What is the Spitfire Fund?
Speaking for the Majority
Millions of people visit Yellowstone National Park each year to see wolves and bears in their natural habitat. The killing of now two famous wolves from the same pack, 06 and her daughter Spitfire, have shocked and stunned the world over. Hundreds of thousands of people had seen both of these wolves first-hand and are heartbroken that they are now dead at the hands of humans. Killed just over the boundary of Yellowstone National Park, in Montana, people are outraged and want the killing to stop. We will attend government meetings and continue to demand that officials listen to the desires of the majority of citizens who want the discontinuation of hunting of predators statewide.
Show government agencies that you stand against trophy hunting of wolves and all our Wyoming wildlife. Trophy hunting has no place in modern wildlife management. Killing for the sake of killing is unacceptable in our society and is opposed by a vast majority of the American public. WWA will be hosting a protest against trophy hunting on January 12, 2019. Protest will be on the town square from 11am – 1pm in Jackson.
We have successfully placed several billboards around the National Parks to educate visitors on the grizzly bear hunt, we will now do the same with the Spitfire campaign. Billboards will be placed to let visitors who love wildlife know that the wolf they see in Yellowstone National Park today could be a taxidermied trophy on a hunter’s wall tomorrow.
How can we get the wildlife management agencies to listen to what the people want?
Our wildlife management agencies are still operating on the principles of the past. There is ample evidence to show that the American public as a whole is transitioning to wildlife watching and away from consumptive uses like hunting. The majority can be silent no longer, we must let the agencies that hold our wildlife in the trust of the public know that the majority of people do not want to see predators killed. We will continue to bring this voice to the state wildlife management agency to let them know the people are demanding change.
No Trophy Hunting.
From 2011 – 2016, numbers of hunters dropped 16% and big game hunters decreased 20%. In the same time period, numbers of wildlife watchers increased 20% by participation and 29% by spending. Hunting is a declining activity and the vast majority of the American public finds trophy hunting abhorrent and archaic. Wolves are not vermin, they are not a pest to be eradicated, and they are certainly not a trophy to be hung on a wall. The sport hunting of predators disrupts the balance of the ecosystem as we have seen how natural processes have been restored to Yellowstone National Park with the reintroduction of wolves and the protection of grizzly bears. Trophy hunting is not acceptable in our modern society.