Lia Vallina: Vote NO on Proposal 1 and 2

Michigan is home to fewer than 650 wolves. Once critically endangered with only three wolves recorded in 1989, their population has recovered under government protection. However, they were removed from the endangered species list in 2012 and killing wolves that threaten livestock or pets was legalized. After this November’s election, indiscriminate wolf hunting could be legalized. Even worse, the appointed Natural Resources Commission could be given the unprecedented power to add almost any protected animal, including wolves, to the list of game species to be hunted without consulting legislators or voters. As a voter, you have the opportunity to voice your opposition to these proposals by voting NO on Proposals 1 and 2 in the Nov. 4 election.

There’s no veritable evidence to support the need for a wolf hunt. The Department of Natural Resources justified the wolf hunt by citing attacks on livestock. However, more than 60 percent of all verified wolf attacks on livestock in the Upper Peninsula and 80 percent in Wolf Management Unit B occurred on a single farm owned by John Koski in Ontonagon County. Koski left dead cattle to decompose in his fields for longer than 24 hours, the maximum time allowed by law. He also illegally used deer carcasses to attract predators. The DNR even provided Koski with $3,000 worth of fencing and guard donkeys to protect his cattle. However, the fencing was never used and disappeared. Two of the guard donkeys died and the third had to be removed from the farm due to severe neglect. So, wolves are not putting livestock in danger. Rather, irresponsible farming practices on Koski’s farm in particular are to blame.

Furthermore, stories have been fabricated in a desperate attempt to defend hunting wolves. In 2011, Representative Matt Huuki and Senator Tom Casperson claimed that three wolves were shot outside of a daycare center shortly after children were playing in the yard. But in reality, only one wolf was spotted, who ran away after the owner shouted to scare him away. No children were playing outside on the property at the time and no wolves were ever shot on the property. DNR spokesperson Adam Bump stated in an interview on Michigan Radio: “So you have wolves showing up in backyards, wolves showing up on porches, wolves staring at people through their sliding glass doors when they’re pounding on it, exhibiting no fear...” This story is complete fabrication, and there are no accounts to support these claims. So there’s no evidence to demonstrate that a wolf hunt is a necessary course of action to protect property.

Painful and inhumane hunting methods could be in store for Michigan’s wolves if Proposal 1 is allowed to stand. Steel-jawed leghold traps cause extreme pain and stress to the animal, many even gnawing off their own limbs of in a frantic attempt to free themselves. Non-target animals, such as dogs, often get caught in these traps.

It would also become www.keepwolvesprotected.com/about >legal to bait wolves and use packs of dogs to chase them down. Some hunters even bait wolves with the carcasses of their family members.

So please defend Michigan’s small wolf population and restore the voice of the voters on important wildlife issues like the wolf hunt by voting NO on Proposals 1 and 2 in the Nov. 4 election.

 


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In the 2014 general election, Michigan voters soundly rejected two referendums on the trophy hunting and trapping of the state’s small population of wolves. But now, the Michigan legislature has rushed through another bill, SB 1187, to once again designate wolves as a game species to be hunted and trapped—in spite of that public rejection of an almost identical measure at the ballot box just two years ago...


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