Target: Bill Vander Zouwen, Wildlife Ecology Section Chief, Department of Natural Resources
Goal: Protect wolves in Wisconsin from trophy hunting.
After gray wolves were removed from the Endangered Species List in 2012, Wisconsin Legislature approved a wolf hunting and trapping season. Despite public support for protecting the wolves, the state’s Natural Resources Board is now voting to increase the number of wolves hunted in 2013. Please sign this petition supporting voters’ voices and the recovering wolf population in Wisconsin.
An independent poll in Wisconsin concluded that 79 percent of respondents agreed that wolves are an asset and should be protected. 81 percent opposed the “trophy hunting and trapping of wolves for sport.” Despite the overwhelming support to protect the wolves or kill only with intent, the state’s Natural Resources Board is voting to increase the number of wolves hunted from 201 in 2012 – 2013 to 275 during the 2012 – 2013 season. These survey results show that Wisconsin voters want wolves protected and will not tolerate trophy hunting and trapping these remarkable animals. Wolves were just removed from the Endangered Species List in 2012, even though the wolf population is only around 800 in the entire state.
After more than 40 years of protection and despite the population’s fragile status, the Wisconsin Legislature approved a bill in 2012 to allow the trophy hunting of wolves. According to a model devised at the University of Wisconsin, if the kill quota of 275 wolves were reached this year, the state’s wolf population would decline 13 percent.
Please sign this petition supporting Wisconsin voters and the fragile wolf population that is not yet strong enough to be hunted for sport.
Dear Mr. Vander Zouwen,
A vote by the Wisconsin Legislature could increase the kill quota for wolves this year despite their recent release from the Endangered Species List and still fragile population. Your department will soon hold this vote and I am writing to urge you to protect the wolves, rather than allow more of them to be killed.
As a servant to the state and voters it is necessary that you act as a representative of the voice of the people. An independent poll in Wisconsin showed 79 percent of people agreeing that wolves are an asset and should be protected. 81 percent opposed the “trophy hunting and trapping of wolves for sport.” Despite public support to protect the wolves, your department is attempting to increase the amount of wolves that are allowed to be killed during the 2013 hunting season. Last year’s season had a quota of 210 dead wolves. Now, only a year after getting off the Endangered Species List, the department wants to up the kill quota to 275 wolves.
The wolf population in Wisconsin is only at about 800. These rare and remarkable creatures should not be forced into scarcity yet again because of trophy hunting and trapping. A model devised at the University of Wisconsin projected the state’s wolf population would likely decline by 13 percent if the kill quota reached the proposed 275 wolves.
Please do not raise the kill quota for wolves in Wisconsin not only because the voters want it that way, but because wolves are an integral part of our ecosystem and have only recently regained their numbers for longevity.
[Your Name Here]
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