UPDATE: April 3, 2013
I”m going to leave this post up all week and then the petition will be on the sidebar so people can continue to sign. If we can do this one thing to show Governor Bullock and the gang over at Montana FWP that wolves in Montana have tremendous support and we don’t want them slaughtered, then Jay’s petition will have accomplished a giant first step in stopping this insanity. Please share his petition with all your friends and contacts. The wolves are voiceless and Jay has spoken very eloquently for them! We can’t let them down!
LET’S GET THIS DONE!!
For the wolves, For the wild ones,
Please Sign The Petition To Stop The Killing Of Montana’s Wolves!
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 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.
There has been no accountability for the repercussions of management decisions, such as killing wolves without proper scientific assessment. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has been telling the public that their wolf hunts and management processes are based in science. Therefore, I asked them about the procedures used to collect their data. I was told, “Jay there are no protocols. No protocol would be necessary or even help really.” In other words, scientific methods were never used to collect data, making their data only “guesses.” So using flawed data, FWP has decided to kill hundreds of wolves each year based on justifications that can be easily dis-proven. Therefore, I have started an online petition to stop the killing of Montana’s wolves. So far, I am the only scientist to do so.
The goal is 100,000 signatures before the public wolf hunt begins in the fall. After years of talk, political rhetoric, and a trip to the Governor’s Office, I intend to make FWP listen this time. Every signature is emailed to the FWP officials listed in the petition, and to the Governor. However, when the goal has been reached, I will travel to the capitol of Montana and present a copy of your signatures and comments to the Governor, with the media present. Although the petition explains the issues, it also contains several links to my web site and research so that you can make an informed decision about signing.
Currently, FWP continues to let the public kill more and more wolves, without knowing how many wolves actually live in the state. Recently, the law has been changed so that hunters can now kill up to three wolves each and use electronic calls. As added incentive, out-of-state hunting fees have also been reduced. Although wolves are already trapped using leg holds as a part of hunting, two more bills are being considered that will allow the use of dead wolves to bait these traps.
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,
Wolf and Wildlife Studies
Petitioning Montana Governor Steve Bullock
Stop the unjustified killing and hunting of Montana’s wolves. Use science!
Petition by Jay Mallonee
We must do it for the wolves!
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