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14 February 2014, 12:59 PM
Idaho leads the nation in open hatred for wolves, pursuit of wolf killing
A gray wolf peers out from between the birch trees. (Holly Kuchera / Shutterstock)

State officials and some groups in Idaho are continuing their relentless persecution of the gray wolf, with almost 250 wolves killed so far during the 2013-14 season alone. This week, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game released its predator management plan for the Middle Fork area of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. The plan details IDFG’s intentions to reduce the wolf population in that area by 60 percent through several years of professional hunting and trapping efforts to inflate the local elk population.

In a related action, on Friday Earthjustice was back in court seeking to permanently halt Idaho’s wolf killing program in central Idaho’s Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.

In December, the IDFG—with support from the U.S. Forest Service—sent a hunter/trapper into the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness to exterminate two wolf packs. Earthjustice filed an emergency motion asking the Ninth Circuit to preserve the wolves targeted by IDFG’s program and to protect these wolves’ vital contribution to the wilderness character of the largest forested wilderness in the lower-48 states.

The IDFG temporarily halted the professional hunter/trapper’s work until the end of the state’s fiscal year. While IDFG claimed to have exterminated the two packs, the agency does not know how many wolves existed in the remote location occupied by the two packs before the state’s killing program. Based on first-hand reports about the wolf population in the area, it appears likely that some members of the targeted wolf packs survived IDFG’s program—for now. Our court case continues to ensure that this wolf killing deep in Idaho’s wilderness is halted for good.

Wolf tracks. (Pi-Lens / Shutterstock)Wolf tracks. (Pi-Lens / Shutterstock)

In other troubling Idaho news, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter announced a proposal for $2 million in “startup funds” for “wolf population control” in that state. That’s state taxpayer money from the general fund to subsidize wolf killing in the interest of private ranchers and some commercial hunting outfitters and recreational hunters.

According to Idaho state senator Jeff Siddoway—himself an Idaho rancher—the fund will “allow more people to go out and actually do the [wolf] hunting and trapping. It’ll finance that. Some of the work may be done aerially either by fixed-wing (aircraft) or helicopter, depending on the terrain.”

Not to be outdone by their state government, an Idaho group of Idaho elk hunters hasve formed essentially a wolf-trapping co-op to incentivize people to trap wolves. The group works like this: for a $35 membership fee, people can join the group. If a member then successfully traps a wolf, he/she can submit expenses and be reimbursed up to $500 per wolf.

According to reports, last year this group wrote 22 checks for $500 each to people who killed wolves during the trapping season. Among this groups’ board members is a former Idaho Fish and Game commissioner and elk hunter who had this to say about the group’s efforts: “I think for $35 a year I can afford to pay a trapper to go and trap wolves for my benefit. It’s an expense fee. It’s an enticement to get hunters and trappers out there, and it’s working.”

Nationally, the fate of the gray wolf remains in the hands of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has proposed removing all federal protections for gray wolves in the lower-48 states except for a very small population of Mexican wolves in the Southwest. Earthjustice and our partners have been working hard to convince the FWS to reverse course, arguing that this proposal would be devastating for wolf recovery in the United States. Nearly 80,000 Earthjustice activists have also weighed in with the FWS to oppose the national delisting plan as part of nearly 1 million combined total comments in opposition to the proposal.

But we do have some good news to report on the FWS national delisting plan: Last Friday an independent peer review panel asked by FWS to review the science behind the national delisting proposal released its findings. This independent science panel found unanimously that FWS’s proposed national delisting rule does not represent the “best available science.” This report is very significant because the Endangered Species Act mandates that the best available science be used and considered when listing or delisting a species. The FWS has reopened the comment period on its national wolf delisting proposal in light of the independent scientists’ findings—so more to come.

We’ll continue the fight to protect wolves in the wilderness of Idaho and across the lower-48 states. Wolves still very much need federal protections to guard them from extreme anti-wolf policies such as those developing in Idaho.

Human beings seem to be the source of all the problems, and the rest of the animals are the victims of human stupidity. We have so much to learn from the wolves. What evolved creatures! It appears that all around us other animals are continuing to evolve, while human beings are moving in the other direction. I've never understood how killing a beautiful, wild animal could give someone pleasure?! Hunters need rehab for their addiction - maybe someday it will be seen as a disease.

