Stop the unjustified killing and hunting of Montana's wolves.  Use science!
  • Petitioning Jeff Hagener
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This petition will be delivered to:

Director of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Jeff Hagener
Deputy Director of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Mike Volesky
FWP Wildlife Program Manager
Jim Williams
Wolf Management Specialist
Kent Laudon
See response
Governor of Montana
Montana Governor Steve Bullock
FWP Regional Supervisor
Jim Satterfield

Stop the unjustified killing and hunting of Montana's wolves. Use science!

    1. Jay Mallonee - Wolf and Wildlife Studies
    2. Petition by

      Jay Mallonee - Wolf and Wildlife Studies

      Kalispell, MT

If you would like to collect signatures on behalf of this petition, please click here for more information.

Written signatures are beginning to come in now.  I'll keep a running total below that can be added to the number of online signatures to give the total number of petition signatures:

2654 written signatures as of 9/12/14 (add to number of online signatures).

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Beause I am an independent biologist and do not receive funding for my research, I have received numerous inquires regarding how people can donate to further my studies so we can all learn more about Montana's wolves.  In response, I have set up an online donation page that explains my research and how the money would be used.  If you are interested, please click here to learn more.  Even small donations of $5 - 10 would be significant and helpful.  Thank you!

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In Montana, there is only one source of wolf population numbers:  Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.  Their five Wolf Management Specialists spend the year "counting" wolves throughout the state.  These numbers are then used to set wolf management policy, along with the number of wolves that will be killed.  When I asked our local Specialist Kent Laudon what protocol is used to collect these data, he responded with, "Jay there are no protocols.  No protocol would be necessary or even help really." In other words, science has never been used to collect even the most basic information about wolf populations in our state, at least by FWP.  Yet, these animals are being slaughtered every year.  

Below, I present you with the evidence that documents the systematic "genocide" of a species and what you can do to prevent it.  No one scientist or environmental group will stop this.  Only when humanity decides that the lives of animals are important will this unscientific and senseless policy cease.  Please step-up and help these beings whose lives are an intricate part of healthy ecosystems.  The truth is right in front of you.

Overview:

Currently, there are two wolf issues that people find confusing:  1)  The removal of all gray wolves from the federal government’s Endangered Species Act (ESA); and 2)  Their management by the states.  The ESA designates U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as the agency responsible for determining what species are endangered and place them on the Endangered Species List (ESL).  After this happens, USFWS is responsible for removing species from the list and the ESA gives them the power to do so.  The wolves in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming were removed from the ESL in 2009, but currently the ESA still provides minimal protection:  it only requires the states to maintain 100 wolves with 10 breeding pairs.  They can kill the rest which is exactly what Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho are doing or have done (in Wyoming's case).  If the few remaining protections are lifted, then the states are free to kill ALL of their wolves with no intervention from the federal government.  Nevertheless, the remaining federal protection doesn't help much because the wolves are being slaughtered anyway as part of wolf management at the state level.  

Environmental groups and other organizations are currently fighting to keep the wolves protected. However, even if they "win" and wolves remain under the minimal protections of the ESA, then the status quo will also remain - hundreds and hundreds of dead wolves. No one has yet addressed the actual problem which involves the erroneous and misleading information provided by state wolf management.  Despite all of the lawsuits, protests and rallies, the killing of wolves has only gotten worse, both in number and violence. Nevertheless, the solution is straightforward: the public must hold government agencies accountable for their deplorable management practices that do not follow scientific protocols.  If not, wolves will continue to die, thus my petition.  I’ve provided the world with my published review of the government’s flawed data and how they exploit this misleading information to justify their slaughter of wolves.  Use my paper.  Go after these guys.  It is a weapon you can use to stop the mismanagement of our wildlife at its source.  

To do this, the public must demand answers from wolf managers, via phone calls, emails, etc., and help scientists like me to reach the upper levels of management and expose their false information and debunk their claims of science.  These are your wolves and it doesn't matter if you live in Montana or not.  Most of these animals live in national forests which any U. S. taxpayer owns.  You pay these people to provide the service of "managing" your land, yet their own data demonstrates their incompetence and destruction of the local environment.  In the food service industry, would you pay someone to provide you with a lousy meal?  This is business, and wolves are slaughtered for money and convenience despite the science that demonstrates their importance in maintaining healthy ecosystems.  Please continue reading to learn more about my research and published scientific review of FWP’s flawed data, and how this petition will help wolves.

