Stop Montana's War on Wolves
  • Petitioned Brian Schweitzer

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Governor of Montana
Brian Schweitzer

Stop Montana's War on Wolves

    1. Pamela Black
    2. Petition by

      Pamela Black

      Lapeer, MI

Montana is angry over the federal court ruling that returned wolves to protected under the Endangered Species Act. Now, like Idaho before them, Montana's Governor Brian Schweitzer has issued a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar declaring a war on wolves.

Gov. Schweitzer has ordered Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to no longer investigate wolves killed by people. He argues that ranchers need to defend their livestock from wolves and is giving the green light to kill any and all wolves deemed a threat. FWP has been instructed to take out entire packs that may have preyed on livestock. No proof needed.

Additionally, to protect elk for hunters, all wolves in the Bitterroot Valley are to be eliminated. This despite the increase in elk harvested by human hunters this winter. Wolves are being blamed for low elk numbers but there are obviously enough elk for humans and wolves.

The purpose of the letter is to object to federal management of wolves. However, this act will have the consequence of increasing federal presence in the state.

Gov. Schweitzer needs to hear that his plan is ill conceived and reckless. In order to obtain his goal of state management of wolves, all states with the Northern Rockies population of wolves need a sustainable wolf plan. Montana and Idaho have cooperated. Wyoming is holding out. Pressure needs to be placed on Wyoming, not the feds. In the meantime, Gov. Schweitzer needs to retract his declaration of war on wolves.

Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

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      Petition Organizer

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    • Dianne Hillier LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      We should nurture compassionate thought. Since we wish to live, we should not kill any other living being. Furthermore, the karma of killing is understood as the root of all suffering and the fundamental cause of sickness and war, and the forces of killing are explicitly identified with the demonic. The highest and most universal ideal of Buddhism is to work unceasingly for permanent end to the suffering of all living beings, not just humans.

      'With the Medicine Buddha mantra you can liberate numberless sentient beings from oceans of suffering and bring them to enlightenment.' - Lama Zopa. Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha BeKanze Radza Samudgate Soha

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    • Aim'ee A. Abington ROCK ISLAND, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      As an AMERICAN who likes to travel the United States and other countries, I would like to see the wolves living wild and free when I am in Montana spending my tourist dollars! If the anti-wolf advocates are allowed to have their way in Montana, I'll have to spend my tourist dollars in another state. Preferably one that embraces it's wildlife.

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    • cheryl landi SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Governor Schweitzer: You have a beautiful state. I was just there recently. However, your policies on wolf aniliation are outdated, cruel and unscientific. Numbers don't lie. The elk population is not on a decrease because of wolves but because of trophy hunters. In fact, it is not on the decrease at all. Instead of encouraging hunting you should use the natural beauty of your state and wildlife. I assure you, you can make as much if not more on wolf observation and exploration than wolf killing. I for one have been three times to visit the wolves in Yellowstone park. If not a moral choice, how about a business choice. Sincerely, Cheryl Landi

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    • Dean Krause FORT WAYNE, IN
      • over 3 years ago

      Gov Brian Schweitzer needs to obey the laws of the country he lives in. If he doesn't, is he not a criminal? What this is all about is GREED and erroneous perceptions about wolves, and wildlife.

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    • jill countryman KALISPELL, MT
      • over 3 years ago

      I'm a Montana born and raised woman in my fifties and am sick to death of hearing statements from governors like "Montanans have a right to enjoy their wildlife" - What Guv S. do you think WOLVES are?? Bitterroot elk numbers are up and I personally would much rather live in a state with wolves than those pesky elk herds that I only encounter right in the middle of the highway usually at night, standing around in the mist and presenting quite the driving challenge. Don't spit in the face of federal law and DON'T INCLUDE ME ON YOUR DAFT TRIP DOWN THE RIVER.

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