SB 1350 – Wolf Management Bill Introduced In SenateOctober 24th, 2012
As expected last week, the Senate has introduced a bill that would designate the wolf as a game species in Michigan and pave the way for more comprehensive wolf management in the state and the potential for a future hunting season.
Senate Bill 1350 was sponsored by Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) and received co-sponsorships from Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) and Sen. Darwin Booher (R-Evart). Sen. Casperson also happens to be the Chairman of the Senate Natural Resources, Environment, and Great Lakes Committee, where SB 1350 resides.
While you’re at it, call or write your Senator and Representative and ask for their support of SB 1350 as well. The anti-hunting and animal rights groups will be out in full force with emotional appeals and faulty logic.
The truth is the wolf has made an historic recovery in Michigan. What was once an extinct species now is over 700 strong in this state. The wolf is back and should be managed along with every other species across the Michigan landscape. It is sound and basic wildlife management.
The anti-hunting and animal rights organizations insinuate that making the wolf a game animal or creating a regulated hunting season will exterminate the population once again.
We know this argument not even based in reality. For nearly a hundred years, the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, with the use of hunting and trapping as management tools, has conserved our wildlife populations, and helped species once threatened to flourish again. The idea that a regulated hunting and trapping season will wipeout a population is simply and utterly false. This argument should not be given any credence in today’s society. Yet, sadly it is.
That is why sportsmen and women like you across the state can help spread the word to the public about hunting and trapping as an acceptable wildlife management tool. If regulated hunting and trapping has worked to conserve nearly every other species in Michigan, why would the wolf be any different?
This issue goes beyond just wolves. It gets to the heart of the debate over using science or emotion to dictate wildlife management decisions.
So which will it be? Sound science, or emotional appeal? With your help, we can make sure sound scientific management of wildlife wins the day.
If you haven’t already, be sure to sign the petition in support of wolf management in Michigan at www.mucc.org/wolfmanagement.