Background:

For over twenty years I have researched and taught about wolves. Having had the longest running behavioral study of these animals in Montana’s history, outside of Yellowstone National Park, my interactions with wolf management agencies has been extensive. I have found that most managers have an appalling lack of knowledge about these animals, along with a disregard for science.

At the end of 2011, I published a paper in a peer-reviewed scientific journal that analyzed the data found in the annual reports published by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP).  This agency is responsible for wolf management.   Their information was filled with fabricated numbers used in making management decisions, such as determining the hunting quota.  In summary, my review found:

1. The scientific method is not used during data collection which makes management decisions based on this information highly questionable.  As noted above, Kent Laudon, one of the Wolf Management Specialists who collects the data, informed me that no protocols are used during data collection.  This is important because the conclusions derived from the data cannot be any better than the quality of data collected. In other words, wolf management is not based in science as FWP has claimed.

2. There is no accountability for the repercussions of management decisions, such as killing wolves without proper scientific assessment.  I took my paper to the Governor's Office and met with Mike Volesky, the Environmental Policy Advisor to the Governor at the time.  Among other topics, I asked him about the procedures FWP used to collect their flawed data, because they claimed that wolf hunts were based in science.  He said he would "investigate."  In subsequent emails, I was passed from one person to the next throughout the FWP hierarchy and never were my questions answered completely or even intelligently in some cases.  On my web site, you can read some of my email exchanges with FWP and judge for yourself.

3. There appears to be no quality control of the data which makes FWP seem as if they do not understand or are unaware of what their numbers say.  After years of interacting with these officials, I can say that they are a club.  Their concept of wolf management acts more like a belief system rather than a set of rational guidelines.  They are entrenched in their conviction that what they do is right, despite evidence to the contrary.  As a result, FWP uses other peoples’ hatred of wolves to make and save money.

4. Wolves are managed without regard to their top-down influence throughout ecosystems, by ignoring other areas of science such as animal behavior, emotions, intelligence, interactions among life forms, and some basic ecological principles.  Although some management may be necessary, hunting wolves remains scientifically unjustified.  In regards to emotions, you can read my published scientific study about a captive wolf from the wild that developed PTSD from her abuse by wolf managers and subsequent captivity.  She had been shot (tranquilizers via guns) four times and chased by aircraft twice.

5. When the state of Montana created revenue by killing its own wolves, hunting them became a self-serving process, as with the hunting of all managed wildlife. Hunting wolves can save the state money by reducing costs, creating revenue, and collecting opportunistic data from hunters. Therefore, money and convenience are some of the reasons to hunt wolves, which implies conflict of interest, especially when no scientific protocols were followed.

6. The actions of FWP bring up the moral issue of how a government agency can use flawed data to make management decisions, kill hundreds of wolves, and be allowed to do so.  Even when FWP conducted studies on elk populations, their own data demonstrated that their justifications for killing wolves was wrong. Click here for a summary of that information and current policies.

I have come to realize that I cannot expect FWP to act responsibly because they do not know what that means. I am responsible for wolf management. So are you. If you want wolves you will have to fight for them. Use what science knows about these animals and understand the data.  Use the provided links to educate yourself about the insanity of wolf management and to email FWP officials directly.  This is crucial because managers at FWP create a facade with their numbers. It will take some effort to unravel this illusion to reveal the truth.

Through my ten year study of the Fishtrap pack, and from the results of other scientific studies, there is at least one truth science has learned about wolves:  the pack is an intricate design of almost infinite complexity.  I have learned that rather than a “thing,” a wolf pack is a dynamic process.  It is greater than the sum of its parts.  The parts consist of pack members interacting with each other and with their surrounding environment.  The net result is a force that changes over time as the pack reacts to endless environmental variations such as increasing or decreasing prey populations, prey migration, climatic changes, or when pack members come and go. 

The picture above shows a pup who was a member of the Fishtrap pack.  I found her shot and thrown into a ditch, and this was when wolves were still endangered.  Nevertheless, entire packs could always be removed as part of wolf management control actions.  Despite the science, my study of the Fishtrap wolves came to an abrupt end several years ago when FWP killed all of them for apparently killing someone's cow.  There was no warning, no call, nothing.  They just vanished.  I had even found wolf pack behavior never before documented, but wolf management is not about enlightenment.  It is about killing, because they don't seem to know what else to do, and it is convenient. 

