Thanks To Obama and Congress, Horse Slaughter Is Again Legal In US…

Is there no end to the damage this Congress and President Obama will inflict on innocent animals?  In the middle of one of the worst recessions/depressions in the nation’s history, it seems the only thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on is reinstating  slaughter of America’s  horses.

There is a parallel between what is happening to horses and wolves. A lack of empathy and coldness has pervaded government. With Democrats in control of the Senate, they once again came up short to protect horses. In my mind there is no longer much difference between the two parties.

First it was the wolves and the wild horses, now it’s our domestic horses, who’ve been slated to die in cruel and barbarous slaughterhouses.

On the campaign trail in 2008, Obama made this statement:

Federal policy towards animals should respect the dignity of animals and their rightful place as cohabitants of our environment. We should strive to protect animals and their habitats and prevent animal cruelty, exploitation and neglect…. I have consistently been a champion of animal-friendly legislation and policy and would continue to be so once elected.”

During the campaign Obama co-signed a bill banning horse slaughter in the US and was asked, “Will you support legislation …to institute a permanent ban on horse slaughter and exports of horses for human consumption“? He answered in the affirmative.

Now,  just a few short years later,  he has gone back on his campaign promise and  signed on to reinstating horse slaughter in the US.  What’s  going on with this Congress and President?

“In a bipartisan effort, the House of Representatives and the United States Senate approved the Conference Committee report on spending bill H2112, which among other things, funds the United States Department of Agriculture.  On November 18th, as the country was celebrating Thanksgiving, President Obama signed a law, allowing Americans to kill and eat horses. Essentially, one turkey was pardoned in the presence of worldwide media while in the shadows, buried under pages of fiscal regulation, millions of horses were sentenced to death.”

Forget that 70% of Americans are against slaughtering horses for human consumption. We don’t eat our pets, this meat is going to be shipped overseas to countries like Japan and Belgium, who eat horses and the American people will foot the bill for the inspection of the “meat”. In other words we are going to pay to have our horses tortured in slaughterhouses, so foreign countries can benefit. What??

And how did this sneak through, with very little coverage? By politics as usual, back room wheeling and dealing.

“The bill that effectively changed the policy was a huge spending bill covering several different agencies and departments such as the USDA.

Rep. Jim Moran, a Virginia Democrat, got an amendment passed in the House Appropriations Committee in May to continue the ban on funding inspections. But a few lawmakers stripped out the amendment before the bill was finalized, passed by both houses this month and signed into law.”

And what’s the lame excuse for lifting the ban on horse slaughter in the US? Well there are just too many dang neglected and unwanted horses don’t cha know? It’s our duty to drag these terrified animals to horrific slaughterhouses, so they can have a bolt shoved into their brains, which half the time doesn’t even kill them. Then they’re strung up to be cut into pieces, some are still alive when this happens. Yes that will be the fate of unwanted,  neglected horses. It’s simply outrageous. Anyone who understands horses knows they are a prey species and are extremely fearful. Can you even imagine the panic they would feel going through this barbaric process? It’s unimaginable.

“Simon, with the Humane Society of the United States, took issue with the argument that the domestic slaughtering ban has led to more cases of neglect and abandonment of horses, saying that the recession was the main cause. All types of animals are abandoned in economic downturns she said, because people can’t afford to take care of them.

“The vast majority of American horse owners would not choose this practice,” she said.

Moreover, she said, horses were transported long distances within the United States before the ban.

Simone Netherlands, founder of Respect4Horses, questioned the fiscal justification for opening up horse slaughter plants.

“In this time when the focus of Congress is supposedly on reducing spending and creating jobs, it is a ludicrous measure to spend tax dollars in order to reinstate an inherently cruel predatory business, from which Americans stand to gain nothing. Horse slaughter plants operating until 2007 have never created a total of more than 178 jobs,” Netherlands said.”

Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma state director of The Humane Society of the United States,  spoke out clearly against this madness.

