Michigan Sportsmen Battle HSUS's Anti-Hunting Initiatives

MICHIGAN SPORTSMEN BATTLE HSUS'S ANTI-HUNTING INITIATIVES

Michigan Wolf

  HSUS is continuing efforts to restrict the rights of American sportsmen, seeking to overturn the will of Michiganders and attempting to ban wolf hunting.

In 2012, after the United States Fish and Wildlife Services delisted the wolf from the endangered species list, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) was given the authority to establish and manage a wolf hunting season.

HSUS strongly opposed the idea of a wolf hunt, simply for emotional reasons, with no scientific fact to back it up. In the Upper Peninsula, wolves began to threaten farmers’ livelihoods, attacking livestock and posing as threats to humans. The herd sizes were growing large, and wildlife management experts determined it was best to establish a hunt. But, that’s not enough for HSUS.

In fact, to HSUS, hunting is never an acceptable option, despite evidence suggesting a significant majority of Michigan residents are in favor of the wolf hunt. In one recent poll conducted by the Marketing Resource Group of Lansing of 600 voters, 68% said they support a wolf hunt.

HSUS never really seems to be interested in facts and statistics, but here are a few that are interesting:

- A group called Keep Michigan Wolves Protected sponsored the signature gathering process that led to the referendum.

- Keep Michigan Wolves Protected’s number 1 contributor is HSUS.

- HSUS has a track record of hiring out-of-state firms to conduct signature gathering processes to place issues on ballots.

HSUS, uncontested, will continue pushing their radical agenda aimed to end all hunting, but it’s in states like Michigan, and those dedicated sportsmen who have chosen to stand up for their rights and freedoms, where HSUS will be put to the test.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), there are close to 700 free-roaming wolves in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  The data that they collected during the 2013 hunting season shows that 17 of the 23 kills happened in areas where packs of wolves were known to be especially aggressive towards livestock, pets, and humans.

In an article in the Detroit Free Press,  Adam Bump, a fur-bearing-animal specialist for the DNR, states, “The places where wolves were shot were typically within 5 miles of a farm or other location where conflicts had occurred. It’s not a stretch to link the wolves with those places because packs frequently travel 10 to 20 miles daily.”

In 2013, the Michigan NRC set a modest goal of 43 wolves to be taken during the hunting season, which lasted from November 15 through the end of December.  The 2014 Michigan wolf season should be similar.

Michigan officials and citizens have learned to trust the Department of Natural Resources and its wildlife management science when it comes to understanding and knowing what’s best for the wolf population.

But this issue is now up to Michiganders.

It is their turn to let HSUS know that out-of-state animal rights groups have no business in the politics of their state.

Now is as good a time as ever to voice our support for the Michigan United Conservation Clubs and all of our sportsmen allies in Michigan, who are under attack from the radical animal rights group.

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