Gray Wolves in the Crosshairs

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Mt. Emily male wolf/odfw

September 9, 2014

Howling for Justice turns five on September 16 and “Gray Wolves In The Crosshairs” was my first post.

It’s hard to believe all that’s happened  to wolves in the past  five years, much of it bad. We had such high hopes of prevailing in the courts, because we were winning! After the initial delisting in the Spring of 2009 and sadly losing 500 wolves the first year, Judge Molloy relisted wolves on August 5, 2010. But the victory was short-lived, the anti-wolf forces knew they were losing so they turned to Congress to trump the ESA and delist wolves. And Congress listened.  In the Spring of 2011 the US Senate  betrayed wolves. Apparently they valued holding onto their Senate majority more than the lives of wolves. The wolf delisting rider, attached to a must pass budget bill, will forever live in infamy as a part of each Senator’s legacy who voted yes.

For the next few days I’ll be revisiting my earlier posts, written in 2009, to take us back five years and help us remember what a hard-fought battle we’ve waged for wolves.  Just remember, wolf blood continues to flow, as another year of hunting wolves spans six states. Even wolves who remain “protected” are not safe, as the accidentally/on purpose killing of  Washington’s  Huckleberry Pack alpha female clearly shows.  That’s why we cannot stop fighting for wolves!

For the wolves, For the wild ones,

Nabeki

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Gray Wolves In The Crosshairs

gray wolf in snow wallpaper

September 16, 2009

The gray wolf stands at a crossroads in the lower 48.  Stripped of their Endangered Species status by the Obama administration, they are left unprotected from the guns in Montana and Idaho. The first federally sanctioned wolf hunts in the Continental US are taking place as I write this.  Thanks Ken Salazar for allowing the de-listing of wolves to stand.  I thought a Democratic administration would be different, apparently it’s business as usual in wolf country.

Idaho’s hunt started on September 1st, with a quota of 220 wolves from a population of 875.  That’s one-fourth of Idaho’s wolves.  Montana’s hunt began Sept 15, 75 wolves are slated for execution. How did it come to this?

The purpose of this blog is to explore that question and try to understand why this magnificent apex predator is so misunderstood and hated, merely because they exist. I welcome your comments and opinions wolf lovers.

Meanwhile a federal judge in Missoula, Montana holds the fate of gray wolves in his hands. Thirteen environmental groups filed a lawsuit opposing the de-listing and asked Judge Molloy to grant an injunction to stop the wolf hunts, while the lawsuit was pending.

The judge issued a partial ruling on September 8th denying the injunction to stop the hunts but stated the plaintiffs opposing the de-listing were likely to prevail on the merits of the case. Small comfort for the wolf as it’s being hunted. Male, female wolves and pups of the year can be taken. Yes, apparently it’s OK to hunt PUPPIES!!

The war against wolves continues unabated.

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Photo: wolf wallpaper

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Howling for Justice

Tags: gray wolf/canis lupus, Montana wolves, Idaho wolves, wolf intolerance, wolf myths

Remembering Jewel…Phantom Hill Wolf Pack Female B445…Shot Dead

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“Jewel” – Phantom Hill Wolf pack member B445

July 24, 2014

Here is another tragic story of a young Idaho wolf, cut down before she had a chance to live.  I’ll continue to  repost  these stories the rest of the week in remembrance of the wolves and wolf packs we’ve lost  at the hands of Wildlife Services, wolf hunts, ranching and poaching. We can’t forget them, they are why we are fighting this battle!

October 31, 2009

Jewel, a young beta female, of the Phantom Hill Wolf Pack in Idaho, was shot dead in the Eagle Creek drainage, north of Ketchum. She was only two years old but had already made her mark upon the pack. When the alpha female took an extended vacation this year, Jewel assumed “nanny duties”, caring for the pups during the alpha’s absence.

Jewel died for nothing yesterday. Here is her story from Western Watersheds Project website

Courtesy to Lynne Stone for photos and content.

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Lynne Stone documents her encounter with Jewel:

Over a week ago I was hiking north of Ketchum, when a young Phantom Hill Pack wolf trotted into view. From her appearance I knew she was B445, the most recently collared Phantom wolf. When my dog, Bo, noticed the wolf, he bounded after her, but when I called Bo back, the wolf stopped and turned around and continued to watch us with curiosity.

I had observed from afar, a few weeks before, when B445 was caught by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and collared. I watched through a spotting scope, as she woke up from being drugged, and staggered toward the rest of her pack.

