As I reported in Wolf Wars Part 2: Wolves Under The Gun In Montana And The Rest Of The Northern Rockies!, Montana FWP has given Wildlife Services the power to kill wolves without having to consult with them. The old policy was bad enough. Federal agents kill hundreds of wolves each year for livestock depredation. This will only increase Wildlife Services power in Montana over wolves.
As I’ve stated many times, wolves kill very few livestock and when they do it’s often the result of poor animal husbandry practices by ranchers who leave cattle or sheep unattended on public and private land. Many ranchers don’t remove cow carcasses that die from other causes then predation. If wolves are caught feeding on those carcasses they can be killed. Remember over 500 wolves died in the Northern Rockies in 2009. Now we have a federal agency, Wildlife Services, given the power to act alone when killing wolves. This is starting to resemble the 20th century, when federal agents exterminated wolves in the West.
Montana FWP is using the excuse Montana has too many wolves and that’s why they’ve given Wildlife Services broadened autority to kill wolves. How can 450 to 500 wolves be too many in a state the size of Montana with such a small human population when Minnestota has 3000 wolves and five million people. This is a smokescreen people, don’t buy into it.
Too many wolves: FWP gives wildlife agents more authority to kill problem predators
By EVE BYRON Helena Independent Record | Posted: Sunday, March 7, 2010
In a hearing before the Environmental Quality Council, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks director Joe Maurier said federal Wildlife Services agents no longer need FWP authorization to kill wolves at or near confirmed livestock depredation sites.
The agents also will be able to immediately kill any wolves that are trapped when they return to those sites to feed on dead livestock.
“For people that don’t have this email, the contact person in Wash DC is the Deputy Administrator: Bill.Clay@aphis.usda.gov
If 200 people email him and state how the american publc is watching how they are complicit with State Wildlife Agencies to exterminate wolves for ranching interests that would get their attention.”
Please take action for wolves and protest this new policy.
Governor Brian D. Schweitzer
Office of the Governor
Montana State Capitol Bldg.
P.O. Box 200801
Helena MT 59620-0801
(406) 444-3111, FAX (406) 444-5529
Write to the Deputy Administer of APHIS (Wildlife Services) Bill.Clay@aphis.usda.gov.
Also write and call John Steuber, the Montana State Director APHIS (Wildlife Services):
John E. Steuber, Montana State Director
P.O. Box 1938
Billings, MT 59103
Phone: (406) 657-6464
FAX: (406) 657-6110
Toll-Free Number: 1-866-4USDAWS
Please stand up for wolves!!
For the wolves, For the wild ones,
March 7, 2010
Meanwhile Idaho wants to kill more wolves:
Game director wants more wolf hunting
March 7, 2010
Posted in: Take Action For Wolves, Wolf Wars, gray wolf/canis lupus
Tags: New Wildlife Services Wolf Killing Policy, Montana FWP, wolves in the crossfire, aerial gunning of wolves