Editors – Nancy Morrison, Linda Grosskopf
Wolves at Your Door is a factual account of the impact of wolves on big game, livestock, and people. The introduction of wolves in western states and the protection of wolves throughout the U.S., including the Midwest, has allowed the wolf populations to far exceed the maximum numbers agreed by the states and the federal government. Although Idaho and Montana have been successful in securing state management of their wolf populations, other states such as Wisconsin and Minnesota have had their state management plans overturned by a federal judge. The force of that court decision has been the unabated increase in wolf populations. While direct depredation of big game and livestock by wolves has a negative effect, stress and disease also play a major role where wolves exist. The management of wolf populations must be based on scientific facts and not on emotional positions.
by Ted B. Lyon
and Will N. Graves
edited by Linda Grosskopf and Nancy Morrison
foreword by Tom Remington
published by Ted B. Lyon
How have thriving elk populations of thousands dwindled to mere hundreds in just a matter of years? Author Ted B. Lyon asserts the wolf is at fault. He also blames the wolf for the rampant spread of infectious diseases among livestock populations and the decimation of wild deer, moose, sheep, and domestic animals alike. A trial lawyer with over 37 years of litigation experience, Lyon proves his case in The Real Wolf: The Science, Politics, and Economics of Co-Existing with Wolves in Modern Times. In this detailed yet easy-to-read essay collection, authors Ted B. Lyon and Will N. Graves investigate the majesty and myths surrounding wolves in the United States and offer a new, true picture of the wolf in contemporary America. The Real Wolf is an in-depth study of the impact wolves as a federally protected species have had on big game and livestock populations. Each chapter in the book is meticulously researched and written by authors and scientists who have spent years studying wolves and wolf behavior. Contributing authors Rob Arnaud, Dr. Arthur Bergerud, Karen Budd-Falen, Jess Carey, Dr. Matthew A. Cronin, Dr. Valerius Geist, Don Peay, Laura Schneberger, Heather Smith-Thomas, and Cat Urbigkit each describe a unique aspect of the wolf in the United States. The Real Wolf does not call for the eradication of wolves from the United States, but rather advocates a new system of species “management” that would allow wolves, game animals, and farmers to live in harmony.
To bring wolves to the Yellowstone National Park area, somebody went to Canada to trap, tag and radio-collar gray wolves. Without the existence of a paper trail, it has become difficult to know exactly what took place from the time wolves were trapped and then released. This book examines all the evidence, including testimony from those who say the wolf was brought into the U.S. illegally and full of disease.
There is an entire chapter on some of the more prominent and vitally important diseases that wolves carry and spread, including the Echinococcus tapeworm that can be fatal to humans. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, refusing to examine historic documents that clearly show a world-wide problem with disease, instead told the citizens of this nation there was no evidence to support any claims on any serious threat to humans and other wildlife. Instead, their concerns were only for the wolf.
Not to just belabor the issues of disease, the book provides information on how dog owners, hunters and anyone visiting the outdoors can reduce any risks of contracting these diseases.
In selling the public on placing wolves in the U.S., the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service completely ignored all, not just some, all of the human elements of what the event would do and bring. This action clearly shows the mindset of the wolf recovery team and those behind the push, against the wishes of a corrupt, inept United States Congress, to force humans to coexist with wolves. This negligence leads one to believe the act to be criminal.
The world doesn’t revolve around gray wolves or those that are in love with this vicious killer. This usurpation of human rights and disregard for private property rights, is but a small part of an overall existence in this world to destroy all things normal. You’ll learn of the global power structure that orchestrates things like the environmental movement, creating “new knowledge” and changing the “paradigm” and how we talk about wildlife management. With a disregard and efforts to actually destroy “normal” wildlife science, the future for our wildlife and the long-term effects it will have on the American Society looks extremely bleak, unless we can somehow reverse this trend.
The final chapter of this book is dedicated to trying to take a look into where things are headed in the world and what we can expect so long as we have leaders, like those who lead the charge toward wolf (re)introduction, selling the public on their brand of corrupt and incompetent wildlife management.
Nope, no look at communing with wolves or finding any “crying” wolves. This book is a reality check on what kind of animal we are dealing with. It doesn’t mean I hate wolves or that anybody has to hate wolves. The fact is we can’t protect them to the point of destruction of other species, as well as the wolf itself. That is the ultimate in irresponsible. All wild animal species have their place in the grand scheme of things. Private property destruction and threatening human existence, by forcing wolves into human-settled landscapes is a recipe for disaster.
How many wolves inhabit Wisconsin? Currently the Wisconsin DNR estimates a minimum count of 232 packs that have 925 to 956 wolves living in our state. The count is up 6.8% over last year's minimum count. (Note: This is a minimum count and many believe the number is much higher.)
How many deer do wolves eat? Check out the link below to review an analysis of the 2015 deer season vs. wolf deer kill by county in the Northern Forest Land
Please click the link below to see the relationship between the White-tailed deer harvest decline and the increase in unmanaged wolf population.