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Reader's view: Control wolves, don't shoot them

I find some of these complaints about wolves lately interesting. I am not a wolf hunter. I believe God put everything on this Earth for a reason. But I am also not anti-hunting. We should only shoot what we intend to use. But animals also need to...

Timber wolf
There are about 3,200 wolves in Minnesota and about 700 each in Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula -- many more than federal officials expected when the animal first received federal protection 35 years ago. (2009 file / News tribune)

I find some of these complaints about wolves lately interesting. I am not a wolf hunter. I believe God put everything on this Earth for a reason. But I am also not anti-hunting. We should only shoot what we intend to use. But animals also need to be controlled.

What is most interesting lately are the complaints from people in states with little or no wolf packs. The gray wolf is not exclusive to a limited few northern states; it is "the North American gray wolf." North America covers all of Canada, 49 states of the United States and Mexico.

So let's control the wolves so we don't need to shoot them -- unless they become a nuisance or endanger human life. One way is to live trap the wolves in problem areas and spread them out through all of North America. Then we could truly say they are endangered and need to be protected.

Walt Augustyn

Hermantown

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