“Americans don’t eat horses.

“And they don’t want them inhumanely killed, shrink-wrapped and sent to Japan or Belgium for a high priced appetizer. Where and how one makes a living isn’t an issue here. In our culture and in our hearts, the horse holds a lofty place. And it’s not on the barbecue grill,” Armstrong said.

Graham said Americans just need to talk and find a viable, humane solution to the issue.

“Many people think this will be humane euthanasia and they think of Fido getting put to sleep on the veterinary table. That’s not the way it is,” said Graham.

“Horses are sensitive animals and you cannot tell me the horse at the slaughter plant cannot smell the blood on the other side of the pen. They’re freaked out. They know death is coming,” she said.

This is the “humane” solution for unwanted horses? I guess those in Congress, who pushed to reinstate horse slaughter in the US, forgot or didn’t care to  do their homework on how truly nightmarish a “solution” this is.

“In most countries where horses are slaughtered for food, they are processed in a similar fashion to cattle, i.e., in large-scale factory slaughterhouses (abattoirs). Unfortunately that results in a less than acceptable rate of effectiveness rendering the horses unconscious with a captive bolt gun, due to the difference between trying to get an accurate shot on an unrestrained horse vs. an unrestrained cow. In addition, horses’ brains are set further back, so even when the shot is in the correct spot, it sometimes doesn’t render them appropriately unconscious. In the UK a captive bolt is rarely used. They are usually killed using a free bullet from a bell gun. The skull is too hard to use a captive bolt the bell end to the gun prevents the bullet ricocheting and injuring the slaughterman. They are then killed by being exsanguinated (“bled out”) by severing the jugular vein or carotid artery while suspended by the rear leg by a heavy chain shackle.” Wikipedia

Apparently the new paradigm in Congress is ramming through unpopular policies. by burying them in appropriation bills. They brutalized our wolves with this underhanded method and now history is repeating itself.

This is what passes as leadership in Congress? We need term limits and we need them badly. If it wasn’t for  gerrymandering we could boot these self-serving politicians out of office.

Thanks to Congress and President Obama, horse slaughter is once again legal in the US, condemning 120,000 to 200,000 horses to a terrible death each year.

Pro-Horse Slaughter Arguments Do Not Make Flicka Burgers Tasty

By Sylvia Cochran | Yahoo! Contributor Network

Wed, Nov 30, 2011

COMMENTARY | Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., spouts pro-horse slaughter arguments. Trying to sell the electorate on ending a “misguided ban on domestic horse slaughter,” he cites “sad cases of horse abandonment” and promises a return of “jobs shipped to Canada and Mexico,” according to his website.

 I am surprised Sen. Baucus has not seen fit to also insert the ubiquitous “for the children” argument, which legislators usually slip into taxation schemes. But then he is not selling a new indebtedness but rather a way to profit off horse slaughtering.

As a carnivore, with only a short stint of vegetarianism under her belt, I appreciate a juicy steak as much as the next person. Even so, there are some animals I won’t eat out of principle, and horses (as well as donkeys) make the list.

Call me sentimental if you like, but then tell me why it is a good idea to consume meat that was not bred for slaughter. “None of the products that we routinely use on our horses has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use on horses intended for food,” the Equine Protection Network explained when American horse slaughter was still ongoing.

The pro-horse slaughter arguments citing deplorable equine neglect also fail to hold water. The Animal Law Coalition studied the cause and effect relationship between slaughterhouse closings and increases in horse neglect. “On the question of whether the closings were the cause of a pronounced increase in abuse we find that neither the cause nor the effect actually happened,” the researchers concluded. (If you follow Sen. Baucus’ logic to the end, you would have to make a case for the mass slaughter of dogs and cats.)

Peeling away the layers of sanctimonious rhetoric gets us down to business: Cold, hard cash. The Meat Trade News outlined in 2009 that a “good commercial horse” can be sold for $500 to the meat trade. Multiply this by 9 million — the estimated number of horses in the U.S. — and you are looking at a “multibillion dollar industry.”

