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Hunters and conservationists embrace science to manage wildlife, even if data results in a decrease in their recreation. For example, if deer numbers are down due to disease, harsh winters, or other factors, state game agencies reduce the number of doe tags or possibly close the season for the benefit of the herd. Anti-hunters, in particular animal rights advocates, base their decisions on emotions, and the Great Lakes wolves controversy is a perfect example. To realize the impact of these killing machines, multiply 4,000 (the estimated wolf population) by 365 (one kill per day) and you eliminate nearly 1.5 million animals each year. This is crazy! Brian Lynn Makes the case in this post from Sportsman’s Alliance.

As winter snow accumulates, even an antlered buck has little chance against a pack of wolves.
As winter snow accumulates, even an antlered buck has little chance against a pack of wolves.

With nearly 4,000 wolves roaming the Great Lakes region, scientists and wildlife management professionals with more than 1,000 years of cumulative research on wolves overwhelmingly agree with the Sportsmen’s Alliance: wolves in the Great Lakes region are not endangered and should be removed from the protections of the Endangered Species Act with management returned to state biologists.

In a letter to Sally Jewell, Secretary of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 26 scientists, many of whom originally lobbied for the wolf’s endangered status, attest that wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin should be considered recovered. Consider these telling quotes from the letter:

“For at least a decade, wolf populations have recovered in these states to the point where continued listing under the ESA is no longer necessary or beneficial to future wolf conservation. [continued]

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  1. Last year while walking out of the woods after a day of bear hunting, i kept getting a creepy feeling of being followed. This was my third day of hunting and first time feeling like this. I kept looking back, seeing nothing. The trail was well light by moonlight until I got to an area where the forest met the trail, then it was totally dark, the creepy feeling got really strong, then all of a sudden within 15 yards they started growling. At that point I started to talk really loud while taking the safety off my 30 06. It then got really quiet…..but I was ready..then in the distance I heard my brothers truck coming….I told my brother the growling came from a “huge” “dog”, the guys had all seen the wolves. The next night they walked me to my tree and I was told to sit there in the tree until they walked to me. We saw no bears during that hunt…but lots of wolves.

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