Currently, FWP continues to let the public kill more and more wolves, without knowing how many wolves actually live in the state and without scientific justification.  As of September 1, 2013, another hunting season on wolves has commenced and will last over six months.  Hunters and trappers are now allowed to kill up to five wolves each.  As added incentive, out-of-state hunting fees have also been reduced.    

Following is a list of the officials involved in wolf management. They are arranged from the highest political level to the lowest, top to bottom. I urge anyone interested in this subject to email these people and demand the truth about wolf management and clarification as to what is really going on.

Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana, governor@mt.gov.

Jeff Hagener, FWP Director, jhagener@mt.gov

Mike Volesky, FWP Deputy Director, MVolesky@mt.gov

Jim Satterfield, Regional Supervisor, jsatterfield@mt.gov.

Jim Williams, FWP Wildlife Program Manager, jiwilliams@mt.gov.

Kent Laudon, Wolf Management Specialist, klaudon@mt.gov.

Please visit my web site for more specific and additional information about wolves in Montana and my interactions with the government to end the killing of these animals. My scientific publications and the magazine articles I have written about this issue are available as free PDF downloads. You will see that FWP has no scientific justification for killing our wolves. Until the public as a whole tells wolf managers to stop, this process will continue indefinitely.

The goal is 100,000 signatures:  a good representation of different people and cultures from around the world.  Make FWP listen.  Every signature is emailed to the officials listed below.  However, when the goal has been reached, I will travel to the capital and present a copy of your signatures and comments to the Governor, with the media present.  Enough of this killing.  It needs to stop.  

Please share this petition with family and friends using Facebook, Twitter or other social media.  These are your wolves, the world's wolves.  Don't let them die for the agenda of only a few misguided and bigoted people. 

Thank you for your concern,

Jay Mallonee
Wolf and Wildlife Studies
www.wolfandwildlifestudies.com

 

This petition began on 3/29/13.

 

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To:
Jeff Hagener, Director of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Mike Volesky, Deputy Director of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Jim Williams, FWP Wildlife Program Manager
Kent Laudon, Wolf Management Specialist
Montana Governor Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana
Jim Satterfield, FWP Regional Supervisor
Stop the unjustified killing and hunting of Montana's wolves. Use science to guide wolf management!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Thank you Wolf Sanctuary of PA!!!!!!

      This wolf sanctuary has contributed written signatures since the beginning and is currently the only source of these signatures. Out of 1815 submitted so far, they have contributed 1087 as of today. All other environmental organizations who were on board a year ago have fallen by the wayside. This is truly the people's petition and it will be the public who eventually solves these issues. Thanks to organizations like Wolf Sanctuary of PA and a handful for private citizens, we are about to reach 32,000 total signatures.

    2. Reached 30,000 signatures
    3. We are now over 27,000 signatures

      As of today (9/30/13), the number of written signatures is 870. Together with the current online signatures, the total is now over 27,400 signatures. Well done everyone!

    4. Reached 25,000 signatures
    5. Thank you Good Wolf!

      Thanks to the organization Good Wolf who made a pledge for this petition, we have received almost 5,000 new signatures over the past week. Some written signatures have also come in. The total number of signatures at the moment (9/16/13 - afternoon), online and written, is 25,470. The goal is a lofty one of 100,000 signatures so we need plenty more. But we're getting there thanks to everyone's help. Thank you all!

    6. Reached 20,000 signatures
    7. We surpassed over 19,000 signatures this morning (online and written)!

      Remember, it is at the state level where are the unjustified killing is decided. Thank you all for your support and helping me get back to the capital with the media in tow. We're getting there! Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks cannot hide forever. With media involvement, they will have to explain why the use unscientific justifications for killing our wildlife and subsequent destruction of our environment. Thank again for your support and keep the signatures coming!

    8. We are now well over 18,000 signatures (online and written combined)

      Keep the written signatures coming in. They are making a difference! Thank you all for your support.

    9. Reached 17,500 signatures
    10. As of July 18, we are now well over 16,000 signatures!!!

      This includes the written signatures that some people are collecting on their own. Please keep up the good work!

    11. FWP approves longer hunting season and to kill more wolves.

      Today Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) approved its proposal to extend the current hunting season, and allow hunters and trappers to kill five wolves each. To read or download the news article go to:

      http://www.wolfandwildlifestudies.com/downloads/fwpapproveslongerhuntingseason.pdf

      We need more signatures so that I can go to the Governors' Office and continue to call out wolf managers on the flawed data they use to justify killing our wolves! I am the only scientist doing so in Montana and I need your help to get there.

