The forest service recently gave Idaho Fish & Game the green light to land helicopters up to twenty times this winter in the Frank Church Wilderness, to dart as many as twelve wolves for collaring. The Frank Church is a designated wilderness and this violates the Wilderness Act of 1974 which states:
“A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”
Each year cattle are trucked in to graze the SNRA. This is a national recreation area, cattle are the trespassers here, not wolves. But time and again wolves are subjugated to livestock. The slaughter of the Basin Butte Pack during Thanksgiving week was an example of the arrogance Wildlife Services has shown, when they gunned down seven wolves from helicopters in broad daylight, like some surreal wild west show.
Finally this out of control agency is being challenged. Their practice of killing entire packs of wolves is a travesty. The same thing is happening right now in Montana, where four wolf packs have lethal orders on their heads. WS is intent on completely removing The Elevation Pack, The Miners Lake Pack, The Battlefield Pack and the Mitchell Mountain Pack. This lawsuit couldn’t have come at a better time. Wolves are dying in record numbers.
I hope this will be a new beginning for wolves, not just on the Sawtooth but in the Northern Rockies. Over five hundred wolves died in 2009 and now their howls will be heard in court.
Thank you Western Watersheds Project and The Wolf Recovery Foundation. This has given me new hope we can finally have justice for Idaho’s wolves and in turn for all the Northern Rockies wolves. As one of my readers stated: Please stop killing wolves! Just stop!
To read the full lawsuit click here
WWP & Wolf Recovery Foundation Litigates Big to Protect Wolves in Central Idaho
January 6, 2010 — Brian Ertz
Groups sue to end helicopter landings in Idaho wilderness
By the Associated Press | Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 1:50 pm
Posted in: wolf recovery, Wildlife Services War on Wildlife, biodiversity, gray wolf/canis lupus
Tags: SNRA, WWP lawsuit, Frank Church Wilderness, Forest Fervice, aerial gunning of wolves, intrusive collaring of wolves, wolves or livestock