There is no need to kill wolves or any wild life for that matter. Leave the elk to wolves to eat and make the hunters learn how to shop for their food like normal Americans. Stop making legislation that hurts our country. We need wild life, we need our forest, we need clean water. Stop drilling in Alaska, Stop cutting down trees, repopulate abandoned towns and stop killing wolves and other wild life, It's wrong plain and simple.

KNOCK IT OFF !

we really should stop using gmo idaho potato and their other products.It's medieval and barbaric to trap animals (trapping is legal in idaho), gas them...
the state doesn't have money, except for wolves "management" !!??

the Idaho moto “To protect Idaho's hunting and fishing heritage. To fight against all legal and legislative attempts by the animal rights and anti-gun organizations who are attempting to take away our rights and freedoms under the constitution of the United States Of America. To hold all Government and State Agencies who are stewards of our Wildlife accountable and ensure that science is used as the primary role for our Wildlife management."

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Wolves are a necessity to the food chain of animals. They are the predators that keep elks and other prey and line, in turn so their prey do not consume too much of the environment leaving it dry. Their slaughtering will not aid anyone, thus they must be protected. For the food chain is a natural is a natural way for nature to keep itself balanced. We must not interfere with this balance. Let us not harm the species there, and let nature work its course.

I couldn't have said it better you said everything I was thinking LET NATURE WORK ITS COURSE!!!

I want to thank you Earth Justice for your support. I give a monthly contribution to you which is a small amount compared to what it costs to pay a lawyer. I am so grateful for all your efforts and glad you are working for the environment. I proudly carry my earthjustice bag to the grocery store in an effort to raise awareness. This issue is deep to my heart. I have been contributing directly to other environmental charities but when I found out you were the ones spearheading the court battles I wanted to contribute to you directly as well.
Keep up the good fight.
Thank you

What Idaho and the infamous Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter are undertaking is infamous! Is there anyway to remove all wolves from the state of Idaho? Are there any wilderness environments friendlier than those in Idaho? Let the Idaho wilderness be overrun by elk and see what the repercussions will be. These wildernesses were there long before we humans arrived and created havoc with the natural balance of life. This state and its governor are stupid!!

Otter should take the 2 million dollars and put it into the schools and stop killing and encouraging the killing of wolves

This is inhumane and not necessary. This is an attack on wolves to JUSTIFY ELK HUNTING!!! and by no means embraces our Circle of Life...

I certainly agree that this state and it's governor are not only stupid but incredibly self-serving and disrespectful to the environment and all the living creatures that have a right to live their lives, as well as we do. Wake up before it is too late and we destroy ourselves in the process of destroying G-d's creatures.

I certainly agree that this state and it's governor are not only stupid but incredibly self-serving and disrespectful to the environment and all the living creatures that have a right to live their lives, as well as we do. Wake up before it is too late and we destroy ourselves in the process of destroying G-d's creatures.

I was just thinking the same thing. Is there any way to remove (and I don't mean kill) the wolves to areas that would respect them. If Idaho is so determined to exterminate them it's going to be an on-going battle. How about taking the funds necessary to constantly fight this issue and move the wolves? I think it's a serious option, although I don't underestimate the extent of it. As the previous submitter said - This state and it's governor are stupid. I'm sure they would fight it because this would eliminate the "sport" aspect. But then they would have all those elk...

This scenario is a tragedy. The systematic killing of animals for special interest groups such as private hunters and the ranching industry is totallly without merit nor justification. It is another example of how special interest groups have gained exagerrated influence, power and control over government policies.

The wolf is not a threat to man; man is a threat to the wolf and other wild animals. They are territorial animals, and when their territory is taken over by modern man's agricultural and other related practices, they may attack livestock. The more territory that is taken from the wolf, the more likely that this occur.

Zoos should help out in this situation and create and designate areas of wilderness (not many left today) for threatened and endangered species such as the wolf. Wild animals have a right to be and live in the wild in their state without fear of attacks from man the NRA.

In conclusion, it is interesting to note that the native American Indian lived off the land and hunted wild animals only to feed himself and his family. Having stated the aforementioned, there were periods in which early overkilled specific species of animals; however, compared to what is going on in Idaho it was not deliberate nor intended to EXTERMINATE a targeted species.

