Everyone knows of the apocryphal evil that is wolves, hunting our children, killing our livestock, taking the best deer. Having a wolf hunting season seems like a no brainer, right? But what if that’s not how wolves are, what if they are innocent, so to say. Should they be hunted? The short answer is no.
Many wolves were removed from regions where they weren’t even threats to humans or livestock (Klinghammer 446) because wolves, like grizzlies, were perceived as competitors for land and food. Unlike grizzly bears, wolves didn’t survive in the Northern Rocky Mountains because of poisonings, shootings, and bounties for their pelts (Barker 177). These actions caused the extinction of wolves in western states, changing the ecosystems by eliminating a natural predator. The reasons for this genocide, according to David Mech, were “the possible predation by the wolf upon man. .
In 1996 the government brought back the wolf and there was a lot of controversy about the subject. Since people feared the wolf; they thought that there would be more wolf attacks, and livestock lost. The truth is: a person is more likely to get attacked by a buffalo or an elk than a wolf. Their food supply was plentiful at the time of reintroduction so attacks were never a problem. Wolves weigh around 70-120 pounds, 26-34 inches in height at the shoulder and very lean and powerful.
This could lead to them wondering into cities and highways causing car accidents. Without some type of deer control, they multiply. Since deer have lost some land areas due to cities growing, they do not have enough food and start to slowly starve. Thus hunting is a good choice for deer management. Coyotes and bears are a common sight in the woods.
She is a decoy for the wolf pack, remarks Henry, luring the sled dogs away as food for the pack. After much discussion, the men decide it would be prudent to use some of the remaining ammunition to take care of the troublesome she-wolf. Left with only three dogs, the men start out the next morning only to meet more catastrophe as the sled overturns on a bad price of trail. Stuck between a tree trunk and a large rock, the men are forced to unleash the dogs to straighten the sled.
Squirrels bring disappointment to even the most experienced and patient hunters. After hearing squirrels until just before dusk, I finally had a deer come into sight. My arm hairs raised with my excitement, I whispered to Curtis that I see quite a few deer, just on the other side of the minute hump in the field. He pulls up his rifle to get a better look at the deer, at the same time I do. We both say, we think the closest one is a doe.
He was very upset and could do nothing about it because there is no law protecting the dogs. To fully understand how wolves affect wild game you need to fully under... ... middle of paper ... ...ally. There is many rules and regulations on how and where they can be harvested. Environmentalists thought they were helping to level out the environment but instead made it legal to harvest the wolves. By overpopulation they have caused many problems from farmers to hunters, even some game.
Meat laced with this deadly toxin inevitably attracted other animals as well, creating great losses of coyotes, foxes, skunks, and birds such as hawks, eagles, and ravens. It was not a humane way of killing, strychnine causes convulsions that prevent respiration, so the animal dies of suffocation. The loss of the wolf in California, an important top predator, resulted in a weakened ecosystem. Wolves prey on sick, injured, old or young animals, which is helpful in keeping populations healthy and stable. Deer and rabbits have consequently increased in number due to lack of predation.
They cause their livestock to become stressed and the wolves will also kill many of the younger livestock for food. A local farmer in Minnesota said “I like the critters don’t get me wrong, but wolves have outlived their time. City people don’t realize that beef in the cellophane wrapper comes f... ... middle of paper ... ... populations of birds. This refuge is nationally known for its waterfowl hunting because of the many ponds on the refuge. “Hunting, trapping and fishing are considered by many to be a legitimate, traditional recreational use of renewable natural resources.
This stress limits the animals’ ability to eat sufficiently and store the fat and energy they need t... ... middle of paper ... ...act, a fraction of the wild animal population is specially directed to be killed. Because of this hunting actually causes overpopulation and ecological disturbance. While hunters believe they control the populations of the animals they kill, natural predators, wolves, bears, and mountain lions , are the actual ecosystem managers, if they too are not hunted. Hunting is a huge problem in the world that is over looked by many. It kills millions of defenseless animals every year and wounds even more.