Oh this is oh so familiar, Idaho pulled this little number back in 2009. Montana wants to extend the wolf hunt beyond the December 31, 2011 deadline to January 31, 2012. They are worried the 220 “dead wolf walking” quota won’t be met, god forbid. So they’re looking to give trophy hunters more time to slaughter wolves.
When is this nightmare going to end, when every last wolf is dead? Wolf advocates must watch as wolves are snuffed out for greed and ignorance? I look at the death toll every day. It now stands @ 147 wolves between the two states. Yesterday it was 139 and that’s not counting the Wildlife Services and poaching death toll.
What is it going to take for wolf advocates to say enough is enough? Two hundred dead wolves, five hundred dead wolves? If the Ninth Circuit doesn’t grant the emergency injunction to stop the hunts wolf blood will continue to be spilled throughout this winter, right through their breeding season, into Spring in Idaho when pregnant alphas are denning and pupping. Idaho’s hunt extends through June 30, 2012 in the Lolo and Selway, a TEN MONTH long hunt. Wolves should be busy teaching their pups how to be wolves, not dodging bullets.
Is the national media ever going to pick up this story? Will ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and the rest of the mainstream media continue to ignore the carnage? Is America going to allow another Western extermination? What will it take to wake people up? Because once these wolves are gone, they’re not coming back. We’ll be left with a hundred wolves or so per state, if that and those animals will be so traumatized and fearful that the odds of Wildlife Watchers ever catching a glimpse of them will be as remote as winning a big Powerball jackpot. Even those wolves might be too many. Idaho is already making noises that if Wyoming is allowed unregulated killing in most of their state, then why not Idaho?
We need to protest, protest and boycott. Yellowstone wolves generate 35 million in the GYA every year. If they want to kill America’s wolves than Americans should stay away from Yellowstone. It might be the one thing that makes a difference. Think of the powerful message it would send, not only economically but psychologically.
By pandering to hunting and ranching interests fish and game agencies are denying Wildlife Watchers the privilege of viewing wild wolves. And if anyone thinks wolves in Yellowstone will be safe from this pogrom, think again because Wyoming is working in concert with the USFWS to delist wolves and commence with unregulated killing in most of the state. Yellowstone wolves don’t read signs, they routinely cross over park boundaries. as Limpy did and paid dearly with his life. The wolves in Grand Teton aren’t safe either, they will most certainly cross into the death zone.
There isn’t much time. Wolves are dying @ an alarming rate. It will only get worse when the Idaho trapping season starts on November 15. The Ninth Circuit is hearing oral arguments on November 8th on the delisting appeal and will consider the request for an emergency injunction to stop the hunts, we only hope they realize irreparable harm is being done to wolves in the Northern Rockies and grant the request.
Wolves..”are not very good adapting to change. Wolves are often referred to as an indicator species, which means that any little deterioration of their habitat causes immediate drop in their numbers in that habitat. They don’t seem to be able to adjust to expanding civilization the way coyotes do. The coyote’s range is increasing in the face of human expansion, while the wolf’s is decreasing…..Raymond Coppinger and Lorna Coppinger
“Inescapably, the realization was being borne in upon my preconditioned mind that the centuries-old and universally accepted human concept of wolf character was a palpable lie. On three separate occasions in less than a week I had been completely at the mercy of these ‘savage killers'; but far from attempting to tear me limb from limb, they had displayed a restraint verging on contempt, even when I invaded their home and appeared to be posing a direct threat to the young pups”…..Farley Mowat, Never Cry Wolf
Extension of Montana wolf hunt proposed to make sure quota of 220 is met
- THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
- First Posted: November 02, 2011 – 6:42 pm
Photo: Courtesy First People
Posted in: Montana wolves, Wolf Wars
Tags: extending Montana wolf hunt