjoy is disappearing Game and Fish Departments have been lied to and even threatened. Rockholm knows people who have lost their jobs when they stood up against the wolf movement. I know this article has largely been one-sided, but so has the science behind the wolf movement.
Nature is cruel. Nobody understands that better than hunters. But should this type of "natural" occurrence continue to go unchecked?
In Alaska, wolves are hated by most and regularly hunted and killed by all means necessary to keep their numbers in check. They are trapped, hunted and even killed from helicopters. If the same methods are not employed in the lower 48 states, all of us may one day look back and remember the good old days of hunting rather than actively hunting.
I leave you with a few questions to ponder. Do you believe Rockholm is off his rocker or spot on? Do you worry about the future of hunting and the fact that anti-hunters are using wolves as a way of eliminating hunting altogether? Do you believe we need wolves around but they should be aggressively hunted? Do you believe the only good wolf is a dead wolf? I have hunted in Alaska, in Idaho and many places where wolves call home. After hearing what locals in these areas have to say, I must admit at the very least wolves must be aggressively hunted so their population stays in check. What do you have to say? Let us know your thoughts. Log into the forum page and speak your mind or visit us on facebook and express your thoughts.
Editor’s Note: Tracy Breen has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and often writes and speaks about overcoming physical challenges in order to enjoy the outdoors. At 34 years of age, Tracy is one of the youngest full-time outdoor writers in America. Learn more about Tracy and his hunting adventures at tracybreen.com.