Inside the Wolf Hunter’s Mind

Exposing the Big Game

My book, Exposing the Big Game: Living Targets of a Dying Sport, includes a chapter in which I peered “Inside the Hunter’s Mind.” What I saw was a selfish, self-serving, self-important braggart with a self-esteem problem.

But, when I try to envision what goes on in the mind of a wolf hunter, or trapper, my first impression is of an empty space—as devoid of substance as their heart evidently is. To actually imagine what kind of warped thinking goes on in their head is mind-boggling. But, as with every sadistic killer, there must be a motive for their unjust acts.

In considering why they would take so much anger and hatred out on wolves, it’s clear that it couldn’t stem only from superstition like the wolf-haters of centuries past. We must not forget that it’s not really the wolves themselves that these people hate, but the idea of a…

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2 thoughts on “Inside the Wolf Hunter’s Mind

  1. They do look at animals differently, animals as recreational killing opportunities, that give them a primal experience of being one with nature, predator and prey, or predator against predator. Hunting is never sporting of course. Man has a deadly tool, a rifle often scoped, a compound bow, a trap, binoculars. The prey did not ask to play the “sport” and is therefore a victim of one sided sport. I cheer when I hear of the tables being turned: a lion, bear, elephant killing the human. The hunter or trapper usually does not see that another sentient animal, often a family member is being killed. They see their “sporting” targets as objects.

    The hunter or trapper does not see that he/she is not part of the ecology, does not have a cascading trophic effect on it, that the killing is additive and disruptive and a distortion of that ecology. Hunter and hunter agencies often entertain the idea that they are even conservationists, that their killing has beneficial effects. It may serve a purpose in situations where there are an excess of game on ranches and farms, nor part of a balanced ecology wherein there are predators to balance that ecology and have trophic cascade effects.

    I was once talking to a hunter about wolves, who they often view as competitors for their blood “sport” and he said, “Yes, wolves are such beautiful creatures. I sure would like to kill one.”

  2. OMG, I don’t want to know. The things I have read about, trappers especially, is sickening. It is very strange that some people can look upon these poor animals and project such irrational things about them, all throughout human history, with nothing factual to back it up, only the mind’s own created fiction. A lot of it is due to religious teaching also, for those who do not question, and the dominion clause being self-servingly interpreted. Just like Yellowstone’s ‘for the benefit and the enjoyment of the people’, where it does not mean a trash-strewn amusement park, but to keep as increasingly some of the last relatively undeveloped places for people to appreciate.

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