Some good news for Idaho wolves. The harrowing seven month long Idaho wolf hunt finally ends today.
Pregnant alphas (mothers) are returning to their dens to whelp. Thank god they won’t have to worry about being shot while giving birth.
The misguided Idaho hunt was set to end on December 31, 2009 but the IDFG commssioners voted to extend the hunt to March 31, 2010, an unheard of amount of time for any animal to be hunted, especially one just off the endangered species list. AND it extended through wolf breeding season.
The quota to kill 220 Idaho wolves was not reached but they weren’t far off the mark. 186 wolves lost their lives to hunters bullets. I mourn all wolves killed in the Idaho and Montana hunts and the wolves who died at the hands of Wildlife Services.
500 wolves died in the Northern Rockies in 2009 and unless Judge Molloy relists them, 2010 will be an even harsher year for wolves. All hope lies with him.
For now we can be grateful for this little bit of good wolf news.
Posted in: Idaho wolves, gray wolf/ canis lupus
Tagss: Idaho wolf hunt, wolves in the crossfire, denning wolves, whelping, seven month long wolf hunt, wolf persecution