I don’t know that any hunters will be dissuaded by his argument, but America’s foremost authority on shirtless wildlife management, Iggy Pop, has finally weighed in on Michigan’s controversial wolf hunt. Here’s his letter to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
[If you can’t read his letter, a larger version can be found here.]
Speaking of our not-so-long-ago-endangered wolves, it’s being reported that three were shot and killed yesterday, on the first day of our Michigan’s new wolf hunting season. (According to Michigan Department of Natural Resources estimates, there were 658 wolves in Michigan as of yesterday morning. Based on that estimate, it was determined that 43 could be killed during this inaugural hunting season. And 1,200 people purchased wolf hunting licenses, in hopes of being able to kill one for sport.)
Here, by way of background, is a clip from my last post on the subject.
…During the lame duck session, Michigan Republicans passed a bill to allow wolf hunting. A number of people and organizations then banded together to demand it be put to a vote on our next state-wide ballot, through our state’s well established referendum process. These folks gathered the 250,000 signatures necessary to do just that, but the Republicans introduced legislation that would preempt them, essentially pulling an end run around the democratic process. Their legislation (SB 288), passed the Senate and the House, and now all that stands between us and wolf slaughter is the Governor’s signature…
And, as it turns out, it was even worse than we’d imagined. Since we last discussed the matter, it’s come out that a great deal of the information used to justify the hunt was false… (Apparently it’s OK to lie when people with money want something new to kill.)
If you’d like to know more about the Michigan wolf hunt, I’d recommend that you visit Keep Michigan’s Wolves Protected, and check out my friend Jeff’s book on Michigan’s wolves, which is now available in its entirety online.
[note: The above Michigan tourism ad was produced by one of this site’s readers back in January, as part of our Pure Michigan parody campaign.]