Target: Forrest Boe, Director of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Goal: Make owning a wolf as a pet illegal in Minnesota
Owning a wolf as a pet is illegal in many states, and rightfully so. However, in areas of the country where wolves are bountiful, it is common practice for individuals to legally keep a wolf as a pet. While Minnesota has been an important advocate in the survival of many wolf species, owning a wolf as a pet is still permitted. Allowing individuals to own wolves is detrimental to the survival of wolves. For the betterment of all wolf species, Minnesota must make owning, breeding and selling wolves as pets illegal.
Minnesota is currently home to 2,200 wild wolves; this number is favored and is the direct result of years of dedication to the majestic beasts. Wolves in Minnesota were once on the border of extinction. Many valiant efforts by those managing the endangered species act have brought the wolf population from a staggering 750 members to what it is today. However, even with healthy numbers, the wolves of Minnesota are experiencing hardship. The population is always closely monitored: the current population is above the danger zone, though the wolves number 700 fewer than they did in 2008. Experts blame food shortage, less land for wolves to occupy, and the harvesting shortly after the population was stable. There is one more issue that may be affecting wolves in Minnesota, which should be confirmed and addressed by experts: wolves are legal to own as pets, therefore the lucrative business of capturing to sell is fortified, inevitably causing strain on the population.
Wolves are legal to own by permit in Minnesota, and wolf-hybrids are legal to own even without a permit. This leniency allows for people to capture wolf pups, breed wolves with other dogs and mistreat adult wolves in attempts to domesticate them. Wolves are wild animals, and remain that way no matter attempts or intentions. Many individuals are hurt by wolves that are kept as pets; wolves are notoriously unpredictable, even if they are around people that they are familiar with. While some people may have good intentions when selling, capturing or breeding wolves, most people do not have a wolf’s best interest at heart. Those that care about species survival will help habitats, not capture animals to gain profit. Urge the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to make owning, selling and breeding wolves illegal.
Dear Forrest Boe, Director of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources,
Minnesota has been dedicated to wolves and their survival for decades. Because of concerned environmentalists, Minnesota’s wolf population is currently well above the population goal. However, wolf numbers are down by over 700 since 2008. The research done by the Department of Natural Resources points to reasons such as lower prey populations, less roaming land and legal harvesting of wolves. Another reason to consider is the breeding, selling and capture of wolves for pets.
Owning a wolf as a pet is legal if the individual possesses a valid permit, and wolf-hybrids are legal to own without a permit. This leniency has been made illegal in many states because the possession of wolves as pets has proven to be dangerous for wolf species and humans, as well as irresponsible. Wolves are wild animals that are not able to be fully domesticated. Wolves are notoriously unpredictable, putting owners and young, curious children in danger. Even with the knowledge that wolves may be dangerous, people still obtain wolves to sell because it is such a lucrative business: this motivation is unfortunately what causes many individuals to not use his or her best judgment.
Many captive wolves are mistreated and faced with less than desirable living conditions. Individuals should not be allowed to posses or breed wolves under any circumstances; wild animals should be left in nature, where their presence is necessary and fulfilling. The lucrative business of breeding and selling wolves is not conducive to the success of wolf populations in Minnesota. There are too many gray areas when it comes to obtaining or selling wolves for pets. Please consider reviewing permit laws for possessing wolves and making them either much more strict, or eliminate the ability to own, breed or sell wolves altogether.
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