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Jewel (B445) © Lynne Stone 2007

B445 is often the nanny wolf to her younger brothers and sisters that make up this year’s pups, stepping into the role after Judith, B326 went on her adventure this year. At least three pups have been seen. There are probably more. I heard them howling recently at night and it sounded like three to four pups howling in response to the rest of the pack.

B445 was still shedding out her thick winter coat of fur when I saw her close-up. Now that weeks of rain (unusual for central Idaho!) has stopped, the weather is finally warm, and B445’s fur will soon be sleek.

During my recent eye-to-eye encounter with B445, I was never for a moment afraid. What I observed, was that B445 was very curious of us (my dog and self), as we were intruders into her pack’s territory. I thought of B445’s older sister, B326 – Judith, and how that this younger wolf, was certainly a jewel. Her beautiful silky movements, her intelligent, inquiring amber eyes — well, the name Jewel seemed to fit her.

http://www.westernwatersheds.org/issues/species/wolves/jewelphantomhillb445-jewel/

(All Idaho wolves when caught and radio-collared are given a number with the letter B preceding it.)

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Photos and account © Lynne Stone 2009

Categories posted in: Wolf Wars,  Idaho wolf hunt

Tags: Idaho wolf hunt, wolves in the crossfire, Jewel, Phantom Hill Pack, Lynne Stone, Western Watersheds Project

Lay Down Sweet Wolf….

Romeo

Lay down sweet wolf, you are released from your pain

Your killers dance on your corpse but will never possess your spirit,  for they are empty vessels with black hearts

Because they cannot outwit you they use the cowards way to lure you with traps and distress calls

We will not forget the pain and suffering they’ve caused you and your family

Your life will not go unremembered or unheralded

You are loved by millions who continue to fight for your right to  live in peace, wild and free

Our hearts are heavy but there is a brighter day coming for you

Sleep now sweet wolf, you are beyond your pain, they can’t touch you now, you rest in the arms of angels

DEDICATED TO ALL THE FALLEN WOLVES,

Nabeki

November 21, 2012

I’m not an environmentalist. I’m an Earth warrior.  ~Darryl Cherney, quoted in Smithsonian, April 1990

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Photo: Romeo Sweet Romeo, Courtesy John Hyde

Video: YouTube, It’s in our nature

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: love of wolves, for the fallen, a brighter day, sleep now, black hearts, empty vessels, devoid of empathy, Romeo, Montana wolves, Idaho wolves, Minnesota wolves, Wisconsin wolves, Wyoming wolves

The Inmates Are Running The Asylum…

September 5, 2012

For over a decade the USFWS  has said no to Wyoming’s brutal wolf slaughter plan, designed to exterminate wolves without mercy,  treating them as vermin, to be shot-on-sight in most of the state.

In 2009 the Obama administration delisted wolves in the Northern Rockies but Wyoming wolves were excluded because the USFWS would not accept their “wolf management/slaughter plan”.  Wyoming wolves remained under the protection of the ESA.

In response to the delisting a legal challenge was mounted by environmental groups and on August 5, 2010 Judge Donald Molloy  relisted wolves  in the Northern Rockies.  He stated the USFWS  could not  separate wolves by state for delisting. Either they strip wolves in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho of their ESA protections or they keep them all listed. Read his decision here.

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Judge orders protections reinstated for wolf

By MATT VOLZ, AP, Idaho Statesman, 08/05/10 [here]

A federal judge has ordered endangered species protections reinstated for the gray wolf in Montana and Idaho.

The federal government last year removed protections for wolves in those two states but not Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy says in his ruling Thursday the government’s decision was a political solution and does not comply with the federal Endangered Species Act.

Molloy says the entire Rocky Mountain wolf population must be either listed or removed as an endangered species, but the protections can’t be separated by state. (Wildlife and People)

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But now, as Idaho and Montana are busy slaughtering wolves, while  USFWS watches, the agency has decided Wyoming’s shoot-on-site wolf plan is just perfect after all.  The approx. 270 wolves who live outside Yellowstone can now be used for target practice, killed anytime of the day or night, without a permit. They can be run over by snowmobiles or ATV’s, hung from a tree, torn apart, set on fire or anything a sick mind can come up with. That’s the fate of Wyoming wolves.  The cruel irony is one of the excuses given for killing so many wolves is Wyoming hunters  accused wolves of decimating elk herds in the state but that’s been proven to be false.  It was recently reported that many of Wyoming’s  elk herds have grown so large extra licenses will be handed out to hunters to kill more elk.  The hypocrites and their lies have been exposed!

