Wolves: Keeping Nature in Balance

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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. There should not be a wolf hunting season because many of the thoughts on wolves are incorrect; hunting would compromise wolf studies, and the population is already suffering.

We have all heard of the Big Bad Wolf, stalking children and spreading fear and chaos. It commits heinous crimes and deserves to be destroyed. This is a misdemeanor. Wolves hunt deer, rabbits, moose, and other animals (“Wolf”). Because most of the animals they hunt are in fact larger than them, the sickly, inferior, or downright small are targeted since wolves track then kill prey up to ten times their size with their teeth(“All about Wolves”). This makes the hunted animals population stronger. While wolf hunting habits are a prime example of natural selection, human hunters are the opposite. They hunt the bigger and stronger deer, giving the weak a chance to reproduce. What about the problem of the decreasing deer population? They have been over-populated for many years, and while good for hunters, this is a problem for the wilderness areas of Wisconsin. Without the wolves to hunt the deer, they overpopulated rather quickly.

Wolf attacks on humans are exceedingly rare to nonexistent. There are more deadly dog attacks than wolf attacks (“Wolf”). It’s the truth. When a wolf does attack, it’s national, sometimes even international news. Attacks on dogs are much more common, yet still not as common as we are led to believe. Many of these attacks are by coyo...

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... because of collared wolves being tracked.

All this knowledge has been obtained through the studies of wolves. It shows the importance of a balanced ecosystem and it is also a prime example of survival of the fittest. Wolves strengthen the deer population, and keep each other in check. Although the misconceptions are numerous, wolf hunting would pose a threat to these amazing and needed animals, and compromise ongoing wolf studies. The wolf population cannot afford the potential damage this could cause, therefore wolves should not be hunted.

Works Cited

“All About Wolves, The Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale.” IsleRoyaleWolf. n.d. Web. 1 Mar. 2012.

Wyden, Adrian. “The History of Wolves in Wisconsin.” State of Wisconsin/Department of Natural Resources. n.d. Web. 1 Mar. 2012.

“Wolf, Gray.” Endangered Animals. Danburg, CT: Grolier Education, 2002. Print.
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