Contempt for the Michigan voter: another wolf hunting bill on the governor’s desk

Editor:
Believe it or not, another wolf hunting bill, SB 1187, has just been rushed through the Michigan Legislature and is heading to the governor’s desk. This is after voters overturned two previous wolf hunting laws, by wide margins, in Michigan’s 2014 general election. And, this is after the state Court of Appeals, three weeks ago, declared unconstitutional a third wolf hunting law that was passed in an effort to override the vote of the people. And again, this is after a federal judge put the Great Lakes grey wolves back on the Endangered Species List.

Please call Gov. Rick Snyder as soon as possible at 517-335-7858. Let him know that it is unconscionable that this bill, SB 1187, was even introduced, much less voted on, when the voting majority of Michigan citizens have already said no to wolf hunting, and no to giving authority to designate game species to the unelected Natural Resources Commission, whose decisions cannot be overturned by our votes.

The science-driven Detroit Zoo is also asking people to call the governor. With only an estimated 618 wolves remaining in the state, there is no scientific justification for hunting and trapping them for recreation, and reducing this small population of wolves even further. Please let Governor Snyder know, that the people of our state have spoken loud and clear: no to a wolf hunt and no giving away our voting rights to political appointees. Please respect the wishes of your citizens and veto SB 1187.

Anne Honhart
Birmingham