Sunday, 18 August 2013

Wolves at Risk? Michigan Allows Hunting of Protected Species (Op-Ed)

Wayne Pacelle is the president and chief executive officer of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). This Op-Ed first appeared on the blog A Humane Nation, where it ran before appearing in LiveScience's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

I went to Lansing, Mich., earlier this week to stand with leaders of Native American tribes, environmentalists and local humane organizations to announce a new referendumin Michigan to protect wolves and other wildlife. Over the weekend, we barnstormed the state and talked to HSUS supporters, Audubon society members, hunters and other concerned citizens about the state's reckless plans to allow trophy hunters, and in future years, trappers to kill wolves from the small, still recovering population of fewer than 700 animals in Michigan.

Hunters won't be targeting problem wolves , but randomly killing animals in national forests and other wilderness areas in the Upper Peninsula of the state.

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