Don’t Allow Killing of Endangered Wolves

Target: Gordon Hintz, Democratic Minority Leader of the Wisconsin State Assembly

Goal: Don’t take away protections for grey wolves in the state of Wisconsin.

Endangered grey wolves could soon be at risk of death due to a bill that would allow the hunting of the species. Several environmental groups have condemned this bill, saying that the population of grey wolves in Wisconsin is too fragile to allow the hunting and killing of these animals.

Before the arrival of Europeans, grey wolves lived throughout most of North America. But the hunting of wolves themselves and prey animals that the wolves depend on for food decimated the wolf population in the contiguous United States. In Wisconsin, where wolves had once thrived, wolves disappeared: there were no breeding pairs in the state between 1960 and 1975. Only once the species was put on the federal endangered species list in 1974 did the population begin to recover and wolves began to return to Wisconsin.

Although wolf populations have been expanding in Wisconsin, conservationists say it is much too early to end their protections. In an interview with NPR, Noah Greenwald, endangered species program director at the Center for Biological Diversity stated, “Wolves are still missing from more than 90 percent of their historic range in the lower 48 states, and both the Endangered Species Act and common sense tell us we can’t ignore that loss.”

Sign this petition to encourage representatives in the Wisconsin State Assembly to uphold protections for grey wolves.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Hintz,

I am writing to encourage you and your colleagues in the Wisconsin State Assembly to oppose a bill that would end protections for grey wolves. Grey wolves are on the federal endangered species list and humans should not be allowed to kill them with impunity.

The reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone has shown that wolves are an essential part of the ecosystem in northern states. In Yellowstone, the reintroduction of wolves reduced the elk population, which allowed beavers and willow trees to flourish. Wolf kills are also a valuable food sources for scavengers like ravens, eagles, magpies, and coyotes.

Conservationists have stated that the population of wolves in Wisconsin is too fragile to allow these creatures to be hunted. Without state protection, grey wolves could once again become locally extinct in Wisconsin. I ask that you do all you can to uphold protections for this keystone species.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Yellowstone National Park

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9 Comments

  1. stop the brutality now these beautiful animals should be left to live Canada gave the US wolves because they were coming extinct down there now they want to hunt them what kind of a sick country are you to allow this

  2. WISCONSIN!!!!! TUS DECISIONES DE PERMITIR EL CRIMEN CON LOS LOBOS, TE HACE UN LUGAR DE TERCER MUNDO!

  3. EARTH NEEDS THE WOLVES TO WORK IN THE IMPORTANT ECOSYSTEM OF NATURE NOW. END THE KILLINGS OF THEM.

  4. Linda Cummings says:

    These wolves have been endangered for decades, they need recovery and protection! And you want to kill them so some filthy rich blood thirty hunters can stick their head on their disgusting wall?!?! Are you insane?! More likely you are short sighted, greedy and in the fist of wealthy interest groups who take what ever they want.

  5. Stop killing the animals! Really! They need protection from humans!

  6. Crystal Wilson says:

    All animals are valuable! They all serve a purpose in the ecosystem. Humans are the biggest predators and animals need saving from us. Please let them live in peace.

  7. Jacqui Skill says:

    STOP THE BARBARISM AND FIND YOUR HUMANITY!!! PROTECT THESE ENDANGERED PRECIOUS ANIMALS!!!

  8. We humans must come to learn to live together with other species because they have a right as much as we do! So are we?

  9. Stop this now hunt down the animal abusers not innocent animals.

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