Target: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
Goal: Discontinue the practice of hunting wolves for sport in Minnesota
Wolf hunters claim that the goal of the state-approved wolf hunt in Minnesota is to control population and reduce the frequency of attacks on humans and pets in the area by wolves. Yet most people are aware that wolf populations are dwindling and that hunting them for sport is destructive in many ways. Urge Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to suspend this year’s hunting season and opt for future non-lethal forms of wolf management to control populations if needed.
The wolf hunt is set to start in November of 2013, but many organizations are speaking out about the dangers of the practice. Though hunting permits were decreased this year, the state is still allowing the harvest of 220 wolves. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) claims that the harvest quota ensures the long term survival of wolf populations, but others disagree. Wolf population levels are at their lowest since 1988, and hunting and trapping dramatically decreases their numbers in a short period of time. Last year, the wolf harvest quota was a whopping 400.
Humane Society of the United States representatives have argued that the risk is simply too high. Wolf populations must recover from mass hunting and trapping, and they are presently believed to be too low to sustain themselves if another hunt is scheduled as soon as this upcoming November. Ideally, future hunting will be rendered unnecessary, if not banned, due to long-term and non-lethal management goals that provide wolves with expansive and safer habitats free from human encroachment.
Urge Governor Mark Dayton to speak out against wolf hunting and trapping, and ask him to fight for wolf protection as long as their populations are at risk.
Dear Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton,
This November, hunters in Minnesota are permitted to harvest 220 wolves, a number that will severely harm the overall wolf population in the state. Wolves need time to recover their numbers after hunting and trapping has occurred, and many hundreds of wolves were wiped out after the hunting season last year.
Humane Society representatives agree that suspending the wolf hunt is the best option to ensure that these wonderful creatures remain populous in the state. It would be best to not only suspend this year’s wolf hunt, but to opt for non-lethal management programs in the future so that recreational wolf hunting is never again necessary. As such, I urge you to end this year’s wolf hunting season in the state of Minnesota.
[Your Name Here]
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