18 petitions

Started 4 months ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States


Stop the War on Wolves – Federal             See also: Stop the War on Wolves – Michigan Please sign our petition, asking Congress to oppose all legislation that directs the Department of Interior to reissue the final rule relating to listing of the gray wolf in the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming which was published on December 28, 2011. This ruling gave the States the authority to hunt and trap wolves for recreational purposes.  The 2011 ruling was overturned by the courts, yet, some in Congress want the ruling to be reissued so that hunting and trapping of wolves can begin again. Pending legislation also states that such reissuance shall not be subject to judicial review. The delisting of any species should be in accordance with the Endangered Species Act and based on the best available science and not irrational fears.  Congress should not enact laws to circumvent the courts, ignore science or take away the rights of citizens to challenge decisions. Since 2011, there has been a concerted effort by some members of Congress to dismantle and weaken the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  The ESA, passed in 1973, is considered one of the most successful bipartisan pieces of legislation adopted and still today, strongly supported by the majority of Americans. A poll conducted in 2015 by Tulchin Research showed that 90 percent of Americans support upholding the Endangered Species Act and are more likely to vote for a member of Congress who votes to uphold environmental safeguards. Yet, several toxic bills removing protections for wolves and bypassing the ESA have been introduced. In July 2017, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted to advance the “HELP for Wildlife Act” (S.1514).  Contrary to its name, this bill is deadly for wolves.   If signed into law, it would expose wolves in the Great Lakes Region, once again, to hunting and trapping by agencies influenced by special interest groups and politically appointed Commissions.  Wisconsin’s population is approaching 900 animals and the Department of Natural Resources is prepared to reduce the population to an unsustainable level of 350 wolves.  Wisconsin is the only state that allows the hunting of wolves with dogs. Wisconsin state law MANDATES that wolves WILL BE hunted upon delisting. Minnesota wolves are federally classified as “threatened” meaning that the state already has the authority to lethally remove any wolves that threaten livestock.   Minnesota wolves are credited with providing the genetic diversity for the Great Lakes Region. 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 states have already proven that politics, rather than science, dictates wolf management.  During the period 2012-2014, as a delisted species, more than 1500 wolves were killed by hunting and trapping in the Great Lakes region. Allowing wolves to be delisted through Congressional action sets dangerous precedent and places other species at risk of losing protections at the whims of Congress to appease corporations and/or special interests. We must stop these toxic bills from becoming law.  Contact your representatives and demand they protect wolves and uphold the tenets of the Endangered Species Act.

Wolf Supporter
4,466 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to MI Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Chief, MI Department of Natural Resources Director, MI Department of Natural Resources; Natural Resources Commission


See also: Stop the War on Wolves - Federal 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

Marcie Terwilliger
1,054 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Stop Congress from Sentencing Wolves to Death

Members of Congress are taking aim at endangered wolves, and we need to stop them. Please sign our petition asking Congress to keep their Endangered Species Act protections intact.Removing these protections and freezing recovery efforts across the country will deal wolves a deadly blow.Time and again the courts have sided with scientists in keeping wolves protected -- which is why right-wing politicians have resorted to underhanded schemes like those proposed in a new House budget bill. If passed, this funding bill would not only undermine wolf recovery but damage the Endangered Species Act itself -- one of our nation's bedrock environmental laws.They would expose thousands of wolves to brutal hunting and trapping seasons and open the door to stripping protections from other species whenever those species are deemed inconvenient by politicians.Wolves across the country face a dangerous future. The population is perilously small in California. In the Southwest there are just 113 Mexican gray wolves in the wild, not nearly enough for safety and stability. We know exactly what happens when politicians meddle with wildlife. In 2011 Congress stripped Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in five states. Since then it's been open season: More than 3,000 wolves have been killed across the West.We have to stop this budget bill. Please sign and contact your representatives in Congress to demand that they protect America's wolves.

Center for Biological Diversity
60,151 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to California Fish and Game Commission

Help Protect Wolves in California

Snares, lethal traps, night-hunting. These are the deadly dangers that wolves face as they attempt to return to their native home of California. Project Coyote and the Center for Biological Diversity are taking swift action to protect wolves from these lethal practices and your voice is needed now! We have petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission to ban lethal trapping and night-hunting in the wolf recovery zone to better protect wolves from deadly traps and bullets. BACKGROUND: In June 2014, the Commission listed wolves under the California Endangered Species Act, providing wolves recolonizing their historic range in California with the extra protections needed for recovery (wolves in California are also still listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act though those protections are tenuous as the Fish and Wildlife Service debates delisting wolves from the ESA). While these regulatory mechanisms render both the intentional and accidental taking of gray wolves in California illegal, specific regulations are necessary to protect wolves in the state from one of the greatest threats to their recovery: the accidental killing of gray wolves mistaken for other species, particularly coyotes, in night-time hunting and lethal trapping currently permitted in occupied and potential wolf territory. WHAT YOU CAN DO: The Commission is considering taking regulatory action in response to our petition and we need your support! Please sign this petition urging the Commission to support a ban on night-hunting and lethal trapping in the wolf recovery zone of Northern California. After signing, please share this petition widely with friends, family and colleagues.  For more information about this issue, see our action alert and read our joint letter to the Commission on this issue here. Sign up for Project Coyote’s E-Team to stay apprised of this and other related issues. Together we can protect wolves in California from night-hunting and lethal traps! Thank you!

Project Coyote
44,461 supporters