Michigan: Lie, Cheat and Steal Your Way to Wolf Hunting

In December of last year, Michigan state politicians rushed a ‘lame duck’ bill through the House and Senate designating wolves a “game” species (i.e., an animal that can be hunted) and authorizing an open season on wolves. Governor Snyder signed it into law. It was already legal to kill wolves in order to protect dogs or livestock, and there is no scientific reason to hunt and trap them — the ONLY reason is for the “fun” of a small minority of hunters evidently lacking the gene responsible for empathy.

However, as you may remember reading here earlier this year, a coalition of different groups and citizens called Keep Michigan’s Wolves Protected quickly collected far more signatures than were necessary to put the issue of whether to allow wolf hunting on the November ballot. This meant that the citizens — not the politicians or a few wealthy special-interest groups — would decide the fate of the 650-odd wolves in the state. Michigan politicians responded by quickly passing another law giving the Natural Resources Commission the authority to designate wolves (and any other animals) “game animals”. Because the NRC is a regulatory body and not a legislative one, Michigan voters would be powerless to reverse their decisions.

Keep Michigan Wolves Protected is currently circulating a petition (unfortunately only for Michigan voters, but here is the link in case you know anyone there: http://keepwolvesprotected.com/sign) to place a referendum of this new law on the ballot. Last week, reporter John Barnes and a team of other investigative reporters from the state’s top newspapers blew the whistle on a conspiracy hatched by a lying farmer, state lawmakers, and the state Department of Natural Resources. The director of Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, Jill Fritz (also HSUS’ state director) has asked Governor Rick Snyder to block the hunt scheduled to begin November 15th, since its entire rationale was corrupt, based on fabricated reports of wolves hanging around a daycare center and appearing in people’s back yards, and incidents of wolf depredation on a single farm whose owner baited the wolves to begin with, for the sake of financial reimbursement. In addition, after soliciting public feedback on the wolf hunt, the Natural Resources Commission ignored and deleted more TEN THOUSAND of the anti-hunting emails they received.

Does this corruption shock you? It shouldn’t. These are people who want to subject wolves to the prolonged and atrocious suffering caused by shooting, bowhunting and trapping. What is lying, cheating and stealing compared to that?