In only three weeks, 12,000 people from all over the world have signed the petition to help end the hunting and trapping of wolves in Montana. I looked at other current online wolf petitions and none of them have achieved this kind of success in such a short period of time. Nevertheless, the number of signatures per day are now only a few, despite the support of several wolf organizations and advocacy groups. The online approach can only go so far. Most successful petitions have always involved people who were willing to approach the public in person and collect signatures. This is good news!
I have been contacted by many people from numerous countries who have signed this petition, and they are angry about the killing of wolves and feel they can do more to help. They want to collect signatures on their own, then send them to me. This is a great idea because my goal of 100,000 signatures cannot be met any other way, at least before this fall when hunting season begins. If 1,000 people collect 100 signatures each, we can quickly reach 100,000 signatures! This can really work. So I am offering this opportunity to the whole world. My hope is that humanity will "step up" and choose to have wolves, or there will not be any. The most current science has shown that the loss of wolves and other predators has degraded almost every ecosystem on earth (click here for the latest information).
How you can help
Enclosed are PDFs of the petition and a signature sheet that I created. After downloading (see below), you can print as many copies of each as necessary. Both the petition and the signature sheets have Wolf and Wildlife Studies watermarks to help prevent anyone from tampering with these documents. The instructions at the top of the signature sheet are important. They demonstrate that each signer had the opportunity to understand what was in the petition and the issues involved before they signed. It also lets them know NOT to sign both the printed petition you will be presenting them with and the online petition. Only one or the other.
Because anyone can sign a blank piece of paper, there is no way to tell if this person was given the opportunity to read the petition or not. Therefore, I will only accept signatures written on the watermarked signature sheets. This will help keep the signature process professional and organized. When the sheets are completed, please send them to the address provided at the bottom of each signature sheet: Wolf and Wildlife Studies, 142 1st Avenue E., Kalispell, MT 59901, U. S. A. Because of the sheer number of people involved, I will be unable to pay for postage when you send in the sheets. So thank you for your efforts in support of myself and the wolves. I will present your concerns and demand answers on your behalf when I visit the Governor's Office.
You can download the PDFs for the petition and the signature sheet by using the links below. Control-click on the link if you are using a Macintosh computer, or right-click if you are using a PC:
If you do not have an application to open, read and print PDFs, you can use Adobe Acrobat Reader. It can be downloaded for free from Adobe's web site. Click here.