Unbelievable................

Sadly, hatred toward wolves is all too believable. One sees this in US Fish and Wildlife Agency's hearings on wolf-delisting, such as occurred in Sacramento on 11/22/13. Between some ranchers' belief that the return of wolves to CA would doom their cattle herds and a mother's song warning how she would take up arms if a wolf threatened her child, one can see how ancient phobias and cheap, mindless stock management practices (e.g. "open range") fuel this killing. Then come the hunters who just enjoy killing or don't want competition from other predators.

In other words, wolf protection and restoration, like freedom, involves constant struggle.

In addition to your observations of the Sacramento hearing, there was the elk conservationist who, after his speaking time was up, told the USFWS reps that his group PAYS to conserve the elk. He repeated himself while staring at the reps. If that wasn't blatent enough I don't know what is.

Who wants the most to have elk farm: Virgil Moore (he was killig before wolves in Oregon), butch himself and many, many residents of idaho whose big concern hunting and killing.
The Idaho's moto “To protect Idaho's hunting and fishing heritage. To fight against all legal and legislative attempts by the animal rights and anti-gun organizations who are attempting to take away our rights and freedoms under the constitution of the United States Of America. To hold all Government and State Agencies who are stewards of our Wildlife accountable and ensure that science is used as the primary role for our Wildlife management."

when are the so called humans in this world going to smarten up
the animals are far superior then us
they aren't the ones destroying this earth MAN IS
God put us all here to take care of one another
WE are suppose to love and take care of ALL of GODS CREATURES big and small
Get a clue and STOP this insane behavior

I've come to realize through the years that man is the worse plague that ever hit the Earth!

when are the so called humans in this world going to smarten up
the animals are far superior then us
they aren't the ones destroying this earth MAN IS
God put us all here to take care of one another
WE are suppose to love and take care of ALL of GODS CREATURES big and small
Get a clue and STOP this insane behavior

when are the so called humans in this world going to smarten up
the animals are far superior then us
they aren't the ones destroying this earth MAN IS
God put us all here to take care of one another
WE are suppose to love and take care of ALL of GODS CREATURES big and small
Get a clue and STOP this insane behavior

Greed, ignorance , very low IQ plus primitive hunting instinct and huge ego - I wouldn't call them people, rather enemies of our already wounded planet . They should be stop before they start killing.

When I was a very young girl I happened to walk by our garage and saw my father and brother gutting a deer hanging on a hook. He made my brothers help and tried to get them into shooting birds, especially pheasants. Every time we had to eat some of the meat, I would cry but I still had to eat it. Some of the meat still had buckshot in it and a crunch on that would be so horrible to think of the way they died. We were a large family but we did not need this to survive on.
I have 7 brothers and not one of them ever hunts. Seeing the blood and guns, they knew it was wrong.

STOP IT BEFORE IT STARTS!!!

I think that the relentless genocide of wolves in this country is shameful. Wolves are a natural part of the ecosystem, and necessary to the balance of nature. Wolves would cull out the sick, old and starving deer population in this country - and I think that's the problem. I think that the government wants the deer population to be high so they can continue to make money from the hunting tags that are sold.
But, wolves also keep vermin under control. They would keep the population of prairie dogs and other pests under control, so that we would not have to poison them - another problem altogether.
I would love to be able to tell my children and grandchildren that my generation was responsible for bringing wolves back to the American wilderness. I'd like to be able to tell them that my generation stopped the destruction of the balance of all life in our beautiful country.

The Killing of these animals needs to STOP, after all they were here first you know, learn from them not Kill them, STOP it NOW !!!!

I really think it's time to start hunting season on human hunters. How about a homo sapiens season, with cheap tags for sale? Seriously, we need to do something drastic.

There are too many of us and some misguided humans are wantonly, ignorantly, selfishly and wrongfully slaughtering other animals. And for "fun". They are teaching our young that it's OK and FUN to kill.

Seriously, more political (and perhaps legal) actions could be to go after the hunters and ranchers for lots of $$$ in fees for rights to use our public lands. A small minority of people gain a lot (their profits) from use of our lands, don't pay us for it, and somehow feel they also have the right to kill off and deplete resources on OUR lands for their priorities/views.

