So, the lunatics have humans in favor of animals, once again.
Miles Kuschel could have taken aim to protect his cattle from the pack of six gray wolves stalking his herd Easter morning.
Since pulling the trigger meant risking a prison term, he didn’t.
But when Kuschel returned to his farm after Easter services, he found a calf’s bloody carcass.
“They came, they killed and they left, but they’re still around. They just move on to the neighbor’s place,” said Kuschel, president of the Cass County Chapter of the Farm Bureau. Federal wildlife authorities confirmed wolves did indeed kill the 80-pound calf.
Many view the gray wolf’s recovery in the Great Lakes region as one of the Endangered Species Act’s success stories. But to those on the front lines of the wolf’s range, the so-called model program in December became a model of judicial overreach. ……
…. After three years of state management, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in December made what’s viewed by some as a lone-wolf decision. Gray wolves returned to federal protection in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, the third time since 2003 federal courts have rejected a U.S Fish and Wildlife Service plan to de-list the predator in the Great Lakes region…..
…. Yet environmental groups maintain the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ limited hunting and trapping season endangered the remarkable recovery of what’s also called the timber wolf. The court challenge brought by the Humane Society of the U.S. and others led to reclassification of wolves as threatened in Minnesota and endangered in Michigan and Wisconsin……
…. The wolf was removed from federal protection in 2012, and Minnesota’s wolf population declined, as anticipated. Hunters and trappers harvested 413 wolves, in addition to a record 295 problem wolves taken by federal wildlife authorities, for depredation control.
That left at least 2,200 wolves in northern Minnesota, well above the 1,250 to 1,400 baseline monitored by Fish and Wildlife. A cutback in DNR hunting and trapping licenses, coupled with fewer problem wolves eliminated, led to a 10 percent increase — to some 2,400 wolves a year later.
“Once the state took it over and allowed some controlled hunting and the ability for us to protect our livestock, it gave the predatory wolves that were bothering us the sense of fear to stay back in the woods and leave the cattle alone. Now, unfortunately, that control is taken away,” said Kuschel. ….
… Federal wildlife agents attribute the increase in cattle depredation to a mild winter and early spring, which placed wolves at a disadvantage against their usual prey — deer. More dead cattle — even dead pets —leads to more hard feelings among locals……
I don’t know how to explain this to a bunch of lunatic jackasses who’ve never been to the wild. Wolves are high tier predators. They’re very clever, and when hungry ….. forget about the cattle, that’s not your biggest concern. So, a mild winter and early spring set them at a disadvantage? Wait until they have an exceptional harsh winter in Minnesota, and the deer contract a disease and kills a bunch of them off. (This happens from time to time.) ….. by then, they can have in excess of 5000 wolves in northern Minnesota. What’s going to happen then? ……. People will die. Mostly idiot young people.
This is the same problem we’re seeing with the polar bears. There is a limit to how many we can have without them becoming a serious concern for the people in the area, and the animals will expand their territory. Predators must, and will have prey. High tier predators have preferred prey, but, will always attempt to adapt and change prey if their preferred prey isn’t enough to sustain them. This is why we have to keep the populations of bears, big cats, and wolves down. They don’t play well with humans and our domesticated animals, they eat them when their preferred prey becomes to few to sustain their growing population.
I don’t think the lunatics understand nature very well.
Reminds me of a song, though …….