From the Wildlife News: 

Wyoming elk herds have grown too large

by  on SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 

Wyoming Game and Fish Department offers extra elk licenses

Now that Wyoming has gained the authority to manage wolves and will soon have a wolf hunt, the much lamented lack of elk due to those “insatiable packs of killing machines” — wolves — has suddenly turned around and there are said to be too many elk . . . just like that.

 Brian Nesvik, chief of the wildlife division for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says “in many areas of the state, those herds have simply grown too large.”  Therefore, the state has made an emergency order providing for an extra, reduced-price cow elk and elk calf license in some of the areas with too many elk.  In fact, Game and Fish is trying so hard to get more hunting in the larger elk herds that they are offering special elk hunts on private lands. They are even encouraging elk hunters to buy three elk tags in some parts of the state.

READ MORE:

http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2012/09/04/wyoming-elk-herds-have-grown-too-large/

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Wyoming Game and Fish Department offers extra elk licenses

 September 03, 2012 10:00 am  •  By CHRISTINE PETERSON Star-Tribune staff writer

 Graceful and majestic, elk are one of Wyoming’s icons. Large herds draw hunters, photographers and viewers from around the globe hoping to catch a glimpse of a bull’s huge rack and hear its roaring bugle.

But in many areas of the state, those herds have simply grown too large, said Brian Nesvik, chief of the wildlife division for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Game and Fish officials have tried recently to encourage hunting in the larger herds, even offering special elk hunts on private lands monitored by biologists. Department officials are going one step further this hunting season. Hunters can now buy three elk licenses in some areas.

Until this year, Wyoming state statute mandated each hunter could only hold two elk licenses. The Wyoming Legislature gave Game and Fish the ability to control elk license numbers during its last session. Wildlife officials made an emergency order in August offering an extra reduced-price cow and calf license in some of those overpopulated areas, Nesvik said.

http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming-game-and-fish-department-offers-extra-elk-licenses/article_7e73f58d-ae37-526d-9715-67c2f43f2086.html?comment_form=true

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We know the excuses for killing wolves in Wyoming and other states for that matter, are a sham.  There is no reason to slaughter wolves.  The propaganda campaign waged by the livestock and hunting cabals is just that, propaganda. It’s Kabuki Theater played out to justify the unjustifiable.

So what’s changed at USFWS and their 180 turn on the long sought after Wyoming wolf killing plan? Absolutely nothing except the appointment of Dan Ashe as head of USFWS.

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This was reported by the Wildlife News on July 1, 2011

“Career professional in agency to assume duties immediately after a long series of Republican “holds” on his nomination

The Fish and Wildlife Service has been led since January 2009 Acting Director Rowan Gould.

“Holds” in the U.S. Senate on bills and nominations have become a kind of one-person filibuster. It is becoming difficult for any President to get anyone approved after his first round of major nominations. Ashe was held up not because of any controversy over his person, but over efforts by Republications to extract policy changes in exchange for allowing a vote.

As “Cody Coyote” wrote in a recent comment in this forum, one of the holds was by a Wyoming U.S. Senator John Barrasso trying to assure that the Service would delist the wolf in Wyoming.”

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Draw your own conclusions on why Ashe’s appointment was “held up”? Was it a quid pro quo to ensure Wyoming wolves would be delisted?

There is something very ugly going on @ USFWS  concerning the delisting of gray wolves. Animals recently off the Endangered Species List are now being hunted, tortured, persecuted and slaughtered all with the approval of USFWS. Idaho and Montana have  started their hunt/killing spree.  Beginning October 1, 2012, Wyoming wolves lives will be worth nothing.  I expect lawsuits to be filed against this  horrific policy but that’s not the point. The fact USFWS would sign on to this after  fighting it for years makes absolutely no sense.  But nothing about ” wolf management” (a euphemism for wolf slaughter) passes the smell test.  Everyday there is a  new scheme to kill wolves. It’s  never-ending.  It’s mind numbing. It’s a repeat of the past. It’s sadistic.

