Does Idaho Want To Shoot Wolves On Sight…Hmmm Sounds Like The Wyoming Plan?

As stated in Idaho Wolf Wars Part 2, the Idaho legislature have their panties in a bunch over wolves. They drafted a resolution asking the governor to declare a state of emergency because wolves are just such a threat.  Of course this is ridiculous but that doesn’t mean they aren’t serious, which is scary.

Wolves are under attack in Idaho. First the leaked IDFG Memo and now the resolution to reduce the wolf population by how much we don’t know. Down to a 100 animals?  It’s anyone’s guess. I at least have a modicum of respect for Wyoming since they didn’t hide the fact they hated wolves and wanted to shoot them on sight in most of the state.  BUT Idaho pretended they were going to be reasonable, good “managers”.  Apparently that has fallen by the wayside and now their true colors and intentions are exposed for all to see. 

I’d be curious to know who’s really behind this lastest salvo against wolves in Idaho but I would have to guess it’s the usual suspects. Shame on Idaho for treating wolves as if they are dangerous terrorists. My question is what sparked the latest attack on wolves? My guess is IDFG was waiting to use (as they like to say) all the tools in their toolbox. God help wolves in Idaho!

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Shoot-on-Sight Wolves?

by Andrew McKean

February 18, 2010

Do bourgeoning wolf populations in the Rockies constitute an emergency that would justify the sort of response states typically reserve for floods, wildfires and other natural disasters?

Or, put another way, might the Idaho National Guard be called out to kill wolves?

That’s one way to read a joint resolution that has been drafted by the Idaho Legislature and could be introduced in the state’s House any day. The legislation, HCR043, calls for the governor “to declare that a state of emergency exists in Idaho” due to the “unnecessarily large number of wolves” in the state. Further, the law would require the state’s Fish and Game Department to “use any means” to reduce Idaho’s wolf population to the numbers adequate for recovery of the previously endangered species.

It’s a high-profile call to action by a growing number of anti-wolf activists in the state. This loose coalition of hunters, outfitters, landowners and wildlife advocates has become so frustrated with the growing number of reintroduced wolves, and what they claim are rules that hamstring effective management of the predators, that the legislative big stick is one of the few tools left to them. 

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Here is the resolution calling for a state of emergency against wolves.  I thought I’d seen it all but apparently this is one more tool in their toolbox, as they like to say.  Disgusting!!

LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO
Sixtieth Legislature Second Regular Session 2010

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 43
BY RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION COMMITTEE

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
STATING FINDINGS OF THE LEGISLATURE THAT EXISTING CONDITIONS RELATING TO WOLVES DEFINE AN EMERGENCY CONDITION FOR ALL RURAL IDAHOANS AND, IN THE FACE OF THIS EMERGENCY, THE LEGISLATURE ENCOURAGES THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF IDAHO TO DECLARE THAT A STATE OF EMERGENCY EXISTS IN IDAHO AND TO AUTHORIZE AND REQUIRE THE IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME TO USE ANY MEANS TO REDUCE WOLF NUMBERS TO THOSE DESIGNATED FOR RECOVERY OF THE SPECIES.

Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:

WHEREAS, wolf populations have grown to a level of over eight times the number designated for recovery of the species in Idaho and no effective management plan exists for reducing wolf populations to the number designated for recovery of the species; and

WHEREAS, growing and unacceptable levels of wolf predation against livestock and pets exist and many claims relating to losses by wolves are not fully compensated; and

WHEREAS, wolf packs have moved into densely populated areas and unnecessarily large numbers of wolves constitute a threat, not only to property, but to human life itself, with particular threat to children ( Are they serious…wolves have almost no history of attacking people, yet they are now claiming wolves are a danger to human life and children?  I am stunned) 

WHEREAS, the time and costs expended in an effort to protect livestock against wolf attacks is never compensated; and

WHEREAS, people living in most rural parts of the state are threatened by wolves and must change their habits and lose the safe use of, and travel upon, their own property. Individuals must now arm themselves to face the threat of growing, unchecked numbers of wolves in many parts of the state; and

WHEREAS, unchecked numbers of wolves are destroying the culture and heritage of rural Idahoans including, but not limited to, their use of real estate, their use of hounds for legal hunting of big game, their livelihood in professional hunting, such as outfitting and guiding, and their choice of type and location of livestock animals for food production and recreation; and

WHEREAS, excessive wolf populations reduce livestock production through direct loss of life and loss of productivity, with higher costs to producers, which creates devaluation of established livestock businesses in areas of high wolf populations; and

WHEREAS, excessive numbers of wolves are hindering recovery of elk populations in parts of the state, are reducing the big game populations avail able to hunters in the state, and are preventing the Idaho Department of Fish and Game from exercising its mandate to manage big game for the benefit of hunters in the state; and

WHEREAS, in 2006, Governor Jim Risch issued Executive Order No. 2006 32, finding that there was an imminent threat to the health of wild elk herds, as well as to the public health and safety of the citizens of Idaho, due to escape of domestic elk from the Conant Creek Facility in eastern Idaho and ordered the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to “identify and shoot on site, any domestic elk that have escaped from the Conant Creek Facility.” The large number of wolves in the state presents a far greater threat.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Session of the Sixtieth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and the Senate concurring therein, that the above described conditions define an emergency condition for all rural Idahoans and, in the face of this emergency, the Legislature hereby encourages the Governor of the State of Idaho to declare that a state of emergency exists in Idaho and to authorize and require the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to use any legal means to reduce wolf numbers to those designated for recovery of the species.

*italics mine

http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2010/HCR043.pdf

Posted in: Wolf Wars, gray wolf/canis lupus, howling for justice

Tags: wolf persecution,  Idaho CONCURRENT  RESOLUTION NO. 43, wolf intolerance

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  1. This bares a very disturbing similarity to the events of the early 20th century.

    • John…It certainly does look very similar to the 19th and 20th century. Bad news every day.

      N.


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