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Wolves are as bad to nature as criminals are to society

I am responding to Dr. Dixon’s letter in the Nov. 1 edition of the Pioneer. Nature is not always honest and just. It sometimes needs a little help. Wolves are no different than any other living species, including people looking to survive, and even some people have to be put in their place. Some in prison, some even on death row.

Wolves are as bad to nature as criminals to society, therefore some control is necessary. The DNR says there are around 3,000 wolves in Minnesota but they obviously missed a few when they counted. Nearly everyone I talk to agrees there are too many and they are posing a serious problem.

Nearly all farmers are having problems protecting their livestock and livestock are their livelihood, not a hobby or just for wolf food.

Deer hunters are concerned for the deer, They see wolves all over. How about the young boy hunting a few years ago who was trapped in his stand by five snarling wolves at the bottom of the tree waiting for him to slip or fall out of his stand? Imagine that picture.

It is not often the poor abandoned lone wolf that does the most killing. Usually they will travel in packs and hardly anything stands a chance against a pack. Last week I saw three on the road ahead of me on my way to work. When I got to work about 40 miles down the road there was three sets of fresh tracks since the day before where I was working.

There are checks and balances in nature, but sometimes we need to help do a little checking in order to protect ourselves and our property.

I think we should have that right and those of us who work outdoors and sometimes remote areas see and understand the problem first hand.

There are more reasons for a wolf hunt than a new rug, and the DNR for once did something right in recognizing the problem and going forward with a season. For the little old ladies in the big city who think they should be able to go for a Sunday drive and see the pretty wolf, I suggest you save your gas and go to the zoo. The folks up north who have to deal with the problems can work toward our own solutions without outside opinions of those who don’t have a clue.

Raymond Weidenborner