To the editor:
Oppose House Bill 5384, a huge theft of good will from Michigan's sportsmen.
Game management over several decades has maintained what has become the chosen and essential habitat for wolves in Michigan, and established that sport hunting (not of wolves) is necessary to their survival, paying for and managing the healthy game surpluses and same game habitat wolves preferred. Only then they "restored themselves." A hunting season for wolves would obscure this.
The bill, or at the first major post-endangered wolf bill passed, has to note that both wolves, other healthy game and nongame wildlife populations and their habitat have, by several decades of experience, been proven to benefit from the sound scientific management of the game species favored by hunters.
This includes hunting as a management tool known to be essential to maintain the game species, and that hunting has restored both those game and nongame species and was, is and will be essential to those species, whether they are hunted or not.
Since this can be shown true, the state should establish that managing the base of the food chain is more important, as it is even to the wolves that would starve otherwise. Improve more deer habitat and manage game such as they have, frankly, for the essential hunters.
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If that results in more wolf problems, they will be lost in the noise of the ecological and economic improvement. Is it possible some or most problems with wolves attacking livestock happen because there isn't enough deer habitat in their area?
But for goodness sake, don't let it be forgotten that game management, hunting and hunters of deer and other already game animals is the one thing that let wolves come home to Michigan again. It was this conservation, not preservation, that did it.
Palo Alto, Calif.