That can change when they’re provoked, however. Like most wild animals, their main priority is survival so when their existence comes into threat, there’s no saying what they could do. That’s the harsh reality John Oens of Wisconsin found himself in one day. As an avid hunter he loves to roam the forest and shoot animals. He makes sure to adhere to the laws. He doesn’t overstep boundaries and he doesn’t go after animals that are the most vulnerable and protected by the law.
One day while he was out for a regular sporting outing, he heard a strange sound coming from deep within the forest. It wasn’t the typical sound he hears while he spends his cold days among the animals in the forest. Together with his father and friend, they followed the sound. As the sound got louder and louder they looked out and found a wild grey wolf caught in one of the coyote traps John set himself. They all couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw the endangered animal caught in a trap they had made themselves. He knew he had to act fast.
Hunting comes in and out of public consciousness each year. More than a hundred million animals are hunted each year in the U.S. alone but the public is reminded of the sport whenever cases such as Cecil the lion comes up. Do you remember Cecil? The lion was a gorgeous animal protected by a sanctuary in Zimbabwe. She was a star on the land and was protected from poachers. An American dentist decided to go around the sanctuary and obtain a license. He went out, lured Cecil, and brutally killed her. The world was aghast and angry. They couldn’t believe the inhumanity the dentist displayed and so a heated debate erupted again within the country about the importance and moral question of hunting.
Those who are for hunting say they do it for sport and to help protect other species from attack by predators. Those against hunting say that the outdated sport is cruel and messes with nature. Wherever you stand on the issue, John’s story certainly brings to light all of the arguments for or against the practice of hunting. John found himself at a crossroads and had only moments to react.