My name is Meg Moen. I am not in your
district, but I am writing to you today because of your legislation that
legalized wolf slaughter in our state.
I am greatly disturbed by this law. It nauseates me. I'm not sure if you are aware of
not only how important wolves are to our ecosystem, but how close they've
come to extinction in our lifetime. I know that you are bound to your rigid conservative ideology and controlled by
money and special interests, but there
comes a time when we must be adults and do what is right.
you consider people who are against your law, people who respect
Wisconsin's wonderful wildlife and outdoors like the Humane Society of the United States, "radical" (which is beyond
ridiculous and falls into laughable) but I think it's time you sincerely take a look at the hard
scientific data, and reverse course on what is bound to be a tragic
outcome for a species that is already in danger of going extinct. Wolves have been on and off protected species lists since 1979. It has taken from then until now for their numbers to grow. This months hunt has killed near 200 wolves. If we keep this up, it's only a matter of time until the Timber wolf is gone for good. In doing away with this law, we should be strengthening penalties on hunters who kill wolves illegally, as there were 15 illegal wolf killings in 2010, and to hunters who taunt, tease, and inhumanely capture wolves and hold them in captivity.
What really sickens me about this as much as the kill itself, is the show of blatant disrespect you, Scott Walker and the rest of the GOP have shown towards Native Americans who have been asking the Walker administration to think twice about this. Wolves are an integral part of Native American culture and beliefs, yet, instead of respecting those beliefs, you toss them aside and do what you want. We saw this during the mining debate last year. It's the utmost in impudence.
I am very sincere in my words here. I am hoping that as a tax payer of this state, you'll listen to me and the plethora of other outraged Wisconsin residents. Please give real thought to the excruciating consequences this assault on the wolf species will have. So many worked so hard for so long to ensure that wolves had a safe place to live so they could bring up their numbers. We cannot regress now. Wolves are too important to Wisconsin. They are an important piece of Northern Wisconsin and they are so important to Native Americans. We need to continue to make progress, not regress. We don't want wolves back on the endangered species list.
To everyone who might not have signed my petition yet urging Scott Walker and Cathy Stepp to end this hunt, you can do so here. Please share it with everyone you know!