World’s first Carnivore Conservation Act!

Original description of the act: This act is a major event. I believe that Louise and I crafted the world’s first Carnivore Conservation Act. While this is intended for MA, we hope that it is eventually made into a national act, similar to how Raptors and Eagles are protected by special legislation. We are in the early stages and need help with legislators and other people to get the ball rolling on this.

Note: The CC Act was revised June 2014 to include a “Carnivore Conservation Stamp” for non-hunters and wildlife watchers to be able to purchase (section 3.d) and it defines where the funds for 3.d (carnivore stamp) and 3.c (Carnivore Hunting Tag) are dedicated. Secondly, we add an important term in section 3.f called “harvest threshold” that is aimed at preserving the natural social organization and population stability of each carnivore species. Lastly, we revised 3.i to make the act more palatable and fair for farmers. We really like the additions to this version as it allows non-hunters to put their money where their mouths are to help support carnivore conservation and assist livestock and pet owners with preventing depredations. 

Update: December 31, 2014: We are still seeking legislative support for this initiative but various groups recently wrote to Cape Cod National Seashore to ban predator/carnivore hunting on the 45,000 acre refuge which amazingly still allows it. So there is some movement on aspects of this act. Also, since the posting of this page we have learned that the European Union established carnivore protections in Europe in the 1990s with remarkable success even in an area that has many more people (popular article here and here; scientific article here). Thus, it would be more apt to call thisNorth America’s first Carnivore Conservation Actas we are way behind European counties in carnivore conservation despite the vaunted “North American Model of Wildlife Conservation” being taunted as the world’s most effective wildlife management system; I think most carnivores would disagree. I keep the original title and link above to not destroy this link that people may have already used to navigate to this site.

Kane, L., and J.G. Way. 2014. Carnivore Conservation Act of Massachusetts. Revised version June 2014 (original version July 2013). 21 pages.URL:

About Jonathan Way

Jonathan (Jon) Way has a B.S. (UMass Amherst), M.S. (UConn Storrs), and doctorate (Boston College) related to the study of eastern coyotes/coywolves. He is the author of 2 books: 1) Suburban Howls, an account of his experiences studying eastern coyotes in Massachusetts, and 2) My Yellowstone Experience, which details – in full color – the spectacular wildlife, scenery, and hydrothermal features that can be found in the world’s first national park. Jon founded and runs an organization, Eastern Coyote/Coywolf Research, where he is continuing his goal of long-term ecological and behavioral research on coywolves. He also supplements his research with regular trips to Yellowstone National Park. He is seeking a publisher for a 3rd book project of his: "Coywolf".
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