Who Is the dangerous predator? Not wolves.
Notice the date in the headline, February 15, 2010. Idaho tried this “emergency resolution” BS last year and it didn’t fly. Now it looks like it might pass their Senate and the Gov will sign it. Oh what a difference a year makes.
Last year: (February 2011)
Lawmakers would declare an emergency and urge the governor to do the same and order the state’s wolf population reduced, under a concurrent resolution introduced today in the House Resources Committee at the urging of Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries. “This bill is about legislators being able to show their support, should the governor so wish to have an executive order to have wolves removed,” Harwood told the committee. Rep. George Sayler, D-Coeur d’Alene disagreed, and said the resolution appears to move Idaho toward a position like that of Wyoming, which hasn’t been given authority to manage its wolf population because of its refusal to enact acceptable wolf management plans.
“I think we all know how big this issue has been in our state the last 10 or 12 years, and the struggle we went through as a state to get to the position to where we can manage wolves,” Sayler said. “To me, this is a move back toward a Wyoming position. … This is a step back to more court cases.” Sayler moved to kill the bill, but was outvoted along party lines, with only the panel’s Democrats voting in support. The committee then voted, again along party lines, to introduce a corrected version of the resolution. Among the last-minute changes: The resolution now says that it encourages the governor to declare a state of emergency and require the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to use “any legal means” to reduce wolf numbers, instead of just “use any means.”
This year: (April 2011)
House presses on with wolf disaster declaration
By JOHN MILLER – Associated Press
“Everyone wants to have them all gone,” Bowen said.
The local Republican Rep. Judy Boyle did her part Tuesday, successfully sponsoring a disaster emergency declaration that cleared the Idaho House on a 64-5 vote. It would allow Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to enlist local law enforcement agents to help kill wolves if he decides they are a risk to humans, livestock, outfitting businesses or wildlife. It’s similar to a measure in which Idaho County in 2010 unsuccessfully sought authority from Otter to allow wolves to be shot on sight.
“The mother of a 2-year-old has never seen one of the wolves that roam the mountains here, but when local talk turns to the big predators, residents are unified, she said.
“Everyone wants to have them all gone,” Bowen said.”
She’s never seen a wolf but wants them gone? Apparently she’s not aware there are real threats to humans lurking nearby and wolves aren’t one of them, like getting stomped by a cow, they kill twenty people are year, or getting accidentally shot by a hunter, hunting accidents claim almost 100 lives a year in the US and Canada.
According to the International Hunter Education Association, approximately 1,000 people in the US and Canada are accidentally shot by hunters every year, and just under a hundred of those accidents are fatalities. Most victims are hunters, but non-hunters are also sometimes killed or injured. Although some other forms of recreation cause more fatalities, hunting is one of the few activities that endangers the entire community, and not just the willing participants.
This is a real threat to our children:
Toddler killed in hunting accident by stray bullet in Bethel
SWAN LAKE, N.Y. — An upstate toddler was killed by a stray bullet when a New York City deer hunter fired his rifle too close to her grandparents’ Hudson Valley home.
Edward Taibi, 45, of Queens was being held without bail Monday after arraignment on a second-degree manslaughter charge in the town of Bethel court. Taibi was hunting from a tree stand Sunday afternoon in rural Sullivan County when he shot a deer. He came down from the stand and fired the .30-caliber rifle again about 400 feet away from a trailer home in Swan Lake, a small community just south of the Catskill Mountains.
The bullet hit 16-month-old Charly Skala in the upper body. She was flown to Westchester Medical Center, where she died. Police said the child’s parents live in nearby Woodburne.
There are thousands of Wildlife Vehicle Accidents that occur each year when deer, moose and other wildlife dash out in front of cars. The damages climb into the billions of dollars but monetary losses can’t compare to the 200 lives that are tragically ended each year in these accidents. The toll is highest from Sept thru December, which encompasses hunting season. That’s when deer are most panicked and running for their lives.
I could continue to list all the threats to humans but the list would be quite long. Suffice it to say wolves are not a threat to people aside from the normal cautionary warnings given about any wild animals. You give them respect and remember that you’re not the top dog in the woods, just like
What’s happening in Idaho is called fear mongering, hysteria, not having the facts and spreading lies about the most persecuted animal on the planet. It’s so easy to demonize wolves, they can’t fight back, they can’t speak for themselves, they are voiceless.
Wolves are very shy animals. Partly because nature has selected out all the bold wolves, they were killed long ago. Wolves have learned this lesson well “STAY AWAY FROM HUMANS”, it’s hazardous to WOLVES’ HEALTH.
Keep it up anti-wolfers. Idaho is beginning to look like it’s living in the 3rd century. Should we start calling the anti-wolf crowd the “flat earthers“. Saying the earth is flat is about as credible as some of the things being said about wolves in Idaho.
BTW…wolves aren’t killing all the elk either. There are 102,000 elk in the state. That’s another pesky fact. I wouldn’t want the waters muddied with the truth. The truth gets in the way of the anti-wolf agenda and we can’t have that now can we??
Video: Two Socks Dances With Wolves
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