120 wolves have been killed since August 30th in Idaho’s 2012/13 Wolf Hunt. 379 Idaho Wolves were killed during the 2011/12 Season. How long can this go on? The state is required to preserve 100 wolves or 10 breeding pairs- only a struggling remnant population in our eyes- in order to be allowed to continue managing Idaho’s wolves. Idaho wolf hunt has escalated each year, adding trapping, adding private land hunts, extending seasons, and now they are considering allowing Outfitters to guide clients in wolf trapping. Idaho Fish & Game has even gone so far as to allow skinned wolf carcasses be used as an attractant to hunt other wolves. It’s a living nightmare here.
The Gray Wolf MUST be returned to protection of the ESA, and out of the hands of brutal state management, which panders to small special interest groups and do NOT base their decisions on Science!
Visit these links to sign petitions asking for the return America’s wolves to Federal Protection:
“We, the people of the United States of America, supported the Endangered Species Act (ESA) which protected animals through a legitimate scientific process. That process was upheld and protected via the courts. The rider that stripped wolves from the ESA is unpatriotic, was not supported by most Americans, caves in to special lobbying anti wolf extremists, and is unscientific. It is outrageous that the rider that stripped wolves of their ESA protections went against public support, the courts, and the intent of Congress in implementing the ESA. It is extremely disturbing that the rider also prevents any review by the courts of the so-called “wolf management plans” that are calling for killing up to 60% of our wolves in the first year. It is disgusting that these animals will be trapped, poisoned and shot on sight, even in our national wild lands. I call on our Congress to rescind the ESA rider and to restore wolves to their rightful place on the Endangered Species List.” By Louise Kane
“President Obama and his Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, a Colorado rancher, have adopted unjust and heartless “tea party” policies towards America’s wolves. And the U.S. Congress is equally guilty in this ecological and ethical injustice. Wolves are highly intelligent, native, and vital natural predators that belong on the land. Too many brutish ranchers and misguided hunters have unfairly demonized and maligned wolves for centuries. An American majority wants an end to demonization and massacre of America’s wolves and other native wildlife. ” By Robert Goldman