Target: Governor of Washington Jay Inslee
Goal: Stop the aerial gunning of a wolf pack in Washington
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has started a secret aerial gunning campaign targeting the Huckleberry wolf pack in Stevens County, Washington. When the department was contacted by conservation communities for further information, they refused to give details on the operation. During weeks prior to the gunning campaign, the introduction of non-lethal preventative measures had stopped sheep depredations. However, the department’s decision to continue with lethal methods is sudden and shocking. When first contacted by conservation communities, the Governor’s office did not even know about the campaign. It appears as though the Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to shoot and trap the wolves of Washington to placate livestock ranchers even with the availability of non-lethal methods that have proven to be successful.
These wolf hunts are resulting in a decrease in diversity among wolf DNA pools. By killing adult wolves, the remaining adolescent wolves are not completely taught by their elders about where or what their food source should be. Wolves are apex predators and are an essential part of the ecosystem, weeding out the injured and sick members of herds and actually strengthening the herd as a whole.
Please sign this petition to urge the Governor of Washington to cancel the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s aerial gunning campaign and protect the Huckleberry wolf pack.
Dear Governor Inslee,
Please stop the Department of Fish and Wildlife from carrying out the needless slaughter of wolves and wolf packs in Stevens County. The only type of wolf management should be non-lethal attempts such as relocation. Killing the wolves will only damage their dwindling population and the entire ecosystem as a whole, since wolves are such vital instruments in maintaining a balance in nature. The wolf hunts are also contributing to a severe decrease in wolf DNA diversity and killing adult wolves will only cause problems for the surviving adolescents.
Wolves are only responsible for less than one percent of all livestock losses. Instead of solely placing blame on wolves, livestock ranchers should realize that they are encroaching upon wolf territory, which is in turn causing turmoil.
Protect the Huckleberry wolf pack by stopping the aerial gunning campaign immediately. It is not too late to save them.
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Photo credit: Mike Cline via Wikipedia