Target: Minnesota State Legislature, Minnesota Court of Appeals, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Shut down Minnesota’s first ever, state-wide wolf hunt set to begin November 3
Following the removal of Great Lakes wolves from the endangered species list in January, Minnesota has decided to endanger them again by promoting its first ever, lawfully permitted wolf hunt set to begin at the start of next month. For this “once-in-a-lifetime chance to take on the wiliest of predators,” 6,000 permits will be awarded to bait, shoot and trap up to 400 wolves, with comments such as, “to get a (wolf) as a trophy would be awesome,” and “the big thing is (getting) the hide” representing the prime motivation for many of these participants. Stop the barbaric exploitation of these poor wolves and restore the ban on hunting them immediately, so we can prevent a large mass slaughtering that may only further endanger them.
Minnesota may have the largest wolf population presently, but with its residents being encouraged to kill and capture in whatever methods they may, that is unlikely to be the case in a few months and people will continue to seek out these wolves long after the season is over. Just because a quota has been settled at 400, it is no guarantee that people will honestly report what they capture. But more importantly, the cruel and deliberate capture of one wolf should be enough to signal an injustice.
How many mother wolves won’t get to go home to their cubs this year? How many will be lured in by the sounds of advanced equipment mimicking the calls of other wolves and distressed animals? How many will die in their terror alone, after being surrounded by a number of bloodthirsty civilians? Hopefully not many, since wolves are so clever and swift. But the risk runs high regardless, and the message must remain clear: We will not tolerate any hunting or murdering of our once-endangered beloved species. Tell the Minnesota Court of Appeals to block the season from happening and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service to place a permanent ban so that we may never be confronted with this terrible issue again.
Dear Minnesota State Legislature, Minnesota Court of Appeals, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
We are absolutely appalled to know that the state of Minnesota will be organizing a mass-murder of the once endangered population of Great Lakes wolves this season. Just because a select group of human beings might gain some pleasure from terrifying and killing innocent animals, doesn’t mean this behavior should be condoned or encouraged. Great Lake wolves are a beautiful species and their hides must stay on their backs where they belong.
Please consider that the species was also once endangered, and that by allowing the hunting to continue you will only run the risk of further endangering them. People will continue to hunt long after the season ends, and it would be tragic to see a rapid decline in the population in exchange for a few months of victories and fleeting thrills. Set the example by banning the slaughter expected to begin on November 3, and revoking the 6,000 permits issued to initiate that into action.
[Your Name Here]
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