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E-M:/ Wolves as game species

Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>


The debate about the legislation to delegate authority over designation of
game species to the NRC has, I believe, so far not brought out the fact that
this is not just a mourning dove hunting issue.  The reality is that all
decisions about what would be a game species vs. a non-game species would
fall to the NRC.

In the last few years, in Minnesota a huge fight arose over the designation
of the gray wolf as a game species.  The wolf was on its way to delisting
under the federal Endangered Species Act, and as the state debated what its
management plans for the wolf would be, it quickly devolved into a massive
debate about whether gray wolf would become a game species, and if so what
the provisions would be for hunting the animal.

Regardless of what your position on the hunting of wolves would be, this is
a good example of an issue that deserved to have legislative attention and
high level debate in a number of state appointed panels to decide its
outcome.  Once a wholesale change to the decision making process for listing
a species as game or non-game is made, its implications will go far beyond
the mourning dove debate.

Anne Woiwode

Anne Woiwode, Staff Director
Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter
109 East Grand River Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48906
517-484-2372; fax 517-484-3108

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