Cabela’s and Sportsman’s Warehouse -- two major outdoor retailers -- sponsored three recent “predator derbies, competitions where contestants were awarded three points for each wolf they killed.
The entry fees for these brutal competitions are being funneled to support anti-wolf lawyers and lobbyists working to keep wolves in Greater Yellowstone off the endangered species list… and squarely in the crosshairs of those who would do them harm.
Fill out the form below to add your name to our petition urging Cabela’s and Sportsman’s Warehouse to withdraw their support for “predator derbies” that target wolves.
I am particularly concerned that the entry fees for these events are now being used to support Sportsmen for Wildlife's Wolf Litigation Fund to keep wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the northern Rockies off the endangered species list.
Like many who enjoy the outdoors, I believe that the decision to remove wolves in Idaho and Montana from the endangered species list was premature and that the legal wrangling of groups like Sportsmen for Wildlife jeopardizes the future of wolves in the northern Rockies and the benefits for other wildlife that come with healthy local wolf populations.
Since wolves were reintroduced to Greater Yellowstone and central Idaho fifteen years ago, we've seen local ecosystems rebound as these top predators helped prevent overgrazing of foliage by elk and deer.
According to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, there are 150,000 elk in Montana, compared to 90,000 in the mid 1980s when wolves started to make their way back to the state. Wyoming's elk population is up 35% since then to 95,000, while Idaho's is up 5% to 115,000.
For all these reasons, I strongly urge you to withdraw your sponsorship and all support of these predator derbies so long as they target wolves.
Thank you for considering my comments. I look forward to your reply.