“Throughout the centuries we have projected on to the wolf the qualities we most despise and fear in ourselves.”~ Barry Lopez
“By sometime this weekend (and it may have happened already) the entire White Hawk wolf pack of central Idaho’s Boulder-White Cloud Mountains will be dead.
Ten wolves including the pregnant alpha female who is the famous white wolf of the Sawtooth Valley will be gunned down from a government helicopter.”
The Associated Press – 03/06/04 | Posted: Friday, March 5, 2004
“CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking a federal judge in Cheyenne to uphold the agency’s decision to remove federal protections for the gray wolf in Idaho and Montana while leaving them in place in Wyoming.”
Updated: 2:23 pm, Mon Jul 13, 2009.
The remainder of the Hog Heaven wolf pack – 19 animals – was killed this week after repeated livestock depredations west and southwest of Kalispell.
9 wolves to be killed in Big Hole Valley
Associated Press | Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 9:10 am
“DILLON — State wildlife officials have ordered nine wolves to be killed after repeated attacks on cattle in the Big Hole Valley.
The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks gave a trapper with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services permission to kill the remaining four members of the Battlefield Pack and five wolves from the 15-member Miner Lakes Pack.”
Submitted by Rocky Barker on Thu, 12/03/2009 – 10:34am.
“The helicopter gunning of seven members of the Basin Butte Pack near Stanley by federal agents even as hunters were in the field has angered wolf advocates and highlights again the polarized nature of this issue.
You might remember the Basin Butte pack as the one that delighted wolf watchers for several years as it hung around Stanley and offered the kind of opportunity to see wolves in the wild unlike anywhere but Yellowstone National Park.+
“A wolf pack that lives north of Helena will be killed by state officials, once it was determined that the removal was necessary after the pack killed several domestic animals.”
Just change the day and year on each of the above press releases and it’s the same old story. Wolves killed for the livestock industry. By highlighting each wolf kill as though wolves are on some massive killing spree, it skews the picture and keeps wolf recovery hopelessly intertwined with cows. Wolves kill very few of the 100 million cattle that graze our public and private lands but you wouldn’t know it by these headlines. In fact the number one predator killing cattle is the coyote and even they are only responsible for a tiny percentage of all cattle death. Most cattle losses are due to weather, reproduction and disease but those statistics are not sensational. They don’t grab headlines or garner sympathy for ranching.
On top of the killing by Wildlife Services, wolves are being hunted in Idaho and previously Montana, until that hunt ended in November, when a quota of 75 wolves had been reached (72 killed by hunters and 3 poached). The Idaho hunt death toll stands at 128 wolves with 92 remaining to be wiped out.
Yet Wildlife Services continues to slaughter wolves and other predators for agriculture. They are erasing a national treasure the majority of Americans consider to be icons of the West but the wildlife viewing public has zero input on the elimination of wolves for the livestock industry.
The two videos below describe aerial gunning in Alaska but it might as well be Idaho, Montana or Wyoming because Wildlife Services does the same thing here in the Northern Rockies. This is the ugly face of aerial gunning of wolves.
We have to speak up!! There is a ban on aerial gunning. Congress passed the Federal Airborne Hunting Act of 1972, prohibiting hunters from shooting animals from a helicopter or plane BUT there’s a loophole in the law. It allows aerial gunning for:
Predator control, permitting state employees or licensed individuals to shoot from an aircraft for the sake of protecting “land, water, wildlife, livestock, domesticated animals, human life, or crops.”
Wildlife Services uses aerial gunningto sanitize the landscape of wolves, other predators and wildlife, in the name of agriculture, by taking advantage of the aerial gunning ban loophole.
This has to stop!! Please visit WildEarth Guardians website and sign the petition, demanding Wildlife Services stop poisoning, aerial gunning and destroying our wolves and other predators on public land. Almost five million animals were killed last year by this agency.
Also support the PAWS ACT, HR 3663, which wouldBan Inhumane and Unsporting Aerial Gunning of Wolves. The bill is stalled in the House of Representatives. Please call your congressman and ask them to support this bill.
The only way this will change is if the American people say no. We don’t want wolves, cougars, foxes, coyotes, badgers, raccoons, skunks, bears, etc… slaughtered every year. We don’t want cattle on our public lands. This is the main roadblock to wolf recovery.
Below is the death toll for 2008 of wolves killed in Montana, for livestock depredation and a partial list for 2009. This doesn’t include Idaho or Wyoming.
Hewolf Pack 2008
Willow Creek Pack 2008
Sapphire Pack 2008
Moccasin Lake Pack 2008
North Gravelly Pack 2008
Freezeout Pack 2008
Skalkaho Pack 2008
Black Canyon Pack 2008
Mussigbrod Pack 2008
Moccasin Lake Pack 2008
Partial Pack Removals 2008
Elevation Mountain Pack..4 wolves killed WS 2008
Monitor Mountain Pack….3 wolves killed WS 2008
Murphy Lake Pack..alpha fe, 2 other members killed WS 2008
Salish Pack…3 wolves killed WS 2008
Superior Pack…1 wolf killed WS 2008
Tallulah Pack….2 wolves killed WS 2008
Mitchell Mountain Pack…alpha fe killed WS 2008
Baker Mountain Pack….2 wolves killed 2008
Cougar Creek II Pack….1 wolf killed 2008
Horn Mountain Pack….3 wolves killed WS 2008
Battlefield Pack…2 wolves killed WS 2008
Brooks Creek Pack….4 wolves killed WS 2008
Flint Creek Pack….2 wolves killed by WS 2008
Pintler Pack….2 wolves killed by WS 2008
Big Hole Pack 2009
“Throw me to the wolves because there’s order in the pack.”
~ Red Hot Chili Peppers, Easily
The states should start thinking about what they are doing to wolves. There are other voices to be heard that don’t view wolves as pests to be eliminated. Wildlife watchers want to view wolves living and breathing, not read about them being killed for agriculture. Wasn’t that the point of reintroduction?
Will all the hard work of the last fourteen years be wiped out by the current “management” of the gray wolf?
Montana Wolf Managers…click here
Wildlife Services……Jim Lukens 1-208=756-2271
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