Wolf Hunting Opponents Prepare Petition

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 11, 2014) — Advocates both for and against wolf hunting here in Michigan remain at odds, as one group gets ready to turn in a petition aimed at ending the hunt.

The group, Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, plans to turn those signatures in on Thursday in Lansing.

Carol Jager with Keep Michigan Wolves Protected said that she’s been researching the behavior of wolves for 18 years, taking several trips to Yellowstone National Park.

Jager said that she isn’t against the killing of wolves, as a long as the wolf has learned behavior that threatens livestock.

“Generally speaking cattle is not on the menu. It could be, I mean obviously it would be an easy kill. So, if you have a wolf that finds that out, and you know starts going after cattle on a regular basis, that wolf has to be destroyed,” said Jager.

Jager said that Michigan’s wolf hunting rules don’t guarantee the “troubled” wolves will be the ones killed.

“You may or may not get the offending wolf. You can go out there and kill you know 20 wolves, and yet the offending wolf, the wolf that is the problem wolf, might not be a a part of that kill,” said Jager.

Jager said that she believes hunting a wolf is purely for trophy, since hunters don’t eat its meat and the wolf is a hard hunt.

Wolf hunting advocate and attorney, Drew YoungeDyke said that state biologists approved wolf hunting to reduce the amount of the wolf population in troubled areas, and to teach the wolves to stay away from populated areas.

YoungeDyke said that groups opposing the hunt aren’t only focused on protecting wolves.

“They are not really after scientific management of any wildlife, let alone wolves. They are looking to score a victory for their anti-hunting agenda,” said YoungDyke.

YoungeDyke, a spokesperson for Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management said that wolves have gotten so out of hand in the Upper Peninsula, that he doesn’t allow his family dog to tag along on family trips anymore.

“I don’t like them to take the dog up there anymore because there have been so many attacks on pets, in backyards, around Ironwood and areas like that,” said YoungeDyke.

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  • cj

    You just said on the news broadcast that it is not up to the voters to decide what gets to be hunted but a few years ago, the voters got to decide on dove hunting.

    • Kristi

      The voters wouldn't be allowed to vote this time because the legislature did an end around to cut off a petition and gave the decision of a wolf hunt to the appointed Natural Resources Commission. Sen. Tom Casperson created a brand new law to intentionally cut out the voters and the petition with 255,000 registered MI voters' signatures on it.

  • Offended

    Real hunters don't take anything from mother nature they don't intend to eat.
    This wolf hunt is a disgrace, a travesty, a crime against nature.
    I hunt, and I eat what I take, I don't kill critters just because it's "cool" or trendy.
    Real hunters have respect for the critters and don't use them for target practice, If you have to test your skills on a living target….take up golf.
    Small man syndrome "hunters" piss me off, they give us real deal hunters a bad name.

  • Drew

    The only people claiming the hunt is about 'trophies' are non-hunters because that's what HSUS told them to get them to sign their petition. The hunt was about two things: reducing depredations and making them more wary of people. There are many reasons to hunt, not only food. Protection of pets, wildlife population management, nuisance control for example. It's great that your reason for hunting is for food, but don't assume to know know others' motivations just because an out-of-state anti-hunting organization told you so.

    • Kristi

      What else do you call killing an animal that you don't eat? That some will have taxidermied and hanging on a wall or on the floor or "sitting" in some room of the house? The majority of wolves killed in the hunt had not caused any conflicts with livestock in 2013. They were killed miles away from farms that had depredations as long as 3 years ago. Wolves are already wary of humans. The vast majority of pets killed were hunting dogs, sent out by their owners fully knowing wolves could be in the area but willing to sacrifice them in order to bag a bear or rabbit.

  • Dale

    Follow the money. Does most of the support for the petition come from out of state money used to hire people to get petitions signed, or local grassroots support? Do you swat flies for meat?

    • Louise Kane

      follow the money indeed
      Big corporate special interests like the livestock associations and trophy hunting industries unduly influence legislators with their money. A primary goal is to increase trophy hunting and to spread rhetoric about natural wild predators like wolves and coyotes, They whip up frenzy of fear and misconceptions ignoring the science about predators that shows how valuable they are in a balanced ecosystem. These same groups promote killing contests, trapping and snaring and eliminating predators from the landscape. Its too bad in 2014 we are still fighting these fights and don't have good humane laws that reflect public sentiments and good science. The Keep Michigan Wolves protected campaign only seeks to allow the voters to decide the issue! This is true democracy.

      • Whats it to ya

        So should voters decide if can hunt Robins, eagles, or owls?
        No science needed? My "public sentiments" say protect the family dog, cat, chickens, and so on.
        Hell the state allows killing of Racoon's simply for being in a farmers corn field but I don't hear you folks screaming about that….. oh yea they don't RESEMBLE a family dog. Take your feelings out of the picture and listen to science and common sense.

  • Louise Kane

    Its too bad that the story leaves out these facts
    trophy hunting kills random members of wolf packs and these wolf packs are structured like families. If you kill the most important experienced members potential problems with wolves increase not decrease sort of like killing a families father or mother and leaving the teens on their own. The trophy hunter claims that the ballot initiative to protect wolves is to end hunting, that is a smokescreen to cloud the issues. 257,000 votes OF Michigan signed a petition last year, followed a legal process to bring the issue to vote only to have the democratic process thwarted by a senator who is largely aligned with sports hunting and livestock special interests. If you follow the money as one poster complained about you'll see an awful lot of money coming from groups like the NRA and Safari Club international to shove trophy hunting down our throats and into political agendas in an never ending assault on wildlife. if you don't eat it don't kill it.

    • Whats it to ya

      Yet family members die every day and………everyone moves on…..part of life.
      Oooh 257,000 of over 7 million registered voters that's what 3.67%
      Do you realize what we'd have if every time 3.67% got what they wanted???

  • Kristi

    There are no biologists on the Natural Resource Commission, the body that oversees the DNR. The biologist of the DNR has to go along with the NRC, and the Senate. Funny that two of the researchers who worked with the state biologist explained why a wolf hunt isn't necessary. There is no scientific support for a wolf hunt. The public is to be allowed in the process in deciding wildlife/hunting issues. The DNR/NRC asked for comments from the public. The N. American Model of Wildlife Conservation says that the public shall be included, and the democratic process as well. I guess it's easy to cast aside the guideline of hunting ethics in order to get something, Andrew. We see what kind of hunter you are.