Kudos to the California Fish and Wildlife Commission for recently providing full protection for wolves under their state’s Endangered Species Act. I hope they strictly enforce the actions.
All western states, including Montana, should take similar measures. There is plenty of space for both people and wildlife. Non-lethal predator deterrents do work and wolves are not aggressive towards humans. There is simply no valid reason not to allow wolves to be where they should be.
Wolves aside, it is imperative that we quickly energize movements to prevent the extinction of both the wolverine and lynx south of Canada. Both species are in dire shape and require immediate and heavily enforced protection. I was fortunate to view both species while in Glacier and will forget neither.
The wolverines were very active but never a threat and the lynx were absolutely beautiful. They now need our help. Please voice your caring opinions on the future of these animals to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and your state representatives, before it’s too late.
To finish, in regards to ballot initiative I-169, it seems apparent that trapping is indeed outdated and unnecessary and should not occur on Montana’s public lands any longer. Trapping is often a gruesome endeavor and indiscriminately maims and kills animals, including family pets and endangered species. My dog stepped in a set trap and would have died in misery and pain if I had not been there to release him. If you visit the Trap Free Montana Public Lands website, you’ll see why trapping on our public lands has to end. Please ask where you can sign the petition to put I-169 on the November ballot.