The following is being reposted due to its overwhelming demand. It is my hope that someone, if not everyone take action to protect the Wolverine let alone the Polar Bears and other animals of importance to nature. Thee article has NOT been altered in any way.
On Friday I was simply channel surfing on my television when I caught grown men taking part in the most gruesome act one could think of: they trapped and murdered a wolverine with a mere pistol at close range. At they end you could hear the men say that the wolverines coat would bring around four hundred dollars, which makes this act nothing more than a senseless act of what I would classify as pure murder.
Why is this so sad? The only known wolverines in the state of Michigan is now in the Detroit Zoo in Oakland County Michigan. As far as the Department of Natural Resources now knows the wild population in the state is at zero.
You, as a reader, may disagree with me on this but here is how I see it: The Wolverines population is rapidly declining. Some of it is due in part to senseless acts as mentioned above. Thus, this animal known as a Wolverine should be protected and helped so its populations can increase.
Why the people who shot that television series allowed the above mentioned situation to transpire is beyond myself unless they were as greedy as the killers of that poor creature.
What can you do to help? I think the best thing first is education. Next Some Wolverines need to be transplanted into areas where the population is down. Next would be to impose hefty fines for anyone in the United States and Canada who hunt and trap these animals for a time frame of two hundred to three hundred years; by this time frame perhaps the creature should have time to increase its populations. Then lastly, impose hefty fines on those who accept Wolverine furs as any form of payment.
It is past time that the people take a little effort and protect what we have around and about us. Think about this: what would the killers of a mere wolverine want to kill next for a few dollars?
Help protect not only the Wolverines of today but of those for ages to come. Let us not allow another Wolverine to be killed for ages to come!
Links of importance:
- Science Daily
- 1st Michigan Wolverine Spotted in 200 years
- Endangered Species
- Wildlife Conservation Society
Reference of Importance
The following is an except from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolverine
The wolverine, pronounced /ˈwʊlvəriːn/, Gulo gulo (Gulo is Latin for “glutton”), also referred to as glutton, carcajou, skunk bear, or quickhatch, is the largest land-dwelling species of the family Mustelidae (weasels). It is a stocky and muscular carnivore, more closely resembling a small bear than other mustelids. The wolverine has a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size, with the documented ability to kill prey many times its size.
The wolverine can be found primarily in remote reaches of the Northern boreal forests and subarctic and alpine tundra of the Northern hemisphere, with the greatest numbers in northern Canada, the U.S. state of Alaska, the Nordic countries of Europe, and throughout western Russia and Siberia. Their populations have experienced a steady decline since the 19th century in the face of trapping, range reduction and habitat fragmentation, such that they are essentially absent in the southern end of their European range. It is, however, estimated that large populations remain in North America and northern Asia. Wolverines are solitary animals.
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