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You'd howl if they came after you or your dog

February 24, 2011 - Lee Smith
When I was a really little kid, I had a big fear of wolves. As in the big bad wolf. So let me admit that bias up front. Since then I’ve grown indifferent to wolves. I’ve seen them at the zoo. They look like dogs that might pull your sled, if you remembered to feed them. Otherwise they would consume you.

Today (Feb. 24), I read an article in the StarTribune that says complaints about wolves in Minnesota and Wisconsin are up. In Minnesota in 2010, officials verified 130 of 272 calls — both records — involving 139 wolf attacks on livestock and 23 attacks on dogs. Fifteen dogs were killed. A wolf threatened one person.

According to the state, there are about 3,000 wolves in Minnesota. Yes, three thousand! The state would like the federal government to “de-list” the wolf from the endangered species list, so that the state can better control the animal.

I have a better idea: Let’s pretend it’s 2011. Why do we need the wolf? Conservation? What are we conserving, exactly? Terror?

Hypothetically, let’s say there were no wolves in Minnesota. And then let’s say someone proposed rounding up 3,000 big, vicious, lanky dogs that would be let loose somewhere around Hibbing. Would we ever submit to this? Of course not.

The wolf is a predator. A menace. Like our forefathers attempted, we should rid ourselves of it.


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