I've spent lots of time in Idaho since 1996, owning property, vacationing, and operating a business there and note: there are plenty of elk. I easily photographed lots of them last Spring, in/around town. The hunters assertion that the wolves are harming the elk herds significantly are just wrong.

The few wolves left after Idaho's mass slaughters during the past two years do scatter elk in the woods and wilderness. But there are plenty of elk, perhaps too many. It just requires a little more skill for human hunters to find and kill their elk. I'm not at all sympathetic with trophy hunters. And those good hunters who kill for food for their family (and only that) have no problem getting an elk.

The wolves keep the elk herds healthy. Wolves take the old, young and sick. It's human trophy hunters who target the largest, healthy elk with big racks - when such elk should be left to propagate their species! We need to publicize this a lot more.

And... there are NO verified, documented attacks on humans by wolves in the lowr 48 U.S. states, in the history of our country. Wild wolves are shy, omnivorous (like us) and target their natural wild foods.

I hope all of you reading this will take up the cause to communicate with reps, friends and family to stop this unreasonable, ignorant attack on our wildlife - wolves, bears, birds and other species being killed for fun and trophies. It will take a very large Village to do.

Throw a few of the pro-hunting politicians in with the hunters and maybe I'll join in the hunt--ridding the earth of vermin!

I think you are "right on"...Maybe some brave person will target the cowards in the helicopters as well the pathetic hunters on the ground...I think "hunting season for hunters" is a good idea...........

Good for you! I wish I had been able to write something as short, true, concised and well-presented. The wolf slaughter makes my heart ache, while the act itself makes me so angry I shake. It's time to educate these ignoramuses that wolves are nature's way of maintaining healthy deer, elk, moose, rabbits, etc. in our environment. Your comment re trophy hunters is right on. These people should not be allowed to own guns, let alone to hunt. They are not hunters with their high power scopes and rifles that allow them to kill at great distances, or sit in blinds up in trees and wait until an unsuspecting victim comes within sight. These so-called 'macho' males should spend more time being good parents and helping their communities. And there are a few women in that category also - they want to compete with the men and show how tough they are while not caring what effect they have on their children. Thank you for your comments. They are right on and right on time.

You could not have said it any better! Where can I purchase a grip of "human tags" and 'bring on the season' for hunting these idiots. I've never hunted, but their lack of responsibility and basic empathy for the animals brings out the best in me; I want to ensure survival of the animals, so I believe I should be able to cull the heard of idiot/bad humans...there's too many types to count.

Shameless! That's how this red neck hunters and Idaho Governor are. The Dept of Fish and Wildlife are making a bad call by delisting the wolves. Apparently, the DFW is favoring or shall I say supporting the Idaho governor and it's elk hunting population of red necks than the preservation of wildlife. It breaks my heart to see how the wolves are mistreated. These beaurtiful animals has done nothings wrong.

I don't agree to reducing the number of wolves in the wild. They should be left alone in the wild to roam freely and live. Because that's where they belong. Wolves has been suffering for a long time. And it's time for us to stand up and give these beautiful and majestic creature a voice.

I hope DFW changes its plan in favor of the wolves before it's too late.

So people move to the wilderness and they don't expect wildlife to be there and the wildlife was there long before we were but somehow people think they arecalmighty and that everything is there's well news flash to all the idiots that think that way ur not every animal has just as much right to live as people do Sun-Times I would say the animal has more of that right than some people do. This is wrong snd this is why people are evil and ever stop to think the human population is the problem!!! People are so ignorant!!! I cant stand these type of people as far as I'm concerned people that think like this have no right to be on earth if you don't respect all life why should your life be respected. Wolves are so scared of people they eontveven come near them. This issue is due to the ignorance of humans!!!

I have chronic back problems and my pain level is much decreased in Idaho. My husband and I have discussed retiring in ID but I just cannot handle the cruelty towards wolves, which would probably negate any positive relief from my pain, so I guess we will stay in MN, We visited ID last spring and I was sickened by seeing a wolf's body on the sidewalk, in a small town, coming back from McCall to Boise, with President Obama's head with devil horns on it,made from papier mache'. The wolf had been decapitated. I did not read the sign, by this poor wolf, I was crying so hard. I swear to you that what I have just written is the truth.

