To the Journal editor:
After reading the recent letters from the anti-hunting crowd filled with misinformation on SB288, I feel compelled to respond.
First of all, let's get rid of their dove hunting card, it was never part of the issue, never once mentioned by anyone involved, just dreamed up by the Humane Society of the U.S., as part of their emotional, button-pushing campaign.
By the way, any chance of that was purposely removed in the approved Senate bill. Thank you, senators.
Some say that members of the Natural Resources Commission are just political appointees. Let's tear that card up. The NRC is a seven-member group, by law, made up of three Democrats, three Republicans and one independent member. They all are on staggered terms.
The governor does appoint these, but, he can't just put his boys in. In fact, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm made more appointments to the present group than Gov. Rick Snyder. This is where Michigan's wildlife management decisions have been made since 1929. The system works.
The wolf is HSUS's money making poster child. Michigan is the only state, with wolves, that has such an easy (flawed) system to get something on the ballot.
That's why HSUS hasn't been able to stop any other state from managing wolves. If ballot seekers were required to get signatures from every county; the U.P. would then have a say.
As it is now, any one city downstate can outvote the entire U.P. Do we want Ann Arbor to make the decision, based on sound bites from HSUS, on whether the wolves of the U.P. should be managed at all?
Are we going to become like California and manage wildlife by popularity contest, based on who has the biggest budget?
The anti's are pushing their misguided supporters, to call legislators; most didn't know there was a NRC until this came up. The time is now to call members of the House, and support now named HB 4552.
This bill gives joint authority to name a game animal between the Legislature and the NRC. This bill also retains the Legislature's ability to take any animal off of the game species list at any time. This is the people's voice card.
It all comes down to this: Do we want to manage wildlife by sound science or sound bites from the largest anti-hunting organization in the country?