Wolves have been protected in Michigan for almost 50 years after they were hunted to the brink of extinction. Even after four decades of protection, there are fewer than 700 wolves in the entire state. However, despite the population’s fragile status, some politicians rushed to open a sport hunting season for wolves – opening the door for the same practices that virtually wiped out the entire wolf population in the first place.
A TROPHY HUNT IS A CRUEL AND UNNECESSARY WASTE. OUR WOLF MANAGEMENT PLAN WORKS.
Farmers, ranchers and other landowners in Michigan are already allowed to kill wolves to protect their livestock or dogs. Though cases of wolves killing livestock are rare, our wolf management policy gives property owners the legal authority to protect their livestock. There is even a state program that compensates ranchers for any livestock losses from wolves. Allowing a wolf hunt would accomplish nothing to solve conflicts between property owners and wolves.
NO ONE EATS WOLVES. A WOLF HUNT IN MICHIGAN WOULD BE ALL ABOUT TROPHIES – PLAIN AND SIMPLE.
People do not hunt wolves for food. Allowing the recreational hunting of wolves is just an attempt by politicians to cater to the tiny, but vocal, minority who want a wolf trophy displayed in their living room. Michiganders value our wolves and do not want to see them slaughtered for pointless trophies.
A SPORT HUNTING SEASON COULD SUBJECT WOLVES TO EXTREMELY CRUEL AND UNSPORTING PRACTICES
Wolves are often hunted via the cruelest and most unsporting methods of killing – including painful steel-jawed leghold traps where animals suffer for hours or even days, shooting wolves over piles of bait, and even using packs of dogs to chase down and kill wolves.
A TROPHY HUNT WOULD REVERSE YEARS OF PROGRESS, WASTING TAXPAYER DOLLARS.
The country spent tens of millions of tax dollars to restore healthy wolf populations back from virtual extinction. And now politicians want to throw away all of the money spent and all of the progress that has been made. They want to bring back the same practices that virtually wiped out the entire wolf population in Michigan decades ago. That is irresponsible and wrong.
THE PUBLIC IS SAFE.
There has never been a recorded wolf attack on a human in Michigan. Wolves are afraid of people and do all they can to avoid them. We should not let irrational fear of wolves drive the trophy hunting of these majestic creatures.
WOLVES ARE AN INVALUABLE PART OF MICHIGAN’S ECOSYSTEM.
The Upper Peninsula is a special place—nature at its best. Natural predators like wolves are an essential part of the Upper Peninsula’s ecosystem. Wolves play a significant role in the Upper Peninsula ecosystem by reducing densities of deer, beavers, and other species. Their presence will bring benefits to agriculture, public safety, water quality, and ecosystem health.