Wolves and man

Published on September 10th, 2010

This year has been an interesting time for animal and human interactions. One of interest that caused a lot of ruckus in Haliburton County was the supposed killings of wolves. The story was printed in The County Voice this past March.

Then later on in April there appeared an editorial viewpoint by the editor Stephen Patrick about the wolf issue in the County. People seem to be getting scared over the apparent aggressive behaviours that the “wolves” are displaying. Do these people that have had this encounter know if it really was a wolf? Coyotes have less of a fear towards humans than wolves do. Wolves are very fearful of us humans, and for good reason. We have persecuted them for hundreds of years. Our fear towards these beautiful animals come from our lack of understanding and from a lack of common sense.

Since then two more stories were posted. One in June then another in July. The latest article describes the charges that was laid on the individual by the MNR and that these animals were coyotes. This in itself has raised some eyebrows. These animals are not coyotes. I believe this was printed as coyotes to not raise too much concern over the killings. I personally believe the guy got off easy with the charges that were laid. Should have been way more stiffer. I just hope it doesn’t make people think they will get off easy if they go and shoot a bunch of animals.

To help curb the fear and prejudices over these beauties people need to learn more about wolves and how they benefit nature and the food chain. Wolves weed out the sick, young and old animals which helps maintain the animals like deer or moose. When we start removing predators this messes everything up. We may call it wildlife management but if you look to the past and the present anything that we attempt to manage seems to go by way of the proverbial hell-and-a-hand-basket. It’s a shame really. We need to live with nature and not against nature. If we keep living against nature it will eventually come back to “bite” us in the rear.

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