Many of you have contacted us recently, expressing interest in getting more involved with our effort to STOP the mandatory state-sanctioned wolf hunt scheduled to happen in Wisconsin later this fall…you asked, and we heard you loud and clear!
So, here are three things you can do to help save Wisconsin wolves TODAY. As always, if you have any questions on how to complete any of the following actions, please contact us here.
1. Wolf hunt bill. Contact your legislators!
Lawmakers have drafted legislation to end Wisconsin’s mandatory wolf hunting season. By changing a single word in state statutes from “shall” to “may” the bill would give the Department of Natural Resources discretion over whether to hold a hunt or not. While our organization objects to any recreational hunting or trapping of wolves, this is a crucial first step to remove the mandate to kill wolves, the only species with such a mandate.
“The DNR should have discretion over whether to hold a hunt so that our state can make scientifically informed decisions about wildlife management, uphold our responsibilities to consult with sovereign tribal governments, and take the considerations of the public into account before hunts are held,” sponsors Sen. Tim Carpenter or Milwaukee and Rep. Jodi Emerson of Eau Claire wrote.
Please call your Representatives and ask them to support this legislation. If they already have supported it, thank them for their dedication to sensible, scientific wolf management in the state.
2. Ask your State Senator to co-sponsor resolution LRB 4473/1, relating to: advice and consent of the senate.
This bill will require that all Governor’s appointments get hearings within 100 days. As we have seen with Dr. Prehn, who is still illegally sitting in his Natural Resources Board chair position, this would allow our new appointee a hearing and forward motion for her to finally take her rightful seat.
“This resolution amends the senate rules to provide that the president must refer a nomination to committee within 10 days after the appointment is submitted to the senate and the committee must report its findings and recommendations to the senate within 50 days after referral. The rules are further amended to require that the senate must consider a nomination within 40 days after a committee has reported its findings and recommendations on the nomination to the senate.”
Please call your Senators ONLY and ask them to support this legislation. If they already have supported it, thank them for their dedication to democracy and to stop Dr. Prehn. Find your State Senators here: https://maps.legis.wisconsin.gov/
3. Write an LTE supporting these legislative actions and our lawsuit.
It is important to keep wolves in the news! You can choose to write about wolves, agency reform, Dr. Prehn’s unethical behavior, whatever you wish. Click below to learn more about writing an effective letter to the editor:
A letter to the editor (LTE) is an effective way to influence elected officials and educate others. Members of Congress are particularly responsive to letters in their constituents’ local newspapers. There may be no easier way to make a public statement of support for wolves than a writing a letter to the editor.