Hard to believe this was all made possible by Obama, his rancher Interior Secretary and US Senate Democrats, who pushed through a delisting rider on the back of a must-pass budget bill.  All those sanctimonious Democrats who bill themselves as “environmentally” friendly, had no problem throwing wolves in the Northern Rockies under the bus to help Senator Tester D-MT  hold onto  his Senate seat, as he panders to the wolf hating crowd back home in Montana.

Now the Great Lakes wolf population is under siege after they were unceremoniously  delisted last year. Almost immediately Wisconsin and Minnesota came up with wolf hunt plans. Wisconsin wanted to chase wolves with dogs.  Judge Peter C. Anderson put a stop to that, slapping a temporary injunction on the plan, preventing wolf  hunters from using dogs. His ruling was in response to a legal challenge brought  by several environmental groups under the premise that the state of Wisconsin was promoting dog fighting.  Hopefully the judge’s injunction will stop the  Wisconsin wolf hunts this season but the DNR is scrambling to make it happen anyway, minus the dogs.

Minnesota, the oh so pragmatic and fair state, is just as bad. For years their policy was a  5 years moratorium on wolf hunts if wolves were ever delisted in the state.

“Minnesota’s initial plans for the species included a five-year moratorium on a hunting season. However that provision was removed by the legislature.” (Twin Cities/Daily Planet)

But lo and behold the Minnesota legislature changed that pretty quickly last year when wolf delisting was imminent.  So much for tolerant Minnesota. Turns out they’re not so tolerant.

Michigan Rep. Huuki-R recently introduced a wolf hunt bill into the state House of Representatives, it looks like wolves will be given no quarter any where they call home.

If we don’t speak out now and turn the tide we’ll lose wolves once again in the lower 48. I’m not sure how many ways I can say this.  I’ve written over seven hundred posts, in the last three years, on this tragedy. What will it take for citizens to finally wake up and realize we’re losing the iconic wolf, the very symbol of wildness and freedom we claim to hold so dear?  How incredibly lucky we are to have  intact ecosystems in the Northern Rockies with all apex predators represented. It’s one of the last vestiges of wildness remaining in the lower 48, yet we’re willing to let it slip away because a tiny majority of hateful people have decided the West and our wildlife belong to them, to dispose of as they see fit?  Wake up America, we’re losing our heritage!!! Are we willing to let the inmates run the asylum? Or will we finally unite for a common purpose to save the gray wolf from the grimmest of fates? You decide!

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Wolves in Wyoming Go from Endangered to Hunted

(NEW YORK) — Federal and state officials are celebrating the successful return of once-endangered wolves to Wyoming — by declaring open season on the animals.

Beginning Oct. 1, gray wolves will be removed from the rolls of the Endangered Species Act and classified as predators, allowing Wyoming hunters to shoot the animals on sight at any time, for any reason, in about 85 percent of the state.

“Our primary goal, and that of the states, is to ensure that gray wolf populations in the Northern Rocky Mountains remain healthy, giving future generations of Americans the chance to hear its howl echo across the area,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe in a prepared statement.

Environmental groups that have gone to court over previous measures to de-list the wolves plan to fight the most recent change in the law, said Connie Wilbert, a field organizer for the Wyoming chapter of the Sierra Club.

Once killed nearly to extinction, in 1978 all species of the gray wolf in the lower 48 states were declared endangered and protected from hunting under federal law.

In the years since they received federal protection, wolf populations have returned across the West. As their numbers swelled, ranchers complained the animals routinely killed their livestock and petitioned the government for permission to kill them.

Removing wolves from the list would give ranchers in much of the state the right to kill wolves on sight. In other areas, wolves will be designated “trophy game” and subject to hunting during seasons regulated by the state.

READ MORE:

http://www.masoncountydailynews.com/news/national-news/38301-wolves-in-wyoming-go-from-endangered-to-hunted

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Photo: Black wolf wallpaper

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Wyoming wolves, Animal cruelty, Howling for Justice

Tags: USFWS about-face, Wyoming wolves, shoot-on-sight, Minnesota wolves, Idaho wolves, Montana wolves, Wisconsin wolves, biodiversity, wolf wars,  wolf slaughter, back to the brutal past

Idaho Wolves Howling For Justice…..

Update: March 27, 2012

I see the trapper website where those horrible images of the trapped and doomed wolf  reside has been password protected so you won’t be able to access the site through the KOS article, which is still up BTW. But the images are all over Facebook, not hard to find. The one thing trappers don’t want is for people to see the suffering they cause. Big mistake on their part posting those pictures but we’re thankful they were posted because the wolf won’t have suffered and died in vain. Now his pain  has been exposed for all the world to see and it’s uglier than anything I’ve ever witnessed and will stay with me all of my days. Rest in peace beautiful black wolf, we have your back.

