Stop Mass Shooting of Endangered Gray Wolves

Target: Washington Governor, Jay Inslee

Goal: Protect endangered wolves from ranchers who shoot them to protect their cattle.

Gray wolves have repeatedly been shot for attacking livestock in Washington State. The species is struggling to recover from overhunting a century ago. Conservation groups are pushing to stop these shootings to protect wolfpacks, but protocol in the state allows this deadly response even though gray wolves are listed as endangered under state law.

Wolves suffered from overhunting until the 1930s, when their species nearly went extinct. Since then conservation efforts have allowed their population to slowly recover. Their numbers are still low, however, because they are often shot by ranchers and even by state officials. Hunting is a natural behavior for wolves, which puts them in conflict with ranchers raising livestock. Complaints by ranchers have led the state to kill entire wolfpacks. Currently there are nearly 150 wolves in Washington and since 2012 about thirty wolves have been shot by the state. Wolves should not be killed for their natural hunting behaviors. Ranchers need to find alternative solutions to protect their livestock.

Conservation groups requested that ranchers and the state use non-lethal deterrence methods to prevent wolves from killing livestock, protecting all animals involved. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has decided against this suggested change, but the governor could overrule their decision.

Sign the petition to call for an end to the needless killing of wolves in Washington.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Governor Inslee,

Gray wolves are an endangered species in Washington and yet they are frequently killed by ranchers and state officials. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is continuing to allow endangered wolves to be shot for attacking livestock. This goes against the endangered species protections of the state. This unique species is an important part of the local ecosystem and they deserve protection.

Wolves are still recovering from overhunting over a century ago, and shooting individuals sets back the progress that has been made with conservation efforts. The wolf population of Washington is very low and the species won’t be able to recover if individuals continue to be killed. Alternative solutions are needed to protect livestock. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has denied the requests of conservation groups to limit the killing of wolves. I urge you to overrule the decision of the commission.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service




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7 Comments

  1. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    STOP KILLING WASHINGTON’S WOLVES!!!

    The American people are OUTRAGED by this. It is UNCONSCIONABLE AND UNACCEPTABLE.

    STOP acting in the interests of ranchers (Diamond M), and START honoring the wishes of the majority of Americans and PROTECT THESE ENDANGERED ANIMALS.

  2. The only good hunter is a dead one.Hunt the hunters! An eye for an eye. These vile wolf murdering ranchers must be exterminated and turned into fertiliser! Oh YESSS!!!!

  3. IF RANCHERS REALLY CARED ABOUT THEIR LIVE STALK, THEN THEY WOULD BUILD UP A WALL SURROUNDING THEIR PROPERTY. THESE RANCHERS JUST ENJOY KILLING WOLVES. I HOPE THESE WOLVES ATTACK THESE RANCHERS BADLY!

  4. Jose Espino says:

    Perhaps speaking to the cows will have better results.

  5. Linda Cummings says:

    Because of the greed and disregard for other creatures we are SUPPOSE to share this planet with, I am giving up buying any food that comes from cows. I refuse to suppose your ignorant destructive industry.

  6. This is the most asinine way to cope with wolf/predator and livestock problems. Ranchers need to get off the killing bandwagon and use some non-lethal methods that the rest of world uses with great success. Use dogs to protect your animals, use fencing and use some common sense – if you can’t keep track of your animals because they are spread out over miles of public land then build a damn corral! The continuous killing of apex predators harms the habitats of all wildlife and is just stupid and lazy.

  7. Justin Recht says:

    Have a few night guys that patrol with the help of drones.
    If predators in sight play recorded dogs barking – may not be the answer but worth to try – you may develop even a system that can be sold to other ranchers.
    Killing is not the answer.

    Young ranchers with innovative thinking are needed!

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