Hunting should be allowed, for animals that can be eaten. Wolves are not hunted for food, they are hunted for "sport." My question is what kind of sport is murder? Scientists do not support the national delisting of wolves. Wolves are complex pack animals that pass down knowledge from generation to generation. Killing key pack members only causes more problems with livestock predation. The knowledge to hunt elk and other native ungulates is passed from the alpha wolves to the younger wolves. When alpha pack members are killed it leaves these young teenagers to try and figure out what to eat on their own. It's like letting a bunch of teenagers to their own devices. Also, wolves are essential keystone predators that directly affect the health of the ecosystem. By affecting the behavior of the elk and deer they allow for more trees to grow to maturity and cut down on erosion by overgrazing. Nature has designed the world to work in certain ways and it is not up to us to destroy that system. In the end not only are we harming a magnificent species we are harming ourselves. The arrogance of the hunters and politicians is astounding. We are not above nature we are part of it.
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