Wolf Experts Bring Scientific Viewpoint to Debate

Posted at: 10/13/2013 8:11 PM
Updated at: 10/13/2013 10:34 PM
By: Emily Haavik

The International Wolf Symposium brought wolf experts from 19 countries to Duluth over the weekend.

The symposium, put on by the International Wolf Center, aimed to offer a scientific perspective on an emotional subject.

One of the speakers, David Mech, is among the most renowned wolf researchers in the world. He's been studying the animal for 55 years, and he said the wolf hunt debate has been going on just as long. He wrapped up his message in one statement.

"As long as we're going to be having wolves in areas with people, wolves have to be managed one way or the other," Mech said. "And even though it's controversial, I think science says they have to be managed just like other species. Bear have to be managed, deer have to be managed and wolves have to be managed."

Mech said he believes a great deal of misinformation is being spread, because people on both sides of the debate are so passionate about the issue.