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Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up

Wolf Advocates Outnumber Anti-wolf Extremists at Monday’s Hearing on Gov. Otter’s Wolf Control Board: Legislation to authorize Gov. Otter’s wolf control board continued to work its way through the state legislature this week as an Idaho House Committee took the issue up on Monday. Defenders and other groups organized local supporters to testify against this legislation at the hearing and turnout was amazing! For the first time, the number of wolf supporters exceeded the number of anti-wolf supporters as the committee heard compelling testimony from hunters, scientists, wolf friendly agricultural folks, and even a county commissioner who told the Committee they should not be “implementing a 19th century solution to a 21st century conflict.”

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The bill sponsors stated to local media that their goal is to use this funding to drive Idaho’s wolf population down as low as 150 from a current population of 500 – 600 wolves. Defenders continues to explain to state officials that there are much more cost effective and non-lethal ways to manage wolves like some of the coexistence projects we’ve pioneered, including the Wood River Wolf Project in Idaho. This project has successfully protected more than 25,000 sheep annually grazing on the Sawtooth National Forest, losing fewer  than 25 sheep total over the last 6 years – without having to kill a single wolf in the project area. Here are a few statements Suzanne Stone, Defenders wolf expert and Idaho resident, made last week when the bill gained traction in the House.We expect this bill to move to the House floor for a vote in the coming days before it is moved to the Senate for vote. In other words, now is a critical time for Idahoans to oppose this legislation. Please contact your legislators to oppose House Bill 470.

Yellowstone Park Biologists Say No Monitored Wolves Killed in 2013 : According to an article this week, no collared or monitored wolves tracked by Yellowstone Park’s Wolf Project team were killed  by hunters in 2013. Park officials put a preliminary count on the number of wolves in Yellowstone National Park at 86 – which is an increase of three animals from 2012. So, why the difference between hunting associated deaths from 2010- 2012? This could be partially due to pressure from Yellowstone officials that urged Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to create lower quotas for hunting and trapping around the northern border of the Park. In addition, Wyoming Game and Fish Department reduced its hunting quotas in their trophy zone from 52 in 2012 to 26 in 2013. By reducing hunting quotas, it seems that Montana and Wyoming have given wolves some level of protection from hunters and trappers as they exit the Park’s perimeter. We hope to see Yellowstone’s wolf population remain stable or increase in 2014.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Investigates Dead Wolf in Northern Washington:  On Feb. 9, state agency officials found a radio-collared female wolf from the Smackout pack dead in Stevens County, Washington. Wolves in this part of the state were federally delisted a few years ago, but they are still protected under state endangered species laws and managed by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.  This incident is still under investigation; WDFW said the wolf died under “suspicious circumstances” and investigators are still trying to determine whether a crime was committed.  A final necropsy on the wolf is scheduled for later next week.

Wolf Baiting Proposal for Idaho’s Panhandle?  News surfaced this week about a new proposal by Idaho Fish and Game which would allow outfitters and trappers to bait wolves in Idaho’s panhandle in order to increase kills. This proposal will be the subject of an open house on February 27in Coeur d’Alene from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. PST (Best Western, 506 W. Appleway Ave. Coeur d’ Alene) but the proposal will require action by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the state legislature before it could be implemented.

12 Responses to “Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up”

  1. tom van lear

    the only time an animal including man goes wild is if it is hunted. Just when things start getting back to normal. Someone wants to stir things up again. Animals are no different than man an easy meal is an easy meal. If man had to work harder for his meal he might just take better care of his livestock. Everything takes a natural balance. What man has done is through that balance off by Over populating livestock. This action just causes their wolf problem. They raise enough to eat they just want money. Most of the time when something scares us we try to avoid it. all animals are the same way. When something tries to kill us we fight back. Animals are the same way. God bless.

  2. Robert Mullen

    Why do the people find the need to hunt wolves. I can see hunting, Deer, Bear, Moose,
    rabbits, etc. as you eat the meat from them, but why wolves, you don’t eat them, so why go out and shoot a wolf, just to kill it. To me this is kind of like an act of violence against
    wolves, and should be stopped.

  3. Jodi

    That there were more wolf activists present at the recent hearing than anti- wolf lovers; Is A Bright Light in this Fight!!
    I cannot be there to stand with you , but I donate OFTEN , I speak to people on the streets and open their eyes and ears to this issue they don’t know about- and i sign petitions , oh Yeah And I pray to the heavenly CROSS for final relisting and Protection for all Wolves throughout the United States and Canada!

  4. jay s. gertz

    One solution is to urge friends and the major environmental groups to stop patronizing products, tourism and advertising from states like Idaho, Montana, Wyoming etc. that continue their decimation of wolf populations. These states support welfare ranchers that use public lands to graze cattle and sheep. BOYCOTT THOSE STATES!!

  5. nina clausen

    stop the hunt and killing of wolves now. They can feel the pain like You and me.
    Stop also leg traps.- That is not fair.-
    Wolves are very social animals and they have a right of living like me and You.
    We do not need their furecoat anymore in 2014

  6. Linda Bjornberg

    The reason they want to kill wolves is to stop the wolves killing elk..They want the elk for hunters to kill for sport,not to be killed by wolves for food.

  7. Melody Fitzpatrick

    It is simple instead of using the money to kill use it to educate. This is a state that finds hunting a better way to teach their kids than books. When you promote killing more than education your children fall behind . Use the money for more important things like your education level that is at 48 out of 50 in the US. Leave mother nature to take care of the animals she has done a way better job than man.

  8. vic

    save tha wolfs.. they gotta survive just like you and me.. they cant just get up and walk to tha fridge!!

  9. Alex Krevitz

    Why is is that the televised media has not depicted the carnage of wolf hunts?.
    Gordon Haber’s coverage of a wolf being shot put a stop to Alaska’s wolf control.
    The televised media was helpful covering the plights of Orcas and the Japanese
    dolphins facing slaughter.ist
    The news must do an expose on the Interior Dept and how Secy Jewell and FWS’s Dan Ashe, are giving free license to hunters to destroy populations of some of America’s most popular wild animals.
    Alex Krevit, MA

  10. Jen

    Wolves have every right to be here and they need to eat too. There are far better solutions than killing off the wolves. If there is an elk shortage , why not have a government, or charity funded elk farm, where they can raise and release more elk and game into the wild. They do that with fish hatcheries why not with elk and game too. It might even create some real jobs.

  11. melissa scott

    you need to deepen their areas with concrete as deep as possible the coyote red coyote all wolf species taller all vaccines test their water

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