Prosecute Hunter Who Sparked Giant Yosemite Wildfire

Target: Michael L. Knowles, District Attorney for Tuolumne County, California.

Goal: To charge the hunter responsible for starting the California rim fire with animal cruelty and environmental destruction penalties.

The record-breaking California rim fire that spread well into Yosemite National Park, all began when an unnamed hunter’s illegal fire went out of control. The name of the hunter will not be released until further investigation is completed. However, the hunter was in direct breach of California animal cruelty and environmental laws, and therefore should be charged appropriately.

Millions of different animal species lives were put at risk due to the fire that swept into the Yosemite National Park. Park officials have estimated nearly a hundred cows and calves who were located near the origin of the fire are now missing, presumably badly injured or dead. Of the species who were not killed in the fire, nearly all were forced to relocate due to the destruction of their food, water, and shelter sources. Hundreds of deer, bears, coyotes, and birds are presumed dead.

The month-long wildfire spread across nearly 400 square miles of wildlife habitats and destroyed 111 structures. Of those 111 structures, 11 of them were personal residences. Thankfully, unlike the 2003 wildfire sparked by another hunter’s illegal fire, no human deaths have been reported.

Many scientists are now forced to determine the possibility of flooding, erosions, and mudslides in the disaster area. The man or woman who caused this travesty to the hundreds of acres of timber and wildlife should be condemned and charged appropriately. By signing this petition you will urge the district attorney of Tuolumne County, California, to hold this hunter responsible.


Dear Michael L. Knowles,

The unnamed hunter who broke the burning ban on August 17th, causing the 3rd largest Californian wildfire to date, should be appropriately charged for his actions. Nearly 400 square miles of delicate wildlife habitat has been destroyed. The total amount of animals killed because of this fire could reach the millions, due to either being killed by the fire directly, or being forced out of their habitat, searching for food, water, and shelter. Hundreds of buildings were destroyed, but luckily no human deaths have been reported so far.

The wildfire has cost $90 million in containment costs, and even more in repairing costs. While this unnamed hunter most likely does not have this kind of money in order to be sued for such a travesty, he or she should still be held accountable for their actions. There are reasons why burning bans are placed in heavily forested regions during dry seasons. Unfortunately, this person had to learn the hard way. Please appropriately charge this hunter with the ecological and animal cruelty crimes they have committed.


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