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  1. On the proposed wolf hunt, I don’t understand the motivation. I can understand the need to manage the wolves, as one must manage the homeless pet population of an urban area, but how does what would seem an unfortunate necessity become such a cause for celebration?

    Why hunt one of these big shy dogs to provide yourself with a pelt or a rug to symbolize the grief and loss suffered by the other members of the pack? This has to be the epitome of bad taste – but since it is displayed, is one knowing anything about wolves to ask how the family of wolves are currently doing without the “trophy” that once helped provide the others with food, protection, and companionship? What roles it once served in the pack? Was it the one that always started the play, that play that ceases for weeks when a wolf in a pack is killed? The fur or taxidermy specimen preserves none of that, discards it, destroys it during the taking.

    How should one react to someone presenting this as an achievement, and, absurdly, themselves claiming to have a special respect and understanding of the wolf? While blaringly displaying a total lack of interest and understanding of what would matter most to the animal they killed for the scrap of mounted or tanned fur kept – the pack and its offspring whose welfare all contributed towards?

    A wolf is part of a family of interdependent creatures, its interactions and sharing of experiences and knowledge and kinship, the support it provides and which is to provided to it by its pack-mates for food and common defense, and the play and ritual that hold their society together.

    Maybe someone can be intimidated or for politeness refrain from mentioning the fact, but no one has the right to demand others share an ignorance. Should children in school be excused from being taught of wolves so they don’t think badly of their own parents’ opinions? Should they be excused from learning simple logic so they can learn wolves control a territory that excludes other wolves and that they tend towards a single litter, and at the same time believe the contradiction that wolves can’t (rather than won’t or don’t) control their own numbers, so it should never be tested if they do or how much?

    Perhaps someone can explain it to me, inflicting this on a pack of wolves. It doesn’t matter how clean and painless the kill might have been, knowing the continuing loss and despair they are starting and enjoying the process nevertheless. Surely they don’t mean to be presenting themselves as evil? If not, how can they do this?

    In 1947 Alaskan legislators faced demands for bald eagle bounties – using salmon eaten, and preventing potential carnage of lambs and pups on sheep and fox farms as excuses – and approved them with only 3 state senators and one representative having the courage to vote against it, due to a few legislators who made it a political cause.

    In 1953 the bounty repeal was passed with only one senator dissenting, though those wanting $2 for each pair of eagle claws tossed in the 55-gallon drum were presumably livid.

    For Michigan’s wolves, is it 1947 or 1953? will they be permitted to have the wolf packs and territories they’ve developed, or have them torn apart by a harvest scything members out of all the packs at random, at least most packs, most years?

    If important, your Michigan state house will decide tomorrow as of today (12/3):

    House Standing Committee Meeting
    Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation, Rep. Frank Foster, Chair
    DATE: 12/4/2012 TIME: 9:00 AM
    PLACE: Room 307 House Office Building, Lansing, MI
    SB 1350 (Sen. Casperson) Natural resources; hunting; gray wolf; include in game list and authorize hunting season.

    Ask your representative to continue to treat wolves as nongame wildlife. Contribute to the $10million Michigan nongame wildlife fund ($6million in interest bearing trust). Instead of putting on taxpayers something the legislators’ own analysis refuses to say will pay for itself. Sen Casperson’s Wolf Hunt Subsidy Tax.

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