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Michigan Wolf Recovery – Successful Farce
Written for the Yooper Spectator - March 2007
By C. J. Williams
Eco-environmentalists, the MI-DNR, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are lauding the success of the MI-WI-MN wolf reintroduction initiative and using it to champion the value of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as a tool for species recovery.
Since wolves have never been in danger of becoming extinct, the reintroduction of the vicious predators in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is far from commendable unless one wants to consider forcing Yoopers to live with an over-abundance of wolves a success story. It is, in fact, a farce of major proportions being carried out in many states and so is the ESA, which has done little to nothing to save species since it was enacted in 1973 to become part and parcel of the international “Biodiversity Action Plan” ala the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity.
Since 1973, at least 1,126 species have been put on the federal endangered list, mainly because lawsuits by non-government environmental organizations have been initiated to put them there. Of those 1,126 species that have been listed, only 11 have purportedly recovered. That’s less than 1% that have been saved at great cost to humans, whether those species truly contribute anything of value to Gang Greens’ conceptualized and computer-modeled vision of healthy eco-systems or not. There’s also the cost to wildlife such as deer and elk that are a good part of the carnivorous predator menu.
There are tens of thousands of wolves just over the northern U.S. border and countless more dining on children in India and other countries, and so to say wolves have been an endangered or threatened species at the brink of extinction is an out-right lie.
The only thing successful about taking wolves off the endangered list in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota has been the deception with which this part of the national Wildlands Project re-wilding was initially implemented, including hauling a couple hundred wolves to the U.P. from other areas and sending out a minuscule number of Michigan wolf surveys designed to get favorable results needed by the re-wilders when the UN’s Isle Royale Biosphere kicked into full speed mode in the mid-1990’s.
Folks at the Yooper Spectator continue to hear about wolf encounters with humans, their pets, and livestock, and most recently heard of a party in Hubbell who reports that wolves are coming down into the village from the hills just west of town. Whether it’s a potential food source or the shrill sound of children playing outdoors that draws them isn’t known. We’ve also recently heard from some farmers in the more western side of the peninsula and residents in rural southern Houghton County who are seeing more and more wolves in their fields and yards.
As the number of wolves increase each year, as they eat their way through their prey base and become more acclimated to human settlements and isolated rural homeowners, there are going to be more problems and more human/wolf conflicts, which sooner or later is going to include horrific injury or death to one or more people.
Yours truly recently received an e-mailed graphic (pdf – 954 KB) accounting of wolf depredation in just a small area of New Mexico where local landowners are trying to deal with livestock losses due to wolf packs and threats to human life by the same. Anyone wishing an e-mailed
forward of that accounting can contact Yooper Spectator and request it.
That accounting was accompanied by a letter written and copied to me by Bob Foster, a letter which was addressed to the Grant County, New Mexico Board of Commissioners. Bob is President of “People for the USA, Southwest New Mexico Chapter” and these words from his letter can just as easily be applied to Yoopers:
“All persons are born free, and have certain natural, inherent and inalienable rights, among which are the rights of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and of seeking and obtaining safety and happiness.
This “fools errand” of policy in the reintroduction of wolves into the southwest has violated every inherent right granted to the Citizens of this fine state. It has denied access, destroyed property, harassed, maimed and killed personal property, denied the right to financial gain, denied access to public lands and placed citizens in harms way of being attacked by this predator. In the future, there will be uncontrolled breeding; what will the population be in ten years? Look at the current wolf population problems in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Wisconsin and Michigan.
The arrogant agencies and program supporters would lead us to believe that wolves have not and will not attack humans; when in fact there have been many incidents of attacks within North America, including the United States. Request the arrogant agencies and supporters explain their position to the parents of the young Canadian who recently was eaten alive by wolves.
What will the commissioners response be when children are attacked, maimed or killed while waiting at a rural school bus stop, or playing at a rural setting, or performing routine chores? Rest assured, it is inevitable in the not too distant future that attacks on humans will occur. Actually, it has occurred to the extent that wolves have followed people, harassed people, chased people on horseback, maimed and killed personal pets and livestock, surrounded and approached hunters, intimidated campers and hunters. This entire program is little more than a train wreck waiting to happen. The federal and state agencies hold no responsibility and cannot be held liable for the actions of their precious little prize.
Who then, should be accountable for the protection afforded by the US Constitution, State Constitution and the time honored Declaration of Independence? The County Commissioners hold this trust and duty to protect its citizens and it remains their responsibility to solicit other county assistance and the state legislature to enforce an ordinance and state law that requires the guilty agencies that place our citizens in jeopardy, to withdraw immediately all wolves within the boundaries of New Mexico.”
The Yoopers’ battle with re-wilders who are implementing the Wildlands Project hasn’t ended with the delisting of wolves in Michigan; it’s only just begun. Next on their agenda will be cougar, the same species the MI-DNR has failed to see for years just as they couldn’t see all the wolves that
we all saw for many years before the wildlife management agency got around to recognizing them as something other than overgrown coyotes.
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