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The Daily KOS spells out the terrible situation Idaho wolves find themselves in. The brutality and cruelty are escalating. With the addition of trapping and snaring to IDFG’s bag of tricks the suffering quotient for wolves has climbed dramatically.  The situation is spinning out of control.

Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 10:28 AM PDT

Idaho wolves in serious trouble

by Gallatin

Ever since Obama and John Tester worked to remove wolves from the endangered species list for political purposes, it’s been bad times for wolves. Of course, there’s a track record for all of this. It was the failure of the states that initially killed off the wolves to begin with, forcing them into the government’s hands and the Endangered Species List.

It looks like the states are at it again, and this time Idaho is leading the path to extermination.

There were many of us who cried foul when Tester introduced a rider that would undermine the ESA, the first of its kind, opening the door for wholesale destruction of species by single interests. It was even more shocking when Obama signed the bill into law.

Reasonable people would expect a few wolves to be killed with rifles, and that many of these would be clean. But there’s nothing reasonable about the wolf hate in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

Recent images have become available of a trapped wolf at the far end of a blood circle in the snow. In the photo, a hunter appears to be smiling for a pose. Posters to the website indicate the wolf was shot at while it waited for the trapper to return. Who knows how long it was there, but it looked like quite a while with all that blood in the snow.

Read More

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/26/1077348/-Idaho-wolves-in-serious-trouble-graphic-images-

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Contact information is included in the article for President Obama and Senator Tester. Please use them!!

Idaho wolves need protection from the hate.

IDAHO: 364 wolves killed. (368 Wolves Killed (251 shot, 117 trapped or snared)

 (3/26/12)

535 Wolves DEAD in Idaho/Montana hunts 

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Photo: http://candleinthedarkness.com/

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho Wolves, Animal Cruelty

Tags:  Idaho wolves, trapping cruelty, wolves suffering, speak out, Senator Tester, President Obama

Live Bait, Kill Wolves Bill Is DEAD!!!

February 28, 2012

I guess the feds warning  scared the bejeezus out of the anti-wolf crowd.  USFWS made it clear that the Live Bait Kill Wolves Bill was unacceptable  and could cause Idaho wolves to be relisted, if  passed.

The wicked witch is DEAD!! The Idaho Senate sent S1305 back to committee, effectively killing it!! This is a victory for Idaho wolves, wolf advocates and bait animals. Thanks to everyone who signed the petition and called Idaho Senators!! You rock!!

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Senate sends wolf hunting bill back to committee; procedural move kills the legislation

BOISE, Idaho — A bill that would allow Idaho ranchers to use powered parachutes, helicopters and live-bait traps to hunt problem wolves has died in the Senate.

Senators agreed Tuesday to send the controversial legislation back to the Resources and Environment Committee — a move that likely ends the bill’s chances this year.

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/99128b38140945d1bb2a150be4c6c49a/ID-XGR–Wolves-Helicopters/

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Unanimous Senate kills wolf-kill bill after sponsor’s emotional request

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/2012/feb/28/unanimous-senate-kills-wolf-kill-bill-after-sponsors-emotional-request/

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Photo: Courtesy PETA

Posted in: Animal Cruelty, Idaho Wolves, Wolf Wars

Tags: S1305 DEAD, Idaho Senate, Jeff Siddoway, Idaho wolves, Feds warn Idaho

Feds Warn Idaho About Wolf Baiting Bill…

Well we’ve all been talking about it and now the feds have issued a warning to Idaho concerning Senate Bill 1305, The Live Bait, Kill Wolves Bill.  The vote on the bill has been halted until tomorrow, March 1, 2012.

Federal official warns wolf killing law could return predator to threatened listing

A federal wildlife official said Monday a bill that would allow ranchers to use live bait to lure marauding wolves to traps or shooters would make Idaho’s laws to protect wolves inadequate.

Brian Kelly, the Idaho state supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, told the Idaho Statesman that the bill, introduced by Terreton Republican Jeff Siddoway, would reverse a decade of work by the state and federal government to protect wolves and rancher interests. The major problem is that it allows people to kill any wolves within 36 hours of harassment of their livestock or family pets without approval of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

“What I’m telling people is anything that compromises or usurps the process or the management through the peer-reviewed plan of the department is a problem for us and we’ve been pretty clear about that,” Kelly said.

