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How Legal Wolf Hunting Might Actually Increase, Not Decrease, Poaching

posted Jul 29, 2016, 2:13 PM by chloe owens

5/17/16, by Garret Ellison, MLive

How legal wolf hunting might actually increase, not decrease, poaching

Marquette, MI – Conventional wisdom in conservation circles holds that legalized wolf hunting actually decreases poaching by increasing tolerance for the wild carnivores among ranchers, pet owners and others. But a new study published this month challenges those notions, arguing state-sponsored hunts like the one that happened in Michigan several years ago actually increase incidences of poaching, not the other way around…The unintentional signal to the public from legal culling is that killing wolves is helpful, even if it’s technically illegal, the authors argue.