Target: Montana State District Court Judge Jeffrey Sherlock
Goal: Thank Montana judge for placing a temporary ban on wolverine trapping season in order to preserve the species
The wolverine was considered for protection as an endangered species in 2010 after hotter climates began to threaten the animals. Montana is one of 48 states that allows hunting of the species given possession of a license–wolverines being particularly sought after for their fur. There are currently estimated to be less than 300 individuals left alive in the Northern Rockies and Cascades. Because of this, conservationists had filed suit in order to ban wolverine hunting, despite heavy opposition.
During the hearing that recently took place, State District Court Judge Jeffrey Sherlock found that the populations of the species residing in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming were low enough to declare a temporary block on the wolverine hunting season, which was scheduled to begin the next day. He made the following statement: “Balancing the loss of a ‘recreational harvest opportunity’ against the possible damage to a potentially endangered species, the court finds the equities lie in favor of issuing a temporary restraining order.”
Interested parties have claimed that the five wolverine harvests that take place each season are small enough not to be considered a threat to the species, with the wildlife bureau chief for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks stating that the quota was based on “sound science”. However, as an animal currently being considered for endangerment status, it is essential that no further hunting down of the population takes place so that they can adequately recover. More importantly, conservationists point out that these hunts are in direct violation of a Montana policy that aims to ensure the maintenance of rare species. Thank Judge Sherlock for his environmentally responsible decision.
Dear Judge Jeffrey Sherlock,
You recently conducted a hearing on the state of Montana’s wolverine hunting season and whether it should be allowed to continue. Despite heavy opposition and many claims by game officials stating that the species population was not in danger, you came to the decision to place a temporary block on hunting that was scheduled to begin shortly. For this, we would like to express our gratitude.
Placing a ban on wolverine hunting in the state of Montana, even a temporary one, is a noble step towards the conservation of animals that are currently being considered for placement on the endangered species list. This time is necessary for the recovery of the species, and we hope that it will be the beginning of a movement towards their preservation through a total ban on trapping. Thank you.
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Photo Credit: Jeremiah Blatz