Read more here: 
http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2012/02/28/rockybarker/federal_official_warns_wolf_killing_law_could_return_predator_th#storylink=cpy

Let’s get ready to file a petition to relist Idaho wolves if this bill passes!!

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Photo: tristatechillers.com
Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho Wolves, Animal Cruelty
Tags: S1305, Feds Warn Idaho, Idaho wolves, Jeff Siddoway, Live Bait, Kill Wolves Bill, Idaho Senate, Brian Kelly, USFWS

ACTION ALERT: Idaho Senate Poised To Vote on S1305, “Live Bait, Kill Wolves Bill”

(NPR Photo)

The Idaho Senate is poised for a vote on  S1305, the “Live Bait, Kill Wolves Bill”. Please continue to sign the petition and contact the Idaho Senators. If it passes out of the Senate it will go to the House for a vote and then on to  Governor Otter’s desk, which I have no doubt he will sign.

We need an extra push today  for signatures  to reach 5000 and urge Idaho Senators to vote no on this very bad, cruel bill. Wolves are already dying  by the hundreds in the Idaho hunts, 332 dead as of today!!

Idaho: No Animals Used as Live Bait

CLICK HERE TO SIGN PETITION

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Idaho Senators

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT

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From the Humane Society of the United States

Idaho: Stop the Use of Dogs as Live Wolf Bait

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THEIR PETITION

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Live Bait Okay to Kill Idaho Wolves

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February 24, 20129:00 pm

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/live-bait-okay-to-kill-idaho-wolves.html#ixzz1niDlidbB

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Photo: Courtesy NPR Kristine Lokken Nilsen For the Northwest News Network

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves, Action Alert

Tags: defeat S1305, Live Bait, Kill Wolves Bill, Idaho wolves, wolf persecution, animal cruelty, aerial gunning wolves, HSUS, Care2

ACTION ALERT: Idaho Senate Bill 1305, “Live Bait Wolf Kill Bill” …

LIVE BAIT????? 

How low have things sunk in Idaho? Well, Senator Jeff Siddoway, a Idaho sheep rancher,  has introduced Senate bill 1305,  one of the most disgusting  anti-wolf bills yet and that’s saying something.

“Under Sen. Jeff Siddoway’s plan introduced Thursday, ranchers whose livestock are molested or killed by wolves could employ powered parachutes, as well as traps baited with live animals, to target the predators within 36 hours without a permit.

After that, they could get permits giving them up to 60 days to pursue offending wolf packs.”

It’s not bad enough hunters have killed over 300 wolves in Idaho since September or that the state wants to swoop down on the innocent Lolo wolves and aerial gun them for some perceived threat to elk, who’ve been declining in the Lolo since before wolves were reintroduced. Now this.

So live bait? That could be a dog, a horse ANYTHING that’s alive.

Ranchers going up in ultra-lights to aerial gun wolves??

This bill has to be fought with everything we’ve got.  The Senate Resources  & Environmental Committee is holding a hearing tomorrow in Boise @ 1:30pm with live streaming

They are accepting public comments.  I know this is short notice but please be there if you can and speak out against this travesty of a bill!

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SENATE RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

1:30 P.M.

Room WW55

Monday, September 20,  2012

S 1305

Control of/depredation of wolves

Senator Siddoway

If you have written testimony, please provide a copy of it to the committee secretary to ensure accuracy of records.

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Bill Status 1305

http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2012/S1305.htm

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Idaho rancher’s bill would OK ultralights, use of live bait for wolf control

Last Updated: February 09, 2012 – 1:21 pm

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/5b5563875c5945a3b96ba75e85ab0327/ID-XGR–Wolf-Control/

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From The Wildlife News

Idaho Bill Targets Wolves “By any Means Available”

http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2012/02/13/idaho-bill-targets-wolves-by-any-means-available/

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Idaho Man Shoots At Wolf Pack….FROM THE SKY!!

October 2,  2009

http://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/2009/10/02/idaho-man-shoots-at-wolf-pack-from-the-sky/

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I’ll have more on this tomorrow after the hearing. I’m still working on the new feature for the blog but there is so much going on I haven’t had a chance to finish.

