Revised Final Draft Megan L

Revised Final Draft Megan L.

Wolves In Danger

"The Grey Wolf population in the Great Lakes region is in danger, which has caused a federal court to reinstate them on the Endangered Species Act or known as the ESA" (CBS News). Throughout the past couple years the gray wolf population has gone up and down which isn't a good thing. What is causing this you might ask? The DNR has been in charge of when there should be a wolf hunt. They feel there should be a hunt to keep the wolf population under control and have humans and their livestock feel safe. For the longest time wolves have had a not so good reputation of being very violent animals that will kill other animals or even human. As a child I'm sure everyone had the fairy-tales of Little Red Riding Hood read to him or her, which portrays a big bad wolf. Or even the fact of how different people were brought up to think about wolves. These are both factors in what contribute to the grey wolfs bad reputation. The grey wolf has an undeserved reputation as a predator of livestock and a danger to humans. This has lead to the DNR's mismanagement of the wolf population.

A major cause to this problem is what started the wolf hunt in the first place, which is humans and their livestock feeling they are in danger. Originally you could kill a grey wolf to protect a human life or your livestock. The circumstances have now changed due to the grey wolf being reinstated to the ESA. According to the DNR, "Wolves in Minnesota can only be killed in defense of human life. Only agents of the government are authorized to take wolves if pets or livestock are threatened, attacked or killed" (Wolf Management). Once the wolf hunt was created to keep humans and their livestock safe they felt that there should be something else done as well. It wasn't just going to be enough to kill a wolf if you or your livestock felt in danger why not have annual regulated hunts to keep the numbers in check. With a wolf hunt they gave out the specific amount of licenses to keep the numbers in check but there are always the people that feel the need to hunt and trap illegally and that is what caused the wolves to go back on the ESA. They counted and tracked the number of wolves each winter and that is how they got the number of how many licenses should be distributed. What is gong on now is the Humane Society of the United States filled a law suite against the DNR to have a federal court decide to throw out the Obama administrations decision to remove the grey wolf from the ESA. In turn the court threw it out and the decision will ban the hunting and trapping of the gray wolf in three states including Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. This decision shows that the DNR has not been managing the wolf population correctly for the past couple years. Now they are left to devise a new plan to take action with.

Multiple shows today on the television show werewolves. Most every show shows the werewolf ripping out a human's throat and killing them. When the everyday person watches those show they learn to fear them because they learn to believe that it could actually happen to them as they see it on the show. The werewolf and the grey wolf are closely linked seeing as they have the word wolf in both titles. Most cases of wolf attacks recorded are very brutal. Men and women are going out for walk/jog and not returning because wolves attacked them. The only reason they think it was wolves was because of the tracks in the snow. In some of the cases they stated, "a jogger had lost about 25% to 30% of his body mass in the attack, with the top midsection to the thigh having been partially consumed" (Jonathan DuHamel). Although there are recorded wolf attacks doesn't mean that wolves are out to get humans.

Another major cause to the problem is that wolves have been feared, hated, and persecuted for hundreds of years in North America. Native Americans on the other hand have incorporated wolves into their traditions, rituals, and legends, portraying the as furious warriors. Europeans Americans on the other hand despised the grey wolf. They felt they were a threat to their livestock. A hunt that they started in the 1950s nearly wiped out the entire wolf population in the United States (Wolf Wars). In this day and age we were brought up on fairy-tales such as Little Red Riding Hood , The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf ,which all show wolves as means scary creatures. People go most of their lives believing that wolves are scary animals that could kill or injure you. This doesn't necessarily mean that they need to be hunted. Yes there is a slight chance that a wolf could attack and kill you or injure you but does that really need to be the base of a wolf hunt? No we should solely be hunting them to keep the population in tact. These days' people are killing wolves because of what they think of them and their idea of how they are bad animals. At this point people could just be hunting and trapping them because of their bad image. They could be doing so illegally which is how they get put back on the ESA with he management of the DNR.

I can see where the owners of livestock are coming from. They don't what their animals being killed by a wolf and then not be able to kill that wolf in return so it doesn't come back. Now that the restrictions have changed I am sure it makes it a lot harder for the farmers to restrain themselves for killing a wolf if they feel it is harming their animals. There are still options for the farmers who now can have the DNR come out and kill the wolf themselves but need to see that they are actually threatening the animal. In a perfect world farmers would be able to kills wolves threatening their animals. Now that the wolf population is in danger it has changed but the are still left with options.

A lot of wolves in movies do come off really scary. Those are obviously there to get the suspense up and get you to keep watching. Seeing a movie with a wolf in it once forms the way you think about them and most of the time it is a negative opinion. A lot of the wolf attacks we don't know if the animal was being provoked or not. No one really knows what was happening before the human got attacked. I am sure in some of the cases there were bystanders that didn't really know how to react to the situation. Most of the time people only hear what they like to hear and quickly form their person opinion, which is how they go such a bad reputation.

I know not everyone feels this way about wolves. Everyone has heard those fairy-tales at least once in their lives I am sure but they can still have an opinion good or bad. Being read those fairy-tales as a child almost gave me nightmares. Maybe there are some kids that loved the fairy-tales with the big bad scary wolf and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. There are Native Americans that worship the grey wolf and believe that it is one of their own or even a brother. People don't hear the good stories because they are outweighed by the bad. Most people I feel think wolves are scary creatures based solely on the fairy-tales there were brought up on hearing.

In conclusion something needs to be done about the wolf population because clearly the DNR isn't doing a good job. Some people may need to broaden their horizon on how they think about wolves too. Let all the past opinions drop and realize they actually are in danger and something needs to be done about it. Wolves probably aren't harming anyone until they feel threatened. Like how it is with most animals. Wolves are beautiful creatures that actually mean something to different cultures. Something needs to be done to get the numbers back in check that doesn't involve hunting or trapping them.

Arguing Cause Peer Review Megan L.

DuHamel, Jonathan. "Wolf Attacks on Humans in North America." Arizona Daily Independent. N.p., 29 Nov. 2013. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.

"Federal Court Puts Gray Wolf Back on Endangered Species List." CBSNews. CBS Interactive, n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.

"Wolf Management." : Minnesota DNR. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2015.

"Wolf Wars: America’s Campaign to Eradicate the Wolf." PBS. PBS, 14 Sept. 2008. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.

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