You saw that wolf caricature of Obama in Cambridge, ID, in front of a pawn shop. It's not cool, it's cruel.

I dont understand how people could do these kinds of thigs to any animal some times I wonder who are the animals us or them the wolf has a right to live they have been here longer than us it seems to me that a lot of people have no compassion any more.

I am so sorry for the pain you suffer, and for this horrific event you witnessed. I have wanted to visit Idaho to seen its natural beauty for years, but I refuse to go because of the ugliness - until they straighten up their act and stop the wolf-hating and wolf-killing.

I'm praying that cooler and more compassionate heads will prevail, and that in the near future, both of us will feel we can go to Idaho.

Take care.

Jennifer

Dear Jennifer, thank you for your concern. You are right, there is so much ugliness and hatred there for wolves. It is such a beautiful state, but there are so many narrow minded people there. However, I did speak with a couple of ladies out there that feel it is disgraceful the way wolves are being brutalized, so there is some hope. I pray for the wildlife.

Dear Jennifer, thank you for your concern. You are right, there is so much ugliness and hatred there for wolves. It is such a beautiful state, but there are so many narrow minded people there. However, I did speak with a couple of ladies out there that feel it is disgraceful the way wolves are being brutalized, so there is some hope. I pray for the wildlife.

I will do what it takes to save these wonderful creatures

For all we know wolves may have once helped us survive . Now we kill them. Shame. Especially since most truly wild wolves won't attack people. If anything it's when dogs interbreed with wild wolves that you get a dangerous canine because of their lack of fear and strong prey drives. Wolves are no more evil than mountain lions or any other carnivore.just because they happen be to good at it Isnt their fault, and , for all we know, they might have helped us hunt in the ancient past. I think this is rather horrid. It does in fact seem to be a money issue, buy a license and some guns, go,out and shoot wolves so you can shoot,more elk. Which to,be honest , elks just stand there eating. So let's kill the competition so,we can play daniel Boone and the Indians, only these guys are event trying to feed themselves, they just wanna suit up with some boom sticks , some booze, and go kill some shit. Yee haw.

Our planet would be a better place to live
on without all the puny-packaged redneck
trophy hunters and trappers,
along with their pinko-Nazi Fascist
SSS political and bureaucratic henchmen!!!

I say let's rise up,take to the streets, start a revolution and
overthrow Gov. Otter, Idaho's F&G, and their SSS henchmen,
bring them to justice, prosecute, convict and sentence them
to life in prison or execution for their crimes against Nature,
political corruption, and high treason!

Any products that come from Idaho should be taken
off the shelves and destroyed and BOYCOTT THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY!!
I'm calling for an embargo of ALL products that come from Idaho!!

We can start by not buying potatoes or any other crop produced in Idaho. I'm dealing with health and legal issues, but someone could start gathering the names of the corporations based in that state and list the products and services they market.

The message has to be loud (in terms of responses from people) and clear in the intentions: bring their economy down unless they stop this massacre against wild creatures in the habitat that's been their own for centuries. These creature have more morals than these men-predators.

The biggest corporation against wolves and living is: J.R. Simplot. Our governor married his daughter years ago and then divorced her after he had gained entry into their massive holdings. JR is involved with Micron, HP, and the phosphate industry, Roundup, GMOs and Monsanto seeds and GMO distribution and licensing.
HP is another Idaho favorite that receives great support from our legislators and government. Idaho is a fascist run government run by the corporations and then the agriculture industries. Jeff Siddoway receives large subsidies from the federal programs and then grazes thousands of sheep on public ground for little or nothing, and then leads the Idaho senate to pass ridiculous bills to control the wolves and kill them off because he can't turn his thousands of sheep out on public property without a herder to kill the wolves. And he leads the charge to kill off the wolves in Idaho.

http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/how-wolves-change-rivers/

Watch video "How Wolves Change Rivers" <3

Great video...I think I saw this on Nation Geographic...I sent it on to a bunch of people...Everyone should watch this.........

Please stop the senseless slaughter of these beautiful animals!

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