Save Gray Wolves from Accidental Shootings

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Target: Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Goal: Do away with the policy that allows hunters who accidentally kill wolves to get off unless authorities can prove they knew they were shooting a wolf.

An unnamed hunter in Utah killed the first gray wolf seen by the Grand Canyon in nearly 70 years recently, and he won’t face criminal charges because he thought he was shooting a coyote. The gray wolf is protected in Utah under the Endangered Species Act, but apparently that doesn’t matter if you murder the animal on accident.

The man won’t be charged thanks to the unfair McKittrick policy, which requires that prosecutors have evidence that hunters know they’re shooting a wolf. Michael Robinson with the Center for Biological Diversity says this policy makes the burden of proof too high and undercuts the protections of the Endangered Species Act.

Utah officials have said they are going to hold orientations teaching hunters how to tell the difference between a wolf and a coyote, but that is not enough. What’s the point of supposedly trying to protect a species when you’ll let accidents wipe them out? Urge officials to do away with the ridiculous McKittrick policy and take a stand for protecting innocent wolves.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Attorney General Loretta Lynch,

An unnamed hunter in Utah killed the first gray wolf seen by the Grand Canyon in nearly 70 years recently, and he won’t face criminal charges because of the unfair McKittrick policy, which requires that prosecutors have evidence that hunters know they’re shooting a wolf.

This policy makes the burden of proof too high and undercuts the protections of the Endangered Species Act. What’s the point of supposedly trying to protect a species when you’ll let accidents wipe them out? I urge you to do away with the ridiculous McKittrick policy and take a stand for protecting innocent wolves.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Drew Avery

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