Group Opposed to Trophy Hunting of Wolves to Hold Educational Forum in Kalamazoo

Keep Michigan Wolves Protected will hold the first in a series of statewide educational forums in Kalamazoo at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 11 at Four Points by Sheraton, 3600 E. Cork St.
 
The Keep Michigan Wolves Protected campaign is traveling around the state to host free educational forums for the public. The forums will focus on the value of wolves both ecologically and culturally, and answer questions about the upcoming hunt and the history of wolves in Michigan.
 
The coalition of animal welfare groups, conservationists, veterinarians, Native American tribes and faith leaders gathered more than 255,000 signatures in just 67 days this past winter to put a wolf-hunting referendum on the November 2014 ballot, which was certified by the Board of State Canvassers on May 22. However, the Legislature and Governor rushed through Senate Bill 288, now Public Act 21, to circumvent Michigan’s voter referendum law by empowering the Natural Resources Commission to determine a wolf hunting and trapping season.
 
“Michiganders are committed to stopping the cruel and senseless slaughter of Michigan’s fragile wolf population,” said Jill Fritz, director of KMWP. “Keep Michigan Wolves Protected will continue to work to stop the trophy hunting and trapping of wolves and will explore all options, including another referendum campaign to place the legislature’s power grab on the ballot in November 2014.”
 
Two additional educational forums are planned for Clarkston on June 12 and Woodhaven on June 13. For more information on KMWP, visit http://keepwolvesprotected.com.
 
Facts

- On May 9, the NRC voted 6-1 to establish a wolf hunting and trapping season in three areas of the Upper Peninsula between November 15 and December 31.

- On May 22, the Board of State Canvassers certified the petition signatures gathered by Keep Michigan Wolves Protected to place a wolf hunting referendum on the November 2014 ballot.

- Michigan’s wolf population has decreased from 687 to 658, according the latest census by the Department of Natural Resources.

- Wolves are extremely shy and have a natural fear of humans. In the past 100 years, there has never been a verified attack by a wolf on a human in the lower 48 states.

- Current state law already allows farmers and dog owners to remove or shoot wolves that are attacking their animals, and farmers may obtain a permit from the DNR to remove additional wolves following a depredation incident. Fewer than eight percent of the Upper Peninsula’s farms have reported any wolf depredations in the past 17 years.


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Keep Wolves Protected is endorsed by a number of organizations and citizens including:

  • Kalamazoo Humane Society
  • Pamela Graves, DVM
  • Detroit Audubon Society
  • Michigan Animal Shelter Rescue Network
  • Aaron Payment, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Voiceless-MI
  • Humane Society of Huron Valley
  • Detroit Zoological Society

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