Thank you, Jessica, for speaking out against this witch-hunt of a wolf season in Minnesota.
Read her letter to Governor Dayton here.
Not only does Ms. Lange correctly point out the precipitous decline in the population of wolves due to last year's hunt, but she goes on the highlight the particularly nasty nature of wolf hunt tactics:
More than anything else, the cruel methods allowed for hunting and trapping wolves are deeply disturbing. The majority of Minnesota voters oppose these inhumane and unethical, yet legally sanctioned practices: Metal leg-hold traps that crush limbs, wire choke snares that cause painful brain bleeding, and bait like food and the calls of wolf pups in distress that lure adult protectors to their death.
Many comments left in response by readers who support the hunts (on all sorts of highly questionable grounds) would be hilarious if they weren't so dangerous and ignorant. All those who purport to be so concerned about deer and elk, in truth view wilderness areas as their personal larders and shooting ranges.
Wolves aren't going to 'eat all the deer and elk', of course. Wolves are always far outnumbered by their prey. They have to be. That's the way it's always been and how our wilderness came to be, in the first place.
Nor are wolves of statistical significance in livestock losses. And any danger to humans isn't even on the radar. In fact, when it comes to both livestock and human safety, our own beloved domestic DOGS are not only far, far more frequent transgressors, but it turns out an alarming number of supposed 'wolf' predation incidents are actually packs of roaming or feral domestic dogs.
This brutal and grossly unethical wolf hunt is based on a combination of political anger and street-gang bullying, not biological sense. No other 'game' or trophy animal is 'hunted' with such a lack of respect or ethics. Hunters have no integrity when they gas or crush puppies in the den, kill mother wolves during pup-rearing season leaving her babies to starve to death, litter the borders of National Parks with traps or lure grieving pack members (actually extended family) out of protected areas, to their deaths, with cries of, or bodies of, mates, relatives or puppies.
No other 'game' animal is hunted nearly all year long, and at the edges of protected parks meant to preserve them, or hounded, shot from helicopters, poisoned, trapped or snared.
This transgression in wildlife policy and rise in 'acting out' by so-called hunters - shameless, brutal and boasting savage disregard for the animal hunted, is a blight on America.
I am ashamed of the face we are showing the world.
Wolves are an integral part of dynamic ecological systems that have functioned beautifully and without the need of Man's meddling, since the beginning.
Once again, thank you, Jessica, for doing the right thing, taking the high road and speaking out on behalf of these magnificent and beleaguered icons of the American wild.