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23 January 2000 Issue

Coalition to Protect Predators
Source: Linda Hatfield, [email protected]

Dedicated to Wolves, Lynx, Grizzly Bears, other Predators and their Habitat, this Coalition has been reestablished to network and join with all organizations that are battling to protect predators and to promote and support those efforts.

Since we established the Gray Wolf Coalition, it has become increasingly obvious that our efforts to protect the wolf were confronting many of the same problems, attitudes, threats, and excuses that were being used to persecute other predators. Several species now seem to be targeted for assault and persecution. We see a growing need to join forces in solidarity against the Animal Damage Control Program (Wildlife Services), increased trapping, and bad management by government agencies.

This Coalition is not designed to replace existing predator groups. We welcome your opinions and rely on your expertise.

After the offensive positions taken against the wolf by the Minnesota State Legislature, revealed their lack of will to properly provide for stewardship of the wolf, and after the violation by ranchers proved the Round table nonproductive, we determined that we need to take a harder stand. Deals cannot be made that allow for the 365 day open season on wolves by landowners. Deals cannot be made that promote the reduction of the population to the arbitrary "recovery" figure of 1450 when that unnecessary goal will allow for the killing of over 1000 wolves. State and Federal governmental forces are apparently not going to abide by the spirit of the Endangered Species Act in their efforts to delist the wolf. The threats against returning the wolf to State management are grave. No group working for the wolf or predators should take comfort in what is happening in Minnesota. We are merely the first in line targeted to lose protection for our wolves. Already Western recovery goals are being manipulated under political pressures.

PLEASE SEND A REPLY E-MAIL TO me at [email protected] and to [email protected], if you intend to remain a part of our Coalition, or if your group is joining our coalition this year. Your group is not obligated in any legal or financial way when joining this coalition ... by joining you are stating that you support the position statements and you support the survival of the Great Lake Wolves. If you have any questions you may also call me Karlyn Berg at 218-245-3049 or Linda Hatfield at 612-822-2720. For the sake of Minnesota's wolves we hope we hear from you. Please forward to other groups that you think would like to join.

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