by Grand Forks Herald
October 10, 2012 at 7:59 am in Grand Forks Herald
Hunters in Wisconsin and Minnesota are gearing up to take on the ultimate predator in the states’ first organized wolf-hunting seasons.
Tags: hunting, Outdoors, updates, wolves 7 Comments »
Yep, gotta kill them there predators. Heaven forbid wolves be allowed to live and kill the mighty [sic] hunter’s main prey – whitetail deer – as Nature/God intended. Nope, all them rednecks with guns just wouldn’t have anything at all to brag about come fall while guzzling their beer. Sorry if that offends you Bubba or Billy Bob or whomever, but it is what it is, and you are what you are…pathetic!
“The greatest thrill is not to kill but to let live.” — J.O. Curwood
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Yesss…. Gotta love ya TK… Just saying what is true… Can’t argue on those notes… First we have wolf sanctuaries, then we let them multiply, then we kill them. We are saving animals to kill them… Yep, we are the intelligent being here…Stupid, stupid humans.. Maybe that is why we are getting so healthy, to live longer so that someone can come and blow us up… Yep, we are intelligent…
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A man grouse hunting with his dog near Park Rapids just the other day had to shoot a wolf within 8 feet of him. The dog was in the lead and came running back to its owner with the wolf on its heels. What would you do in that situation?
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Maybe the dog was inviting the wolf to lunch.
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I’ll take your word that this actually happened, devilschild, because the tone of your comment and question was one of civility. I’m not used to that. Usually hunters fire back with both barrels loaded, so to speak.
I find it difficult to put myself in that particular situation, however, since I would never be afield with gun and dog grouse hunting. But I catch your drift. So, for the sake of discussion, let’s just say that I was out walking my dog in the same place and at the same time this happened.
What would I do? Well, first off, I couldn’t/wouldn’t shoot the wolf because I didn’t/don’t have a gun. I would do nothing! The odds are, based on what wolves have almost always done throughout recorded history when they unexpectedly cross paths with humans, it would have turned tail and ran away the moment it saw me. The only instances I can think of where the outcome might have been any different is if it was rabid or if it was after dark, mid-winter, half-starved, and hunting in a pack.
That wolf was probably hunting the same grouse as the man who shot it. Which is a shame really. That wolf was out there hunting to survive. The man was out there, as you stated, with the intent to kill a harmless bird. Probably for sport or pleasure. He was in the wolf’s territory and had no need to be. We don’t have an overpopulation of grouse any more than we do of wolves.
Humans once hunted wolves to the brink of extinction, due to fear and ignorance. Now we hunt them for sport or pleasure. What’s even worse is that in doing so we teach our children that it’s fun to kill animals.
There is a link to the news article on this same topic on the Duluth News Tribune if you want to read it. That is where I read about this. Mr Dorkus posted the link.
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As I understand it, the rule of thumb is to what extent the animal fears man. Once a tiger takes out a human, for example, the tiger shows up on a kill list. Also depends how hungry the animal is. But I agree, going into the wolves’ territory to kill them is cruel. But then, I have never hunted, so have never understood how taking out an animal with a high powered rifle is a sport.
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