In the briefing yesterday we linked to info on one of Snyder’s 260+ lame duck oh-my-god-get-the-pepper-spray-I-gotta-get-this-through-right-now bills. This one established wolves as game animals in Michigan:
This law doesn’t establish a hunting season for wolves; it does establish that wolves are a game animal, which means that the Natural Resources Commission can establish a hunting season.
We had a great comment on that, which I am going to post in its entirety here. From Norm Mackey:
Actually the NRC is going to have quite a thorny problem even considering allowing a wolf hunt under the provisions of Michigan’s Proposal G (1996) and the Michigan Wolf Management Plan they have promised to stick to. The former will require that wolf hunting be according to principles of sound scientific management, i.e. a better solution to the actual problems than the directed management used now.
There cannot be a hunt unless it is the most sound and scientific way of managing wolves from those available, versus current management methods and all other options, like population reduction and actual control of reproduction by directed removal of small wolf packs, and it must be assured that the effect running natural wolf population controls exactly backwards by making packs smaller and opening niches for new pairs of wolves to form packs will be determined before before hunts start, undeniably, scything random pack members out of all the packs in an area, instantly sabotaging those controls for years.
At the same time the tribal natural resource managers recognize these factors, and expect the ill effects of a wolf hunt. They believe they have management rights under a court consent decree, and they and the other stakeholders in the Wolf Management Plan will point out the plan requires the main focus of wolf control be directed removals of problem wolves, and the use of lethal controls only when nonlethal controls will not work in a specific case.
The NRC cannot simply ignore the plan, unilaterally change it, or replace the stakeholders with a new more hunting-oriented set. Aside from obvious side effects like generating possible state-supported racism against groups continuing to oppose the plan they will simply precipitate a veto resolution like the one that cancelled the Mourning Dove season that shot through the legislature and NRC like grass through a goose, and lost over 2 to 1. (69/31%). That will prevent the law from taking effect until the next general election when the general public decides.
Time to start gathering signatures? First, there’s the next NRC meeting to attend:
The Chair of the NRC, JR Richardson, has requested that the MI DNR provide a status update on Michigan wolves at the next NRC meeting scheduled for 1/10/2013 at the MSU Diagnostic Center, Lansing, MI To view the agenda, go to:
The NRC is accepting comments via email send to both:
Deb Whipple firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair NRC JR Richardson email@example.com
If you would like to address the Commission in person contact Deb Whipple at 517-373-2352 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The link to the agenda did not come through properly but I’m sure we can either find it online or get it from the NRC.
Thanks again Norm, for the thorough comment.