To the editor:
House Bill 5834, to legalize wolf hunting in Michigan, introduced by Rep. Matt Huuki, R-Atlantic Mine, is not surprising. While some rejoice, to others, this is anything but good news.
Legalizing wolf hunting would go a long way toward destroying my lifelong love and appreciation for our beautiful state and its bountiful natural resources. HB5834 goes against the management plan developed by a committee of stakeholders whose studies, discussions and conclusions should not be abruptly dismissed.
Many feel blessed to have a chance to see a wild wolf and delight in knowing that they share our forests. How unfortunate that there is support for "thrill killing" of these beautiful, valuable animals. "Problem" wolves are already being killed legally. There is no reason to disrupt wolves that are simply doing the work they were created to do in the environment.
Killing wolves randomly will alter the structure of their packs, resulting in more problem wolves and excuses to kill them. Trapping and baiting are wrongheaded, yet will likely be part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' plan. Wherever wolves exist, during whatever era, despite humans' education and enlightenment, they are persecuted.
Some will regard Rep. Huuki's and other legislators' efforts to enact wolf hunting as heroic. To others, it looks like political pandering.
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