Michigan Wolves In Crossfire…

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It’s  groundhog day in wolf country, a grisly scenario playing out over and over in each wolf state.  The Michigan state Senate passed SB 135o on Thursday, which designates wolves as game animals, moving them one step closer to public hunts. The bill will now be shuttled to the state House for a vote.  So much for Michigan being reasonable on wolves.  The same trophy hunting crowd, who rammed through wolf hunts in Minnesota and Wisconsin, are alive and well in Michigan.

“Michigan moved a step closer to letting hunters target gray wolves Thursday, when the state Senate voted to designate the predator as a game species.

The bill was approved on a 23-15 vote and sent to the House, where a similar measure is pending. It doesn’t guarantee that wolf hunts will be allowed but authorizes the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, whose seven members are appointed by the governor, to establish seasons.

Wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned to near extinction in the lower 48 states in the last century but have rebounded in the Upper Midwest and Northern Rockies since receiving protection under federal and state law. “….Ann Arbor.com

But history be damned, wolf hating mania is in full force. When Ken Salazar and the USFWS turned Great Lakes wolves over to the states, they signed the animals death warrants. The wolf states are not interested in wildlife watchers, wolf advocates or Native Americans who oppose the hunts.  We’ve watched the dominoes fall for the last three and half years. First Montana and Idaho, then Wisconsin, Minnesota and Wyoming, now Michigan is clamoring for wolf blood.

Montana  and Idaho wolves were the first to be railroaded, sacrificed for Senator Tester’s (D-MT)  reelection. This is the third wolf hunt held in the two states. Not only are the hunts in Montana and Idaho becoming more brutal with each passing year but Montana is moving ahead with wolf trapping for the first time, starting on December 15.

There is no reason to hold public wolf hunts. Hundreds of wolves are killed every year by Wildlife Services for agribusiness.  The truth is wolves are being killed because the federal government turned them over to their mortal enemies, the  state fish and game agencies. Wolves are being killed because the states were given permission to slaughter them.

We have to get serious about pushing for federal legislation to relist wolves. We can’t just sit here and watch the  slaughter take place and spend our days counting wolf corpses.

Wolf hunts wipe out 555 wolves in just 3 months!!

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Michigan Senate takes step toward allowing wolf hunts

By The Associated Press
Posted on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 7:49 p.m.
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Photo:  Courtesy All Animals
Posted in: Wolf Wars, Michigan wolves

Tags: wolf hunts, SB 1350, Michigan wolves, wolf persecution grows,  stop killing wolves

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