In its 2011 publication, it cheers a proposed Nebraska institution of a state meat inspection agency — right after wondering “who gave these money grabbing animal rights bastrads (sic) so much power.” See, the pro horse slaughter arguments really do not care about horse welfare; it’s the almighty dollar that counts.

Just be honest about it.


Obama Legalizes Horse Slaughter for Human Consumption

Author: madeline bernstein
Published: November 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm

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Are Thousands Of WILD HORSES Headed For The Slaughterhouse?

By BornToBeWild Posted November 29, 2011 (10 hours ago)


How The Senators Voted

If you’re outraged over this travesty please use these contacts. Horses are a national treasure, they are iconic, symbols in American culture. Let these politicians know that 70% of Americans do not want horses slaughtered. This must be reversed. Speak out for the voiceless.


President Obama

White House Phone Numbers

202-456-1414 (switchboard)
202-456-1111 (white house comment line)


From the Moral Compass


CLICK HERE TO SEND THE ABOVE ALERT TO HUNDREDS OF MEDIA OUTLETS.   (Hint:  send this link to the Media outlets: )


CLICK HERE TO SEND FREE FAXES FROM YOUR COMPUTER.  (Hint: Your Tax Dollars Pay for the Fax Paper)


Photos: Horse Wallpaper
Photo Horse Slaughter: Courtesy SodaHead
Posted in: Horses
Tags: Horse slaughter, H.R.2112, horse suffering, Congress, President Obama, USDA, HSUS

Wolves Trapped To Death

Warning Graphic Photos

A wolf choked to death by a killing snare. This is the face of trapping, so hard to look at but in good conscience can we look away?

Every day I wrestle with what to post or not. The pictures are shocking and gruesome but necessary because they shine a bright light on trapping and snaring. I do it for the wolves who’s howls are being  silenced by this brutality.

This post is dedicated to the first wolf trapped in Idaho.  She was trapped or snared & killed on Nov 16 in the Dworshak-Elk City Zone in Unit 14, near the old ghost town of Florence. The small female wolf, killed on the second day of Idaho’s first ever wolf trapping season of modern times, weighed 80 lbs and was a subadult (1 1/2 years old). This area used to be the home range of the Florence Wolf Pack, but after heavy-handed control ordered by IDFG, that pack has ceased to exist. Florence is located in the mountains north of the Salmon River, some 15 miles form Riggins. Idaho trappers can kill up to ten wolves in the 2011-12 trapping season which goes from Nov. 15 to March 31.



by Tim Woody

Photo by Tim Woody

This is no way to see a beautiful animal.

We were rambling across the Portage flats in search of a decent trail on Saturday when my friend Mark stopped at the edge of a copse of alders. A few feet into the brush, a large, healthy wolf lowered itself back to the snow, exhausted and in pain, its right front leg crushed by a steel-jawed trap.

The wolf’s struggle was evident for yards around the wooden post to which the trap was anchored. Trampled snow was covered with splintered wood, chunks of ice, and blood spatters. But this once-powerful animal was done fighting. Its eyes watched us, but it was too tired to hold its head up and track our movements. Its breathing was shallow. We wondered how long it had been there facing its slow, painful death. There is no state law mandating how frequently trappers must check their traplines.

We wished we had a pistol, because the scene in front of us was one of dreadful suffering. A merciful bullet would have made everyone feel better. There was nothing we could do except spare the wolf further anxiety by continuing on our way.


The Art of Trapping Idaho’s Wolves

This is an extremely one-sided story glorifying trapping and snaring, and how great it is to pass this cruel & inhumane “hobby” on to your children and grandchildren. Boise State Public Radio missed the boat on this one.


Tread carefully with traps Fish & Game balances hunters, wolves, wildlife

IDFG brought in an Alaskan trapper with plenty of killing experience to spread his knowledge to wolf haters signing up by the hundreds for the trapping course.


