HOWLING FOR JUSTICE ALERT: Idaho Extends Wolf Hunt

Howling for Justice strongly denounces the action taken by the Idaho Fish and Game commissioners to extend the wolf hunt through March 31, 2010.

Wolves being chased through deep winter snow with no cover, already stressed, is cruel. 

The extension will take the hunt through breeding and denning season, when wolves will return to their den sites, which are well known to hunters.  Wolves mate between late January and the end of March.  Gestation is approx. 62 days. So do the math….females will be pregnant during the hunt, that is if they have time to stand still long enough to be bred, when they’re running for their lives. Pregnant alphas might be killed, destroying a pack leader and her unborn pups, with possible dissolution of the pack.  Females that breed in late January could be whelping near the end of the hunts although most wolves in the Northern Rockies breed in mid February. 

Wolves could be returning to their den sites by the middle of March.  Their is evidence that wolves may tolerate human activity near their dens, which makes them doubly vulnerable. What science backs hunting pregnant or denning wolves? Are they trying to wipe out 2010’s wolf pups? 

Two zones, Lolo and Sawtooth, already extended through March 31st, 2010.  Extending the entire state wolf hunt to the end of March, absent the three previously closed zones, leaves wolves with no respite from hunters guns, A SEVEN MONTH LONG SEASON.  IDFG should have kept the deadline of December 31, 2009 in place. 

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Write or call Idaho Governor Butch Otter:

208.334.2100
http://gov.idaho.gov/WebRespond/contact_form.html

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Write the Idaho tourism office:

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

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Write the Potato Commission:

http://contact.idahopotato.com/

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Write or call Idaho Fish and Game:

Headquarters Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 25
Boise, ID 83707

Headquarters Street / Walk-in Address:

600 S. Walnut
Boise, ID 83712

Telephone: (208) 334-3700
Fax: (208) 334-2148 / (208) 334-2114

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Write or call the Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners:

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

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Write to Idaho Newspapers:

Post-Register, Idaho Falls           

www.postregister.com

Letters over the 300 word limit will be subject to editing. 
Send letters by e-mail to taulcore@postregister.com
(Note: This is the abbreviated name of the person who handles letters)

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Idaho State Journal – Pocatello and SE Idaho        

305 S. Arthur, Pocatello ID  83204

Press Release E-mail: pressrelease@journalnet.com
Letters to the Editor E-mail: letters@journalnet.com 

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The Times-News       

http://www.magicvalley.com

Box 548, Twin Falls ID  83303

Phone: 733-0931
Limit letters to 400 words. Longer letters will be shortened. The Times-News reserves the right to edit all letters. 

E-mail  letters@magicvalley.com

READER’s CORNER – 600 words – has to be approved by editorial dept. * Each letter should include the writer’s signature, mailing address and telephone number. Typewritten letters are preferred, because they allow faster handling with less chance of error.
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Idaho Statesman

1200 N. Curtis Road Boise, Idaho 83706

Editorial@idahostatesman.com
MAILING: Rocky Barker, Environment; Pete Zimowski (?) outdoor editor P.O. Box 40 Boise, ID 83707

News (main office)  (208) 377-6449 FAX 208/377-6449

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Please express your strong oppositon to the wolf season extension but I urge you to be civil. 

Thank you.  Howl for making a difference for wolves!!

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Posted in: Idaho wolf hunt, Wolf Wars
Tags: wolves in the crossfire
Published in: on November 20, 2009 at 10:59 pm  Comments (6)  
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