I have been very clear on my thoughts on wolves, and I have had a lot of people tell me I was wrong. I do not like wolves.
My family has over 500 acres in the U.P. my grandfather purchased the land as a young man when he worked for the railroad and as a bonus they could buy it very cheap. It has been the family hunting camp for over sixty years. In the last ten years the deer heard has been decimated by wolves. We use to see over thirty deer a day, now MABY three. We see wolf kills and wolves on the property. Many of the locals who have been our family friends for years have lost their jobs due to the wolf. They have reduced the deer heard so much that hunters no longer visit the area reducing busines so much they had to close. Our property value has even decreased due to the deer population decreasing and hunters not wanting property in the area.
The way I see it wolves are like poachers, if you owned and managed a piece of property and trespassers, poachers or others were on your land killing the deer you would go to great measures to stop them. The drought this summer caused blue tounge disease to kill a lot of deer, I seen a lot of threads here on how to treat water deer use, and people scared about what they could due to save their heard. Why should we not be able to protect our land and heard from wolves if you can protect your from a natural killer? Is it not the same as a natural disease killing deer? Both are natural, both have effects on the heard, why can you treat a natural disease to save your deer, but I can not treat a natural problem to save mine?
I do not own the wolves, but I do own the land, and we as a family pay the taxes, and keep the land to hunt as a family, if wolves are ruining that why should we have to put up with it?
Michigan hunters purchased over 1,000,000 licenses last year, how many licences were bought to watch wolves? How much money was influxed into our starving economy by wolf watchers? How much by hunters? I feel we should protect be able to protect our land for the wildlife we choose to have on it.
Please tell me your opinion on why wolves should be protected and saves.