To the Journal editor:
I have to say that I am deeply troubled by the tactics of some advocates pursuing a wolf hunt here in the Upper Peninsula, particularly the lawmakers.
Elected representatives, including State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, are employing the art of fear mongering instead of truth to garner support. This is something I have a hard time swallowing.
Casperson claims that people live in fear of wolves. He says they are afraid to let their children play outside because these so-called "dangerous wild animals" are lurking behind every tree, waiting for the right moment to pounce upon unsuspecting children as if the story of Little Red Riding Hood was a work of non-fiction. I say that they need to stop telling horror stories and educate people about the facts.
As a fellow hunter, gatherer, and all-around lover of the outdoors, I've got a huge amount of respect for wolves as being efficient survivalists. There is no doubt that they are indeed capable of killing a large man, but these animals are not quite as big and bad as the fairy tales might lead you to believe. In fact, wolves have never been a real threat to people here in the U.S.
Upon doing a little research, I found that it is very difficult to find any written record of unprovoked wolf attacks on humans at all. In fact, I could only uncover two documented deaths caused by wolves ever in North America, with one in Alaska and the other in Canada. That is hardly enough ground to hold any kind of platform based on these animals being an actual threat to us.
When it's all said and done, there are other things to be more concerned about, such as aggressive deer, falling trees, texting drivers, and poor medical care. That is not a joke either as hundreds of thousands of people die every year due to those four factors combined. In other words, the odds are much greater that you will suffer permanent injury or death from from going to the hospital than from a wolf attack.
If you are a person in a public leadership role and you want to actually engage in a debate, I suggest you use fact and reason over lies and deceit.
As taxpaying citizens, I believe that we deserve better than political windbags telling campfire stories to pursue their agendas.