Letter: Was there an alternative to killing the wolf in the Kellogg area?
A lone wolf was trapped and killed in the Kellogg area by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources after two calves were found dead and judged to be wolf kills. It is a sad but not surprising response by DNR.
If indeed the calves were wolf kills, the wolf was doing what comes naturally, conserving energy by getting the easiest meal available. It doesn't know calves are off limits; it is an animal living by its wits and the demands of its hunger.
This wolf paid the price for being a four-footed predator, operating the way nature intended. By law, the farmer will be compensated for the loss of his livestock if he choses to make a claim. The wolf suffered the pain, trauma and stress of being trapped and then killed. It seems like an unbalanced punishment for the crime.
Wouldn't tranquilizing and relocation to a remote wilderness area where there are no cattle have been more reasonable?