Keep Michigan Wolves Protected is a coalition of conservation groups, animal welfare organizations, Native American tribes, wildlife scientists, faith groups, veterinarians, hunters, farmers, and concerned Michigan citizens. Our goal is to restore protections to Michigan’s small wolf population and restore the rights of voters to have a meaningful say on important wildlife issues, by urging a NO vote on Proposals 1 and 2 in the November 4, 2014 election.
There are fewer than 650 wolves in Michigan, who were removed from the federal Endangered Species List in January of 2012. It’s already legal to kill wolves when they threaten livestock or pets, or if there are concerns about proximity to humans. Wolves causing any problems are already effectively managed and controlled by existing lethal and non-lethal methods. There is no scientific justification to have a trophy hunt for wolves.
Responsible hunters eat what they kill, and nobody eats wolves. Methods such as painful steel-jawed leghold traps, hunting over bait, and even using packs of dogs to chase down wolves have been used in neighboring states, and if Proposal 1 is allowed to stand, they may also be in store for Michigan’s wolves. What’s more, wolves could be just the beginning: If Proposal 2 is not defeated at the ballot box in November, the politically-appointed Natural Resources Commission would have the unprecedented power to name almost any protected animal—including the wolf—to the list of game species to be hunted, without checks and balances from legislators or voters.
NO to the unnecessary wolf hunt. NO to the power grab. Vote NO on Proposals 1 and 2 in November.