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



  1. Kadah says

    Very well said, Mr Warnke. If those trying to pass themselves off as “concerned about endangered species” and “concerned about the environment” and “concerned about ecological balance” were truly so, they would be very concerned about the fact that the increasing number of wolves in the NRM DPS is the cause of drastically declining ungulate herds. They would also have been concerned, at the time wolves were introduced (not reintroduced as Canadian Gray Wolves are an “experimental population” under ESA rule 10j), that no consideration was being given to how many elk, deer, moose, Big Horn sheep and mountain goats would be required to feed the number of wolves envisioned without those herds being decimated. They would have been screaming bloody murder. While state wildlife biologists tout a “minimum” of 1,700 wolves in the NRM DPS, there are actually between 3 and 5,000 wolves in the NRM DPS. They are pushing ungulates into “predator pit” status and are now targeting livestock. If something is not done, soon, elk, deer, moose, sheep and goats will be extinct and the greenie agenda will be more than obvious. Ending the ability of people to hunt, and pushing ranchers and rural people off their land has been the agenda of wolves all along. It is the agenda that matters to the greenies who do not believe anyone has the right to own land, one of the freedoms that has always been inherent under the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.

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