Target: Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Goal: Close wolverine trapping season
Wolverine trapping practices in Montana have reduced the wolverine population to dangerously low numbers. All other states in the contiguous U.S. have acknowledged the need to encourage population growth and have made wolverine trapping for fur illegal. As a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act, it is essential that Montana recognize the vital need to end these harmful trapping practices.
Leading a movement to prevent further population destruction, a group of eight conservation and sportsman’s organizations have called upon the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to close trapping season immediately, and only reopen it once populations have stabilized to the point where Endangered Species protection is no longer necessary. To put the shocking numbers in perspective, the Fish and Wildlife Service estimates the wolverine population in the lower 48 states to be less than 300; in Canada that number is more than 15,000.
In their report, the eight groups cite alarming biological studies which demonstrate current populations are far from self-sustaining. In some areas, wolverine capable of producing offspring number so low that restoring population numbers to a healthy level is already an almost insurmountable task. Pregnant females are often found killed in traps. In the Pioneer Mountains, fifty percent of the wolverine population have met this same end.
Couple these factors with increasing temperatures due to climate change (wolverine thrive in cold, snowy areas) and the wolverine is precariously close to vanishing forever from Montana’s vast wilderness. Sign this petition and demand that the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks close wolverine trapping season until populations recover substantially.
Dear Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks,
The wolverine populations in your state are at a dangerously low level. In large part, this is due to the wolverine trapping practices which kill many wolverine every year. Your state is the only state in the contiguous United States which still allows wolverine trapping for fur. I urge you to join the rest of the country and do your part to protect this unique species.
For an animal that is currently a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act, it is imperative that trapping season is, at the very least, put on hold until populations can recover. Just north of the United States, in Canada, wolverine number in the tens of thousands. In the lower forty-eight states, that number is below 300.
Don’t let wolverine become yet another sad reminder of the human tendency to unmercifully exploit nature. Join the rest of the contiguous U.S. in making a concerted effort to protect wolverine populations. Begin by closing wolverine trapping season immediately.
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