    12. August 6: I will be giving a presentation in Los Angeles about wolves.

      This will be a public presentation at the G2 Gallery in Venice, CA (http://www.theg2gallery.com). We will explore the world of wolves: their behavior, intelligence, emotions and the controversy that surrounds the hunting of these animals. The presentation will begin at 7:00 PM. Perhaps you can join us!

    13. Reached 15,000 signatures
    14. I am now receiving written signatures!

      As of yesterday (6/5/13), those of you that have been collecting signatures on your own are beginning to send them in. I am now keeping a running total of written signatures at the top of the petition. This can be added to the number of online signatures for a grand total. We are almost to 14,000 now! Keep 'em com'in!!! If anyone would like to collect signatures on their own, <a href="http://www.wolfandwildlifestudies.com/signatures.php">Click here</a> to learn more.

      Signatures

      In only three weeks, 12,000 people from all over the world have signed the petition to help end the hunting and trapping of wolves in Montana. I looked at other current online wolf petitions and none of them have achieved this kind of success in such a short period of time.

    15. Decision-maker Kent Laudon responds:

      Kent Laudon

      please stop wolves being killed


    16. FWP wants to extend this year's hunting season and kill even more wolves

      On May 9, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hear public comments on their proposal to extend the wolf hunting season to over six and half months, and allow each hunter/trapper to kill up to 5 wolves. In a local news article, an official stated, "Added harvest should provide additional relief to livestock producers and in some instances, relief to big game populations that are performing poorly, due in part, to the effects of wolf predation." None of this is true. See my published review paper:

      http://www.wolfandwildlifestudies.com/downloads/natureandscience.pdf.

      The quote above, or some variant of it, is common in FWP documents and press releases. They continually make the claim that livestock depredation and effects on wildlife are the basic reasons to kill wolves. The data, even their own, does not support these contentions. To read or download the news article please go to:

      http://www.wolfandwildlifestudies.com/downloads/fwpwantslongerseason.pdf.

    17. Reached 12,500 signatures
    18. Another supporter!

      Thank you to the Wolf Sanctuary of PA. They have posted the link to this petition on their web site and will continue to support Montana's wolves in the future.

    19. Reached 10,000 signatures
    20. Thank you to our new supporters:

      Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre - BC, Canada
      White Wolf Sanctuary - Tidewater, Oregon

    21. Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center has joined the cause, in a big way

      I received a call from the CWWC this afternoon and they have already begun to promote this petition by providing a link on their web site, announcing it in their newsletter, contacting other wildlife organizations on our behalf, and other methods of letting the world know about this petition. We have received the full backing of their considerable resources. I am extremely grateful for their courage to speak out and help all wolves by helping to save those in Montana.

    22. Thank you to our new Canadian sponsor!!!

      Today I was informed that an anonymous Canadian organization has paid to sponsor this petition via change/org. Fantastic news! Whoever you are, please contact me at some point so that I can thank you personally. The wolves are gathering friends from all over the world now, from petition signers to organizations (see the next news item above).

    23. We are getting help!!!

      I have contacted numerous wolf sanctuaries all over the world, along with wolf advocacy groups. The link for this petition has begun to show on their web sites or Facebook pages, specifically Friends of Animals, Howling for Justice, and Wild Earth Guardians, with help from Footloose.

      We are starting to get some help! There are many more places yet to contact, and I'm doing so as fast as I can. Please keep the signatures coming. The wolves need everyone's assistance. For those who have already signed, I hope you can understand how important you are. Your insights have been invaluable, and they come from a wide range of countries on almost every continent. These truly are the world's wolves. Thank you for embracing them.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Ben Schuster OREGON CITY, OR
      • 1 day ago

      Stop catering to the hunters and ranchers. Start using scientific basis for your actions.

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    • Rebecca Shaffer VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
      • 1 day ago

      Wolves are a beautiful creature and should not be harmed in anyway.

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    • Helena Rice FALKIRK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 2 days ago

      ITS MURDER

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    • Brenda Scholl Bright WENONAHQ, NJ
      • 2 days ago

      wolves are essential in the future . I feel this way about all living things.

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    • Laurie Weirton SPARKS, NV
      • 3 days ago

      Wolves are needed, if you don't believe it just look how they saved Yellowstone.

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