Scientific evidence does not suggest that wolves should be hunted in Michigan. Moreover, every reason that has been offered for why we should allow wolf hunting is misguided. For example:
Our lives are enriched by deer hunting, but a wolf’s life depends on it. Wolves will not infringe on our opportunity to hunt deer; they would only ask that we share some. That wolves eat deer is not a good reason to hunt wolves.
Wolf hunting is not like deer hunting, where hunters and their families are sustained by consuming its meat. We lose our humanity when we kill living creatures without adequate reason. I know of no adequate reason to think we should allow wolf hunting in Michigan. Some are motivated to hunt wolves in Michigan out of ignorance. And I am afraid others are motivated by hatred or callousness for life. If we allow wolf hunting in Michigan, it will be more a reflection of our attitude toward nature than a reflection of our scientific knowledge.
-John Vucetich, Associate Professor, co-director of the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Project, co-director of the Conservation Ethics Group, and author of more than 75 scholarly publications on a range of environmental topics including wolves living in places like Isle Royale, Yellowstone, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the desert southwest, Canada, and Scandinavia. The views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of the institutions or agencies with which Dr. Vucetich is associated.
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