Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Wolves attack dog near Gwinn (& rebuttal from me)

A Forsyth Township man is looking for help from the Department of Natural Resources following a wolf attack on one of his dogs. Dennis Stachewicz was out walking one of his German Shorthaired Pointers Sunday afternoon, when two wolves surrounded his dog, Gabby.

Stachewicz says he heard yelping and saw the wolves rolling and pouncing on Gabby. He yelled and clapped his hands, distracting the wolves and giving gabby a chance to run home. He later brought his dog to the vet where she was examined and released with no major injuries.

"I'm kind of glad it turned out the way it did because, the dog didn't get harmed, I didn't get harmed and we have an opportunity to do some educational awareness about the human-wolf conflict and how it's getting a little bit worse," said Stachewicz, who owns Aspen Thicket Grouse Dogs. "What I'm hoping for is that this will help people understand that we need to let the scientific folks, the wildlife biologists make the decisions on the wolves and not the activist liberal judges."

Stachewicz also said he spoke with several neighbors, two of whom also saw the wolves either in person or on trail cameras. He did contact the DNR, they said they would be following up on the issue.

A Rebuttal...
Okay, so your dog was attacked without injury, and that makes you a spokesperson for wolf management? How about managing your dog? Why wasn't your dog on a lead? When a dog is not on a lead, that dog is not under your control. That means a car can hit your dog or someone can steal your dog or a wolf can attack your dog. 
People in Florida don't allow their dogs out to run free because they know that an alligator can and will eat their dog and yet, you don't hear them moan and complain about alligator control, now do you? Why is that? Because the alligators are part of a healthy ecosystem and people in Florida are not so egocentric to think that all life revolves around them. 
Also, if you knew anything about wolf management, you'd know that the politicians, the ranchers, the mining industry, the forestry industry, and Big Oil are the ones making the decisions about wolves--not the scientists. If science is allowed to make a decision about wolves, then all wolves would be on the Endangered Species List. 
My advice to you is that YOU need to understand wolves a lot better before you make value judgments based on an experience that you allowed to happen. Be responsible for your own dog and do not blame a creature within the ecosystem for personal neglect.