500 Wolves Wiped Out In The Northern Rockies


December 23, 2009

Well here we are people, the total dead wolf count for the Northern Rockies has hit FIVE HUNDRED WOLVES.  That is what we have come to.  One third of all wolves in the Northern Rockies ARE GONE!!!!!  And they’re not done yet.  There are still 89 wolves left to be killed in the Idaho hunt and who knows how many more wolves will die this winter in “lethal control” actions by Wildlife Services. Montana has given the green light to take out another 22 wolves for livestock depredation.  So that’s another hundred wolves slated to die…89 + 22 = 111 adding to the 500 already dead.

From the Associated Press:

The regional wolf count was 1,650 at the beginning of the year. Since September, hunters in Montana and Idaho have claimed at least 203 of the animals, with Idaho’s hunting season slated to continue through March. Almost 300 more have been killed by government wildlife agents, ranchers, poachers and natural causes.

That figure includes deaths in Wyoming, where hunting remains banned.

Concerning the slaughter of the Basin Butte Wolves in Stanley, Idaho last month…they finally are setting the record straight.

“In Idaho, federal wildlife agents last month shot seven wolves from the Basin Butte pack near Stanley, after its members were blamed for killing 36 sheep and about a dozen cattle since July 2008.

But after the Stanley shooting, wildlife advocates argued the pack was wrongly blamed and complained of heavy-handed tactics — including firing at the predators from a helicopter in full view of town.

“This pack did not kill 36 sheep at Cape Horn in August 2008,” said Lynne Stone, director of Boulder-White Clouds Council, an environmental group based in Ketchum. “But Wildlife Services wanted to blame them, to add to the case to wipe out this pack.”

This is an outrage! Between hunting, IDGF and FWP issuing kill orders to Wildlife Services, the wolf population is being decimated while wolf supporters sit helplessly by.

Please write to the governors of the states of Montana and Idaho.  To the wolf managers in Idaho and Montana.  Write to the newspapers.  Use Facebook, Twitter, whatever you have to do to get the word out.

The fallen 500 hundred wolves are not coming back. When will this slaughter end? Remember the twenty seven member Hog Heaven Pack killed in 2008 for livestock depredation, the one size fits all reason for killing wolves? 

Is there ever any mention of what measures ranchers have taken to protect their investments?  Or who’s cattle have been killed? Or that wolves are tracked relentlessly by their collars.  Or that ranchers lose most of their cattle to disease, weather and calving?   How many more wolves will die for cattle and sheep?   

Don’t forget that wolves are dying out there this holiday season.  Please speak out and stand up for them, they have no voice!!


Wolf death tally passes 500

By MATTHEW BROWN – and JOHN MILLER – Associated Press writers | Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 12:00 am



Montana Wolf Managers…click here

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Photos: Courtesy James Balog

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Tags: aerial gunning of wolves, wolves or livestock, wolves in the crossfire

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10 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Nabeki,I will be busy writing to these people.I do not live in these states but the girl from Indiana is going to write.I sent a message to the Defenders of Wildlife asking why they seem so quite when this going on. If they are so worried about the aerial gunning of Wolves in Alaska,they better start opening their eyes in Uthah.Haven’t heard from them yet and I don’t think I will. I’ll try again. For the wild ones.


    • Rita…I hope everyone will write to the wolf managers, governors, newspapers, …to let them know we are outraged by this. I think Defenders needs to stand up and be counted. Wolves are being aerial gunned in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana with a much smaller population then Alaska. We need some of the big environmental orgs to speak out for the wolves here in the Northern Rockies. Think about the fact that we’ve lost a third of the entire wolf population.

      For what’s left of the wild ones,


  2. I am not giving up. I’ll just roll up my sleeves and continue to fight. The fight has just begun. For The Wild Ones.


    • Thank you Rita for your tireless efforts for wolves. You are a true wolf warrior. God Bless.

      For the wild ones,


  3. […] Please keep the 500 hundred dead Northern Rockies gray wolves in your heart this holiday season.  Don’t let wolves slip away without raising your voice in their defense.  Please write or call the contacts I have listed here. […]


  4. this makes me sick and i find myself crying when i see pictures like those! i am online now trying to get the celebrities to take notice-i have a long way to go. but i will keep trying and fighting as best as i can as a Defender for the wolves!!!


    • Thank you Bonnie for caring. This is a tragedy in the making and they are not done yet. The Idaho hunt still has 88 wolves left to kiill and Wildlife Services is going after 22 wolves in Montana. There will be another hundred or more wolves added to this slaughter. Wolves were delisted by the Obama Admin in April, the hunts started in Montana and Idaho in September It took just a few short months to lose 500 wolves out of a population of 1500-1600 in the Northern Rockies.

      I’m working on getting the national media to pick up this story. Maybe a major celeb will stand up and speak out!!

      For the wild ones,


  5. […] over their heads the last couple of weeks.  I had hoped, after it was reported, that more then 500 wolves have died in the Northern Rockies, that WS would stop killing wolves, especially entire packs but it hasn’t changed their plans […]


  6. Hey i am from germany, that’s why excuse my bad english. Today i have seen the most terrible pictures of killed wolves on http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fi217.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fcc190%2Fceciltrapper%2Fwolfsmile.jpg&h=f50dc
    It’s cruel enough that the canadian gouverment paid money for killing wolves, but that’s the hunter ceciltrapper makes silly sayings on the pictures of killing wolves is really that takes the biscuit!


    • Hi Martin,
      Those picstures with smiling trophy hunters and the poor animals they’ve slaughtered make me sick. What the heck are they smiling about? It’s just awful.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,


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