I’ve asked a lot of you over the last several years but this is the gravest crisis wolves have faced since their reintroduction. The wolf hunts have taken an even darker turn with the introduction of snares and traps in Idaho. Speak out for them before it’s too late. They are dying at an alarming rate, 236 dead and climbing.  That’s not counting the wolves killed by Wildlife Services in 2011.


Governor Butch Otter

Phone: 208-334-2100

Fax: (208) 334-3454


Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners

Panhandle Region

Tony McDermott

 Chairman, Idaho Fish & Game Commissioner


Clearwater Region

Fred Trevey


Southwest Region

Bob Barowsky


Magic Valley Region

Wayne Wright


Southeast Region

Randy Budge


Upper Snake Region


Salmon Region

Gary Power


Idaho Fish and Game

IDFG Director Virgil Moore:

(208) 334-3771


Jon Rachael, IDFG Wildlife Dept.

(208) 334-2920

Idaho Fish and Game General Numbers Click Here


Idaho tourism office

For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.Simon Wiesenthal

Top Photo: Hunt 101
Middle Photo: Courtesy Tom Woody
Bottom Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Posted In: Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves, Trapping wolves
Tags: Idaho wolves, snares, leg hold traps, wolves suffering, trapping animal cruelty

Remember The Wolves This Thanksgiving….

As we give thanks,  please remember the Idaho and Montana wolves who are suffering and dying, especially the pups who will never have a chance to grow up. I renew my pledge to do everything in my power to give their story life as they howl for justice.

For the wolves, For the wild ones,


1161 Fallen Wolves Idaho-Montana-Wyoming-Wisconsin-Minnesota Wolf/Witch Hunts 2012/2013

Oh dear wolf..

Can it be we will lose thee?

Thee whom I love so much,

The beauty of your species has always moved me

You travel another road

One I cannot follow

I will be here for you always

In your darkest hour



August 7, 2011


Idaho/Montana/Wyoming/Wisconsin/Minnesota Wolf -Witch Hunt (2012/2013)

5 fallen wolves, September 4, 2012

10 fallen wolves, September 10, 2012 

12 fallen wolves, September 17, 2012

19 fallen wolves, September 24, 2012

(1 Montana wolf was slaughtered with bow outside Glacier National Park

(2 wolves killed by bow outside northern border of Yellowstone National Park)

16 fallen wolves, September 18, 2012

17 fallen wolves, September 19, 2012

18 fallen wolves, September 21, 2012

24 fallen wolves, September 25, 2012

 September 25, 2012

2 fallen Washington Wedge Pack wolves aerial gunned

September 26, 2012

3 fallen Washington Wedge Pack wolves, aerial gunned

 September 27, 2012

1 fallen Washington Wedge Pack Wolf, (alpha male), aerial gunned

The pack is decimated and disbanded. 

25 fallen wolves, September 26, 2012

26 fallen wolves, October 1, 2012

October 1, 2012:

The Wyoming wolf massacre started today at one hour before sunrise. Wolves can be shot-on-sight in 80 percent of the state. They can poisoned, trapped and snared. Any method is allowed. This opens them up to terrible torture.  Boycott Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park. Speak out for wolves!

