Mike McFeely’s March 22 column in the News Tribune about the so-called “wolf slaughter” in Wisconsin (“After what happened in Wisconsin, Minnesota should not have a wolf hunt”) left out some very important facts surrounding the Wisconsin wolf hunt.

When you have a hunting season to control a population of any animal, the correct way to conduct the harvest is to do it as efficiently and humanely as possible, and that is what happened. The reason it was so quick was because the population estimate for these animals is very much in the low range.

McFeely stated that the Minnesota reimbursement was in the $135,000 range for livestock slaughtered by wolves. He failed to mention that the average federal budget for wolf control is around $330,000 annually to kill wolves that slaughter livestock. I stated “slaughter” because livestock is eaten by wolves while still alive. These wolves are then caught and killed by federal wildlife-control agents, and then the animal is thrown in the garbage because the fur quality is no good in the summer.

Trappers and hunters do a service by harvesting these animals under strict control and make use of most of the animal — and they pay to do it.

We manage almost all fish and animals, and the wolf is another animal that should be managed. I prefer to have sportsmen pay for a license to help control animal populations rather than pay for the same service with my taxes.

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Gary Jorgensen


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