A Montana man says he was able to collect 200 dollars in a matter of hours holding up a sign on the side of the road, but the generosity isn’t going to what you might think: The man’s collecting money for the wolf hunt.
“We figure we would give hunters an incentive to get back out there and chase an animal that’s not going to fill your freezer,” said Jason Maxwell, who created a cardboard sign that reads “I have a job, but I am taking donations to buy hunters wolf tags.”
Maxwell says he got the idea for the sign after reading that most hunters end up nabbing a wolf while they were out hunting for something else. After their second day of collecting funds, he says he and his girlfriend had about 200 dollars.
“It shows that there are people out there who are after the same cause that we are,” said Maxwell.
Maxwell says he and his girlfriend will sporadically collect donations until the wolf season kicks off in September. People can go to a face book page he set up, and “like” a specific post to be entered into a drawing to have a payment for a wolf tag reimbursed.
Maxwell knows opinions about wolves are mixed. Opponents of the wolf hunt in Montana argue that humans are essentially living in the wolves’ natural habitat, and some argue that wolf populations haven’t recovered enough to justify hunting as a part of wolf management.
NBC Montana spoke with several people in downtown Missoula on Saturday, who oppose the wolf hunt.
“I’m mostly against it,” said Missoula resident Tyler Prouty. “People say that wolves kill a lot of farm animals and stuff, and statistically, that’s actually not true, at least not from what I’ve read. So, I just think that it’s ridiculous that people like to hunt wolves. They’re beautiful animals.”