I just had a friend post a Defenders of Wildlife link on my FB page and I've had friends post HSUS links as well as a few others on the list fighting to keep the wolves in Wisconsin on the Endangered Species List. What we should do here is organize informative responses to these anti hunting groups to expose them for what they really are doing. Get the facts and then get on FB and flood these anti hunting walls with pro hunting facts that will get people to think.
In Wisconsin the argument is pretty simple. First, no one wants to wipe out the wolves, Wisconsin DNR has a good wolf management program that Defenders of Wildlife, HSUS and others are preventing our DNR from being able to manage the wolves. You can't manage just some of the wildlife. These groups have done nothing to provide habitat for wolves, provide food for wolves, have not helped to move problem wolves, and they believe because there are no wolves in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, and all other corners of Wisconsin that they should still be considered endangered. We have food and habitat for about 500 wolves, we've got over 1500 wolves and counting. What happens when we are all out of deer up north? What do 40,000+ black bears and 1500+ that could be 2500+ next year going to eat? Where are they going to go? City people and America's dairy land don't want 'em, if they can't make it up north, becoming public enemy number 1 down in southern and central Wisconsin isn't going to help the wolves future.
Get them to think about it and ask them what did wolves eat in Wisconsin 300 years ago before man screwed the food chain up. The wolf's favorite food was the American bison. How many of those are roaming the north woods now days? Wolves also ate elk, deer, moose, caribou, possibly antelope...now they only have deer, and 160 elk left. If you want to save the wolves, the deer, and the bears and you also want to prepare for the cougars return, then wouldn't it make sense to join a group that's provided thousands of acres of restored habit and helped Wisconsin and many other states to restore elk populations for all to enjoy? Do you want to be on RMEF's side of the courtroom backed by science, sound and proven wildlife management practices, or on the side of DoW and HSUS with only high priced lawyers and double talk on there side.
When the deer numbers in Wisconsin hit all time lows up north, who spoke up to protect them? Deer hunters. What big game animal provides the most conservation money for our state? Deer hunting. How can we ask our DNR to manage deer and bears without being able to manage wolves? What good are too many predators who are doomed to starve to death? Or doomed to war with hunters? History shows us how that scenario plays out. The best thing that could happen to the wolves in Wisconsin is a controlled hunt. With a DNR wolf hunt you make conservation money, you give a value to the wolves, you get wolves off the nuisance and threat list and add them to the big game list that's protected by hunters. If the arrival of wolves also brings the opportunity of adding elk and wolves to the big game list it will be a much easier pill to swallow.
Hell, I even take it one step further in saying if we have to have wolves in Wisconsin, we also have to have elk and bison. The same study that got our elk program started also said bison would work too. What are our choices? Reduce the bear numbers and keep trying to make a food chain of deer, bear, wolf and humans work which means fewer deer tags, fewer bear tags as we let the economy and our hunting heritage go to crap? Or we invest in more natural renewable resources that this land was designed to provide to rebalanced the big game food chain in a way that will embrace and revive our hunting heritage and economy at the same time. They want to use the wolf as a biological weapon to destroy hunting in Wisconsin. Wolves kill the deer, move south, kill the rest of the deer and feed upon domestic animals until they too are wiped out. We need to use the wolf to strengthen hunting, strengthen our big game food chain and in return it will strengthen the deer herd, the bear population and provide a need for hunting for generations to come.
I only mention bison because our DNR has a herd of Bison. In this time of cut backs, why would we keep a herd of bison behind fences and sell off the excess bison to domestic farmers as livestock? This nations greatest natural renewable resource, the American Bison, reduced to buffalo burgers! How can anyone want to save the wolves and not want to save this majestic beast? I'd much rather have a non hunter saving Elk and bison than giving money to Defenders of Wildlife and HSUS. We want jobs? We've got one of the best university systems in the world and they work well together with our DNR. Fit these beasts with GPS and find the best place possible for them to survive. Turn them loose as a test herd and let science and nature do their thing. If it doesn't work, it's easy enough to wipe them out again, and we don't have to pay to feed and fence them in anymore. Farmers have plenty. I'd look at Clam Lake first, as to what better place to see how the improved food chain works together while some of the road/traffic issues have already been dealt with.
I can't imagine a hunter or wildlife lover of any kind that wouldn't love to see all of the big game animals return to Wisconsin. Why not? Car wrecks? Cars are safer than ever, we can gain jobs in making cars safer, fixing cars and making our highway system more wildlife friendly, not to mention restore habitat that's no longer needed for the paper industry and replace those lost jobs with jobs in the hunting industry, firearms industry, and tourism industry. As land owners up north start cashing in on natural renewable resources, land owners in central and southern Wisconsin then have choices to make. Keep beating the land into submission to produce milk and cheese or restore habitat and make a better, cleaner, more natural living off the land.
American by birth, hunter by choice.