Do Wolves Keep Forests Nutrient-Rich?

A friend of mine, best selling author and fellow hunter Marc Warnke recently got into an online tussle with an anti-hunter about wolf hunting. They sent him an article from a blog which included all of the “facts” on wolves and how they keep forests nutrient-rich. Neither Marc nor I are wolf haters, but we are realists.

Here is Marc’s well thought out reply:

Interesting, yet not without obvious bias. I’ve personally witnessed different results, multiple times. But it’s all good. My main concern would be that we participate intelligently in the “predatory” cycle along with the wolves. People, hunters, and wolves are not the enemy or inherently bad. For some reason there is an agenda to slam one or the other to meet an agenda based on feelings. This is a logical issue. We all have a right to the resources, wolves and people alike. Population control and balance is the issue at hand, as it concerns prey and predictor species. Humans are the ones who are responsible for population control and people must claim our God given right to harvest wild game. This issue is not at all about the wolves. It’s about someone’s “pet species,” and the eventual agenda to replace our role as population controllers by eliminating hunting. Who is protecting the Idaho elk herds that are down as much as 90% in some areas. If humans did that, we would be put in jail. Please don’t take offense to this. I am very, very fearful of having my sons rights to hunt with me, taken away.

That is the agenda behind the “science.” If you think I’m exaggerating or a kook willing to entertain conspiracy theory please ask me the story sometime about the biologist I hired to tour me through the rain forest of N. Australia. He laid out the whole agenda because he didn’t know who he was speaking to. He thought I was friendly to the idea of gun ownership bans and making hunting illegal. He was very globally connected and said the agenda behind the wolf was to replace humans with a large predator for population control. When I asked him about the “predator pit” that will show up for the next several hundred years he said it was just a “cost of doing business.” A predator pit happens when a large predator is introduced into an environment and they eat all the prey species and boom in population. As the predator booms, the food (prey species) runs out and the predator dies off. In short, there are huge population swings that take hundreds of years to stabilize. My son will be attempting to learn to hunt during one of the lowest of lows of this population swing and for that I am resentful of someone’s pet project that was truly unessential.

~ Marc Warnke