Tomahawk Leader Tue. - Aug. 5
Wolves not wanton killers!
To the Editor:
This letter is in response to the letter to the editor called "Wolves wanton killers" written by a misinformed anti-wolf zealot (July 29).
I am not going to respond to comments in the article regarding wolves not climbing trees, causing lyme's disease, etc. Most people who read the article realized how ridiculous these statements are.
As far as being "wanton killers," I would suggest that it wasn't the wolf who slaughtered the buffalo, the passenger pigeon, elk, etc., but rather our ancestors whom the writer of the article called "wise" to eliminate the wolf. Not one species was driven t extinction by the wolf, however many were by human beings. Perhaps it is we that are the wanton killers.
As to the wolves affecting the deer populations, there have been an average of 1.6 million deer in the state of Wisconsin over the last three years, the highest population ever in the history of the state. Homeowners, foresters, farmers, insurance companies will all tell you we have too many deer!
As far as the deer killed by wolves, they have consumed approximately 15,000 deer - hunters have taken 1,440,000 - road kills totaled over 135,000. I will be glad to support these figures taken for the last three years. This doesn't include over 215,000 deer not followed up on only to die later. As you can see the amount of deer killed by wolves is practically insignificant.
We must get over this Mayflower mentality and stop using bar stool biology. As an apex predator the wolf has a necessary and rightful place in our ecosystem, and most people realize that as Aldo Leopold said - "Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of the wolf."
ECCOLA Wolf Task Force
<small>[ August 09, 2003, 09:29 AM: Message edited by: Abraham ]</small>
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