Opposition to wolf hunt seems purely emotional

  • Article by: PEGGY CALLAHAN
  • Updated: November 16, 2012 - 6:06 PM

The science suggests no worries about pack disruption or even cruelty.

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swmnguyNov. 16, 12 6:52 PM

I think Callahan is probably correct. She knows more about this than I do. I find the wolf hunt distasteful, but all the scientists I've heard indicate there's no real problem with it. I don't hunt at all, because I don't need to and it doesn't seem much fun to me. I don't oppose this, or other seemingly-sensible hunting proposals. It's clear we need to do something about whitetail deer, Canada gees, gray squirrels and coyotes in the urban area. I'll take the scientists' word for it about wolves. Good article, and a sensible account of the real issues at stake, including emotion.

yathinksoNov. 16, 12 7:58 PM


budgrant00Nov. 16, 12 8:07 PM

Very well written and spot on. Emotion is indeed powerful motivator... on both sides of the issue.

gutshotNov. 16, 12 8:26 PM

Thanks for an objective analysis--finally!!!

jmusielewiczNov. 16, 12 8:29 PM

The second claim I am going to make is the fact that those are not even scientists that this article is stating are claiming that its an 'emotional' argument. 'Harvesting' is a fallacy for two reasons. No need to--don't need the food. Second -- the people doing it can't count. Out west they kill wild horses. For no reason except they are stupid lazy people. Here in Minnesota they apparently want to do the same. I would say the 'great white hunters' can watch videos until their desire to 'kill' passes. They can 'hunt' for the videos.

archyopterxNov. 16, 12 9:44 PM

too bad no one is listening to reason

CarmineNov. 16, 1210:04 PM

Of course emotion in involved! Wolves are living creatures, which humans somehow feel entitled to kill for fun. Let's stop with the pretense that sport or trophy hunting have anything to do with "science." This commentary entirely misses the point of the public's objection to the wolf hunt--that it is barbaric, destructive, and that it was pushed forward by the DNR at the behest of cattle ranchers and deer hunters, while the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Minnesotans are being completely ignored. Let me remind you that these are OUR wolves and we want them protected, not destroyed.

mettlerbullNov. 16, 1210:05 PM

Peggy, you & your organization disappoint me. People who really care about animals, have no "trapper friends".

sandylaker1Nov. 16, 1210:06 PM

Well, that just takes the cake. Here you have two known people who have jobs that study wolves. You would think that Mr. Mech and Ms. Callahan would be empathetic AND sympathetic to the killing of the wolves here in Minnesota. Sure, it's an emotional issue for anyone who is sympathetic/empathetic to all animals AND WHO has a soul, it would bother them. What hasn't been stated in this article is about the cultural aspect for the Anishinaabe Ojibwe people. This is not just an emotional issue. Our culture is not an emotional issue, it's a racial issue too. All Ojibwe tribes in Minnesota is off limits to Wolf Hunting and they have passed tribal resolutions for that purpose. As for that red wolf bulletin board, so what if it's a red wolf, a wolf is a wolf and a trap is a trap, not matter what kind they are. Trapping is a barbaric torture tool and should be outlawed, it's the twentieth century not the 1800s.

pjscottNov. 16, 1210:12 PM

What's wrong with being opposed to wolf killing for emotional reasons?


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