Hunting has its benefits, but there was nothing good about Wisconsin’s wolf hunt

The survival of wolves depends on the survival of their pack mates.

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A gray wolf in 2014.

A gray wolf in 2014.

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Thank you for publishing David McGrath’s recent piece on the Wisconsin wolf hunt. I am a resident of Wisconsin. My late husband and I loved to hunt for deer, waterfowl and upland birds. We were of the opinion that hunting can be a very good thing for conservation, the land and the species who are harvested.

Apex predators, though, ought never be hunted. And wolves absolutely ought not be hunted, as their survival depends upon the survival of their pack mates. No matter what lens I look at wolf hunting through, in the United States in 2021 — economic, ethical, ecological or the interest of natural resource management — I see no benefit to hunting wolves other than, as McGrath so well described, the thrill of the kill.

Thank you for doing your part to shed awareness on what happened in Wisconsin. It is my hope that President Joe Biden will quickly issue federal protection for the gray wolf. I worry that a precedent has been set in which their status will become dependent not on environmental impact studies, but on which political party occupies the White House.

Elizabeth Boyd, River Falls, Wisconsin

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