MUTTS Comic Strip Decries Wolf Hunt

 “Wolves are magnificent creatures, related to the dogs we share our lives with, and are just beginning to recover from the brink of extinction,” said MUTTS creator and cartoonist Patrick McDonnell. “I join with the residents of Michigan who are deeply saddened by the beginning of today’s wolf hunting season, and urge all my fans and readers in Michigan to help gather signatures and put this issue on the ballot in November 2014. We can turn around this problem for wolves and make sure their longstanding protections and the voice of Michigan voters are restored.”

In addition to being the creator and author of the award-winning, internationally-syndicated comic strip MUTTS, Patrick McDonnell of New Jersey is the author of several children's books, and a member of the Board of Directors of The Humane Society of the United States. 

“The MUTTS comic strip is a poignant example of how the senseless trophy hunting of wolves has drawn the attention of a worldwide audience,” said Jill Fritz, director of Keep Michigan Wolves Protected. “It’s clear that the deft skill of cartoonist Patrick McDonnell can say in just a few words and illustrations how wrong it is to kill these majestic creatures.”

The MUTTS comic strip follows yesterday’s endorsement by rock legend Iggy Pop and an investigation by ( revealing that lawmakers used details of a wolf sighting outside an Upper Peninsula daycare that never occurred; the Department of Natural Resources’ furbearer specialist lied in a radio interview about wolves threatening people outside their homes; the U.P. farmer who reported more than 60 percent of wolf-livestock incidents over the past three years baited wolves using deer and cattle carcasses in violation of state law; and the Natural Resources Commission asked for public input about the wolf hunt and then deleted or ignored more than 10,000 email comments on the subject.

Last March, Keep Michigan Wolves Protected – a coalition of animal welfare groups, conservationists, veterinarians, business owners, faith leaders and Native American tribes – submitted more than 255,000 signatures of Michigan residents allowing voters to decide in the November 2014 election if the wolf should be designated as a game animal. Before the people even had an opportunity to vote on the issue, legislators and the governor hastily approved a second law (P.A. 21) allowing the unelected political appointees of the Natural Resources Commission to designate the wolf and other protected animals as game species, a decision that would no longer be subject to the voter referendum process. 

Keep Michigan Wolves Protected launched a second petition drive in August to overturn P.A. 21. Persons interested in volunteering, donating or learning more about the issue can visit



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In the 2014 general election, Michigan voters soundly rejected two referendums on the trophy hunting and trapping of the state’s small population of wolves. But now, the Michigan legislature has rushed through another bill, SB 1187, to once again designate wolves as a game species to be hunted and trapped—in spite of that public rejection of an almost identical measure at the ballot box just two years ago...


Keep Wolves Protected is endorsed by a number of organizations and citizens including:

  • Kalamazoo Humane Society
  • Pamela Graves, DVM
  • Detroit Audubon Society
  • Michigan Animal Shelter Rescue Network
  • Aaron Payment, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Voiceless-MI
  • Humane Society of Huron Valley
  • Detroit Zoological Society


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