OR9′s mother B-300 (Sophie) and one of OR9′s brothers (ODFW)
Oregon wolf advocate, Taz Alago, had something to say about the way OR9′s death was handled:
“The picture of OR9, bloody and dead, is a punch to the stomach… unless you’re like his killer. Then the ugly picture is something to brag about.
For those following the troubled saga of the Imnaha Pack, the image of this dead wolf was something half-expected ever since he swam the Snake into Idaho, a dread fear come true.
Idaho is one of the worst states for predators, a hell-hole for anything but elk, deer, moose and cows. In Idaho you can kill wolves with huge leghold traps, neck snares, neck-breaking Conibear traps, arrows, guns, even
You can hunt coyotes and foxes from ultra-light aircraft. A bill is proposed to allow the same for wolves, with the added treat of allowing live bait for wolf trapping (dogs are mentioned).
OR9 was the brother of Journey (OR7), now famous for his long trek to California, first wolf there since 1924. His natal pack has produced some intrepid wolves, although now it’s diminished through dispersal and death, and it’s always under threat from the inexorable pressure of area ranchers to kill wolves for their depredations.
The way he holds OR9′s body shows his contempt for this wolf and I guess he feels the same about all predators – these vermin who challenge his “dominance.” Rifles and traps against flesh and blood.
There’s no way to adequately punish this killer because hunting wolves in Idaho is legal, but make no mistake this person was a poacher: his $11 wolf tag had expired. Idaho Fish & Game let him off with a warning but I think we should hold their feet to the fire and treat him the same as they would an elk poacher.
I think IDF&G shrugs off any action as long as it kills wolves.
So let’s all call Virgil Moore of the IDF&G at 208-334-3771 and tell him to prosecute OR9′s killer.
It’s the least we can do.”
Taz Alago, NE Oregonian
For my two cents, the excuse this person gave, for killing OR9 with an expired tag, was lame and didn’t hold much water. There is something called “Ignorantia juris non “, which is Latin for “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”. What if this had been a 7 point bull elk instead of a wolf? Would he have gotten off with a warning?
Idaho’s governor, Butch Otter, is making a joke out of this, so apparently the state isn’t taking Or9′s death seriously.
In a tongue-in-cheek letter this week to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, Mr. Otter “apologized” for the loss of the wolf and said he would happily replace it with 150 wolves from Idaho, just to make things right.
“In an effort to be a good neighbor and help Oregon maintain and increase its wolf population for the preservation of the species in your state, I am offering to send you 150 wolves from Idaho,” said Mr. Otter, a Republican. “Idaho has more than a sufficient number, in fact many more than the federal government originally required we have, and can spare a few.”
Idaho gives Oregon ‘apology,’ gets no snarling over wolf
Prosecute poacher for illegal killing of Oregon wolf OR-9
Male wolf OR-9 from Imnaha pack killed by Idaho hunter with expired tag
Published: Friday, February 10, 2012, 1:22 PM Updated: Saturday, February 11, 2012, 10:40 AM
Photo: Courtesy ODFW
Posted in: Oregon wolves, Wolf Poaching, Wolf Wars
Tags: OR9, wolf poaching, Taz Alago, Oregon wolves, Imnaha pack , wolf dispersal, IDFG, Virgil Moore