STOP THE WAR ON WOLVES - MICHIGAN

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Please sign our petition asking the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to respect the decision of voters who overwhelmingly said NO to the hunting of wolves.   Voters  have a right to be heard (as we declared clearly in two referendums) on how wildlife is managed. We can’t rely on politicians and bureaucrats to make decisions without voter oversight. We need checks and balances to ensure that wildlife, which is held in the public trust, will be managed with the best available science.  The current model by the State ignores science and common sense.

Background:

Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

The 2008, Wolf Management Plan stated that, if biologically defensible, legally feasible, and supported by the public, the DNR would develop a program to offer opportunities for the public to harvest wolves for recreational or utilitarian purposes.

However, after voters said NO, loud and clear, the Wolf Management Plan was updated in 2015 where the DNR made a subtle but significant change. It now states, “If biologically sustainable, legally feasible, and socially responsible, develop recommendations to the NRC to offer opportunities for the public to harvest wolves for recreational or utilitarian purposes.

Tell the Michigan DNR and the NRC, enough is enough. The will of the people should be recognized and honored. NO to the hunting / trapping of wolves. Stop the War on Wolves in Michigan.

There is no scientific or biological justification for a wolf hunting / trapping season.

The Michigan wolf population has declined over the past six years. The most recent survey estimates the population at only 618 animals, down from 687 in 2011. 

The Michigan DNR is simply waiting for the federal delisting of wolves to begin the hunting / trapping of wolves as a result of political pressure.

Legislative History

Michigan residents have the power to repeal legislation via veto referendum by collecting enough signatures within a specific time frame to force the matter onto the state’s ballot for a vote by the people. The deadline for the submission of signatures for a veto referendum is 90 days following the final adjournment of the legislative session at which the targeted bill was passed.

On December 31, 2012, during the final days of the legislative session, Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Public Act 520 which designated the wolf as game and established a wolf hunting season. 256,916 voter signatures were collected an on March 27, 2013, the signatures were delivered to the office of the Secretary of State, suspending Public Act 520.

Lawmakers responded by enacting Public Act 21 which empowered the Natural Resource Commission (NRC)to declare game animals and establish hunting seasons without legislative action. The NRC is a political body, not a scientific one and their decisions are not subject to the veto referendum process.

This allowed a wolf hunt to take place in 2013.  Despite the hunt, poaching continued.

Once again, signatures were collected and in March 2014 nearly 230,000 signatures from all 83 Michigan counties were submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office, placing a second referendum on the November 4, 2014 ballot.

Meanwhile, groups supporting wolf hunting, collected signatures which following signature verification were submitted directly to the legislature, not voters. The measure did not require the Governor’s signature. On August 27, 2014, the “Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act” became law. It was a mirror image of Public Act 21, except it included an appropriation which barred it from a vote by the people. This law was later found to be unconstitutional.

On November 4, 2014, Michigan voters overwhelmingly said NO to the designation of the wolf as a game animal and NO to empowering the NRC to designate species as game.

On December 19th, 2014 wolf protections were restored through Court order. Governor Rick Snyder signed into law PA 382 on December 19, 2016. It designated the wolf as a game animal and sets the stage for the NRC to establish a wolf hunting and trapping season upon federal delisting. PA 382 cannot be challenged by voters.

THERE WILL BE A WOLF HUNTING / TRAPPING SEASON IN MICHIGAN UNLESS WE CAN STOP THE WAR ON WOLVES



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