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Photos: Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho Wolves

Tags: Wolf Wars, Jeff Siddoway, Idaho wolves, wolf persecution, wolf/witch hunt

Wolves Trapped To Death

Warning Graphic Photos

A wolf choked to death by a killing snare. This is the face of trapping, so hard to look at but in good conscience can we look away?

Every day I wrestle with what to post or not. The pictures are shocking and gruesome but necessary because they shine a bright light on trapping and snaring. I do it for the wolves who’s howls are being  silenced by this brutality.

This post is dedicated to the first wolf trapped in Idaho.  She was trapped or snared & killed on Nov 16 in the Dworshak-Elk City Zone in Unit 14, near the old ghost town of Florence. The small female wolf, killed on the second day of Idaho’s first ever wolf trapping season of modern times, weighed 80 lbs and was a subadult (1 1/2 years old). This area used to be the home range of the Florence Wolf Pack, but after heavy-handed control ordered by IDFG, that pack has ceased to exist. Florence is located in the mountains north of the Salmon River, some 15 miles form Riggins. Idaho trappers can kill up to ten wolves in the 2011-12 trapping season which goes from Nov. 15 to March 31.

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Trapped

by Tim Woody

Photo by Tim Woody

This is no way to see a beautiful animal.

We were rambling across the Portage flats in search of a decent trail on Saturday when my friend Mark stopped at the edge of a copse of alders. A few feet into the brush, a large, healthy wolf lowered itself back to the snow, exhausted and in pain, its right front leg crushed by a steel-jawed trap.

The wolf’s struggle was evident for yards around the wooden post to which the trap was anchored. Trampled snow was covered with splintered wood, chunks of ice, and blood spatters. But this once-powerful animal was done fighting. Its eyes watched us, but it was too tired to hold its head up and track our movements. Its breathing was shallow. We wondered how long it had been there facing its slow, painful death. There is no state law mandating how frequently trappers must check their traplines.

We wished we had a pistol, because the scene in front of us was one of dreadful suffering. A merciful bullet would have made everyone feel better. There was nothing we could do except spare the wolf further anxiety by continuing on our way.

READ MORE: http://www.alaskamagazine.com/blogs/trapped
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The Art of Trapping Idaho’s Wolves

http://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/2011/11/21/the-art-of-trapping-idahos-wolves/

This is an extremely one-sided story glorifying trapping and snaring, and how great it is to pass this cruel & inhumane “hobby” on to your children and grandchildren. Boise State Public Radio missed the boat on this one.

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Tread carefully with traps Fish & Game balances hunters, wolves, wildlife

http://www.cdapress.com/news/outdoors/article_0d3899c9-0ddf-5103-8c51-140c6bb5eed6.html

IDFG brought in an Alaskan trapper with plenty of killing experience to spread his knowledge to wolf haters signing up by the hundreds for the trapping course.

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I’ve asked a lot of you over the last several years but this is the gravest crisis wolves have faced since their reintroduction. The wolf hunts have taken an even darker turn with the introduction of snares and traps in Idaho. Speak out for them before it’s too late. They are dying at an alarming rate, 236 dead and climbing.  That’s not counting the wolves killed by Wildlife Services in 2011.

CONTACT

Governor Butch Otter

Phone: 208-334-2100

Fax: (208) 334-3454

http://www.gov.idaho.gov/ourgov/contact.html

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Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/about/commission/members.cfm

Panhandle Region

Tony McDermott

 Chairman, Idaho Fish & Game Commissioner

mcmule@msn.com

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Clearwater Region

Fred Trevey
fred.trevey@idfg.idaho.gov

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Southwest Region

Bob Barowsky
bbarowsky@fmtc.com

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Magic Valley Region

Wayne Wright
2wrights@cableone.net

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Southeast Region

Randy Budge
rcb@racinelaw.net

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Upper Snake Region

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Salmon Region

Gary Power
gpower@centurytel.net

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Idaho Fish and Game

IDFG Director Virgil Moore:

(208) 334-3771

virgil.moore@idfg.idaho.gov

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Jon Rachael, IDFG Wildlife Dept.

(208) 334-2920  

jon.rachael@idfg.idaho.gov

Idaho Fish and Game General Numbers Click Here

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Idaho tourism office

http://www.visitidaho.org/contact/

For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.Simon Wiesenthal

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Top Photo: Hunt 101
Middle Photo: Courtesy Tom Woody
Bottom Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Posted In: Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves, Trapping wolves
Tags: Idaho wolves, snares, leg hold traps, wolves suffering, trapping animal cruelty
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