End Wolverine Trapping in Montana

Target: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission

Goal: To end the legal trapping of wolverines in Montana

As of now, Montana is the only state in the continental United States that allows the trapping of wolverines. Although there is a set number of wolverines that can legally be trapped every year, government findings have recently revealed that climate change may threaten their survival. The effects may reduce their habitat as well as increase their isolation, making it difficult for them to breed with each other.

It is estimated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that fewer than 250 – 300 wolverines remain in the U.S., with the largest number residing in Montana. This population still only includes about 100 – 175 of these rare mammals, and only about 40 of these are estimated to be successfully able to breed. This is due to the wolverine having one of the lowest successful reproduction rates among any other mammal.

In 2010, the species warranted protection under the Endangered Species Act by the Fish and Wildlife Service, and remains endangered today. Although the effects of climate change have not had a significant impact on the wolverine population, by 2045 they may decrease in number by 23%. Even though Montana limits a total of 5 wolverines to be trapped every year, this can be detrimental to their survival considering their already low population.

We cannot afford to lose any more of these animals, which are already considered endangered. Sign this petition to advocate for the end of legal wolverine trapping in the state of Montana. Tell the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Commission to save this animal from extinction.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Members of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission,

I would like to politely ask that you put an end to the legal trapping of wolverines in the state of Montana. It is estimated that there are only about 100 – 175 of these rare animals that exist in the state, and of that number, only about 40 may be able to successfully breed.  Wolverines have one of the lowest successful reproduction rates among mammals, and even trapping 5 of them may be detrimental to their numbers.

Future climate change will significantly alter the environment for the wolverine, causing them to lose their valuable habitat as well as increase their isolation, making it even difficult for them to survive. It is clear that their survival is being threatened considering they are already on the Endangered Species list. Please stop the trapping of wolverines in Montana, the only state in the continental U.S. that still allows it. These animals need to be protected and saved so that they don’t fall prey to extinction.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  • eike beck
  • Hildegard Purfürst
  • ANNETTE MASSART
  • mylene berthet
  • Ana Luiza de Freitas Melo
  • Ruth Serra
  • Dwain
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