This photo and story must have been considered newsworthy for it was carried by newspapers across Ontario, and into the deep south of the United States. It certainly brought to light the grim state of affairs here on the north shore of Superior with respect to a roving wolf pack. Are the horrific images from tsunami ravaged Japan, with hundreds or possibly thousands of human lives lost, and billions in building damage, too monstrous for print? The world is watching intently as these images
should not have been printed. Others attacked pet owner, William Chapman, for having his dog on a leash making it easy bait for the wolves. Some even suggested the humane society should investigate as to whether or not cruelty toward animals existed.
ask why are these wolves present? Why are they so hungry, and what are MNR officials doing about it? Is there some larger ecological problem at the root of all this?
Secondly, the e edition personal attacks on the pet owner are unwarranted. On this matter, The Sault Star may want to re evaluate how it accepts comment submissions. Most of criticism of how the individual cared for his pet are made under the veil of anonymity.
Mothers coming home with their children from grocery shopping, in the evening hours, have spotted the reflection of wolf eyes on the other side of the snowbank making the chore of taking the shopping bags from the car trunk to the safety of the house a very unnerving expedition.
Last week, The Sault Star published a photograph and accompanying news story depicting the gruesome skeletal remains of a dog attacked by wolves in the Batchawana Bay region. This was the fourth story about the presence of wolves on the north shore of Lake Superior. The Womens Converse first was out of Wawa, the second detailed an eye witness account of a wolf attack on a pet in
To the credit of the fine people of Batchawana Bay, we have followed the letter of the law and have not shot one wolf yet. That may change, however, as residents ponder the big "what if". What if this pack of wolves does harm a person, most likely a small child? Will the national headlines that are certain to ensue be the kind of news story we want?
If Chapman's pet had been unleashed, and it ran onto the highway causing an accident, would we not rule that as irresponsible pet care? Is a housebound pet not an example of cruelty to an animal? Is a fish in a bowl not cruel? Is a hamster or bird in a cage not cruel? These are absurd claims, and so are the comments of cruelty to animals levelled against Chapman. In Northern communities, many large dogs, some of which may be mixed wolf/dog breeds, often remain outdoors. Across Northern Canada, that is just a way of life.
William Chapman is a responsible, generous, kind, community minded, family man who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.
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instantly stream into our homes via computer, television, and newsprint. The terrible and tragic loss of human life is happening there, yet we watch.
Grotesque photo of dog brought the issue of wol
Batchawana Bay residents have refrained from evening strolls, folks are nervous walking their pets, children are not permitted to play outside alone, and no youngsters are allowed to snowmobile, snowshoe, or ski in the back woods. In short, all of the things we treasure doing here, in our rural setting, have been taken away from us.
Firstly, the photo, although grotesque in nature, needed to be printed. The prior three stories about wolves resulted in not a single comment about the problem in the Batchawana Bay region. Interestingly enough, the story with the photo brought a bombardment of responses. After the photo was printed, the MNR issued words of warning. Now folks understand what the residents of Batchawana Bay have been dealing with. I guess this confirms the age old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words.
Batchawana Bay, the third was my column about what residents can or cannot do if the wolf attacks continue, and the final was the March 8 story and photo.
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