Management By Default

Thanks for today’s highlighted story goes out to my good friend, Mike, in Wisconsin.

“Rash of wolf kills in Upper Peninsula worry federal wildlife officials”: is the title and it starts like this:

_A recent rash of gray wolf killings in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota have alarmed wildlife officials and prompted some to consider better ways to punish those who kill the endangered animal._

The story then goes on to discuss 16 incidents involving wolf deaths that are under federal investigation in the three states.

Tom Tidwell is the resident agent-in-charge for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS).

_Tidwell said agency officials are unsure why more wolves are being shot._

A thinking man might believe that *the* federal agency tasked with managing wildlife and wild places would understand the basic dynamics of the natural world.

Then again, maybe not.

I might be able to shed some light on Mr. Tidwell’s dilemma.

You see, dear sir, in the real world there is a pecking order for all living things that is sometimes referred to as *The Food Chain*. It is a natural process through which all things live and die, survive and thrive, or not.

The way it works is simple. Little fish are eaten by bigger fish that are then eaten by even bigger fish.

When fish of any size come into competition with one another there are territorial disputes wherein survival of one depends upon the demise of the other.

Actually, if you folks were to watch those precious wolves you idolize you would see this process in play as they routinely kill coyotes and domestic dogs in order to protect their own place on *The Chain*.

Well, it just so happens that _Homo sapiens_ (that’s humankind for those wildlife managers who don’t understand Latin) must abide by the same laws of nature prescribed to other living things.

Believe it or not, wolves are not on the top of *The Chain* and there will be times when bigger fish will simply do what bigger fish are supposed to do.

_Dale McNamee, president of the Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance, said some residents likely are fed up with the animals attacking deer and livestock._

“_The fact of the matter is there is probably more wolves than the area has to have,” McNamee said. “Because the government doesn’t allow management of these wolves people are taking it into their own hands.”_

The unfortunate reality is that you folks at USFWS are not doing your job, you know, that _management_ thing.

The fallout is predictable and necessary.

Believe it or not, Mr. Tidwell, Ol’ Ma Nature will have her way despite all the wishes, efforts and wasted dollars of the federal government.

If you do not address wolf management in a responsible and appropriate manner, it will be addressed in a fashion much less palatable to bureaucrats and the general public.

What is happening in the Upper Peninsula is a natural process. It is simply a *Food Chain Realignment* of the most basic kind…

Author: Daniel D. Lamoreux

As an outdoor writer and freelance photographer, Dan's publishing credits include articles and/or photographs in more than 40 state, regional and national publications and he has authored three books. His expertise on the subject matter has been developed from over 40 years experience pursuing the outdoor sports.

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