A couple of days ago a guy by the name of Steve made sever comments to this site that were both insulting and inflammatory. As per our policy we do not post comments that are insulting to wildlife advocates, or that advocate the killing of the wildlife we hold dear. Today, I received another post from Steve where he had this to say:
Just read your “outrage” article and you know what, your right. You do have the right to feel how you feel about wolves as well as how I feel about them. I guess thats what makes the world go around. It would be a pretty boring life if everyone agreed with everyone I guess. This was the 1st website that explained it the way you did without the bashing. Im as american as you, and the old saying,” I might not agree with what you say, but ill defend to the death your right to say it” is never more true that our views on wolves. I believe there is a place for wolves as do most outdoorsmen and outdoors women. But they, like most wildlife, need to be checked so there is a balance. Maybe not by hunting “which is the cheapest” but by whatever means possible. Imagine if it was illegal to hunt deer? They breed like rabbits and your cars would be in the shop every 3 months repairing damage and your gardens and flower beds would cease to exist. So I do apologize for my insults the last couple of days. Wolves are a neat animal to watch and I see them weekly in the fall when Im hunting. Lets have a balance so they dont turn into pests like deer are in some areas were they are over populated.
Needless to say I was very surprised and grateful for this comment. While I am repulsed by sport hunting and the entire culture that surrounds it, comments like the above leave me hope that there is indeed common ground to be had. While I strongly disagree that wolves are or will ever be overpopulated in any state that they occupy, I do appreciate the apology. Wolves bring out the strongest of emotions on both sides because like it or not they are so much like us and our dog companions. I love and will fight for all wildlife, but canines and bears have the most special of places in my heart. And whether or not most hunters want to admit it, I think that they too have grudging respect and even admiration for the wolf and their canine brethren.
Does this mean that wildlife advocates and hunters can walk hand in hand and and see eye to eye on every issue? Absolutely not, but it does leave me a glimmer of hope that there same be some common ground no matter how slight that may be. Maybe eliminating hounding? We will see.