28 fallen wolves, October 2, 2012

45 fallen wolves, October 8, 2012

53 fallen wolves, October 10, 2012

58 fallen wolves, October 14, 2012

 October 15, 2012

Wisconsin Wolf/Witch Hunt Opened Today

78 fallen wolves, October 16, 2012

85 fallen wolves, October 17, 2012

104 fallen wolves, October 20, 2012

124 fallen wolves, October 22, 2012

133 fallen wolves, October 23, 2012

142 fallen wolves, October 24, 2012

145 fallen wolves, October 25, 2012

157 fallen wolves, October 26, 2012

163 fallen wolves, October 28, 2012

170 fallen wolves, October 29, 2012

181 fallen wolves,  October 30, 2012

194 fallen wolves, October 31, 2012

201 fallen wolves, November 1, 2012

208 fallen wolves, November 2, 2012

271 fallen wolves, November 4, 2012

303 fallen wolves, November 6, 2012

313 fallen wolves, November 7, 2012

322 fallen wolves, November 8, 2012

341 fallen wolves, November 10, 2012

357 fallen wolves, November 11, 2012

379 fallen wolves, November 12, 2012

392 fallen wolves, November 13, 2012

414 fallen wolves, November 15, 2012

443 fallen wolves, November 18, 2012

454 fallen wolves, November 19, 2012

462 fallen wolves, November 20, 2012

465 fallen wolves, November 21, 2012

467 fallen wolves, November 22, 2012

493 fallen wolves, November 24, 2012

540 fallen wolves,  November 27, 2012

547 fallen wolves, November 28, 2012

557 fallen wolves, November 29, 2012

575 fallen wolves, December 1, 2012

574 fallen wolves, December 4, 2012

585 fallen wolves, December 6, 2012

605 fallen wolves, December 9, 2012

639 fallen wolves, December 12, 2012

654 fallen wolves, December 14, 2012

689 fallen wolves, December 17, 2012

702 fallen wolves, December 18, 2012

715 fallen wolves, December 20, 2012

730 fallen wolves, December 21,  2012

748 fallen wolves, December, 24. 2012

775 fallen wolves, December 26, 2012

790 fallen wolves, December 27, 2012

808 fallen wolves, December 28, 2012

868 fallen wolves, January 2, 2013

872 fallen wolves, January 3, 2013

894 fallen wolves, January 6, 2013

904 fallen wolves, January 8, 2013

911 fallen wolves, January 10, 2013

914 fallen wolves, January 11, 2013

916 fallen wolves, January 14, 2013

925 fallen wolves, January 16, 2013

939 fallen wolves, January 19, 2013

940 fallen wolves, January 21, 2013

949 fallen wolves, January 23, 2013

954 fallen wolves, January 24, 2013

961 fallen wolves, January 25, 2013

976 fallen wolves, January 30, 2013

985 fallen wolves, January 31, 2013

991 fallen wolves, February 3, 2013

994 fallen wolves, February 4, 2013

998 fallen wolves, February 6, 2013

1004 fallen wolves, February 7, 2013

1006 fallen wolves, February 8. 2013

1018 fallen wolves, February 12, 2013

1020 fallen wolves, February 16, 2013

1026 fallen wolves, February 18, 2013

1041 fallen wolves, February 19, 2013

1049 fallen wolves,  February 20, 2013

1057 fallen wolves, February 22, 2013

1067 fallen wolves, February 24, 2013

1071 fallen wolves, February 27, 2013

1088 fallen wolves, March 6, 2013

1092 fallen wolves, March 9, 2013

1104 fallen wolves, March 13, 2013

1116 fallen wolves, March 21, 2013

1131 fallen wolves, March 27, 2013

1142 fallen wolves, March 30, 2013

1149 fallen wolves, April 8, 2013

1151 fallen wolves, April 19, 2013

1156 fallen wolves, April 23, 2013

1161 fallen wolves, July 3, 2013


Wolf Hunt Open On Panhandle Private Land From July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014. which means Idaho has a year round wolf hunt in parts of the state. Absolutely unconscionable  and disgusting.


545 Fallen Wolves (Idaho – Montana Wolf Hunt 2011/2o12)

171 Fallen Wolves, November 10, 2011 @ 4:21am

176 Fallen Wolves, November 10, 2011 @2pm

181 Fallen Wolves, November 12, 2011

183 Fallen Wolves, November 13, 2011

192 Fallen Wolves, November 14, 2011

195 Fallen Wolves, November 15, 2011

198 Fallen Wolves, November 16, 2011

201 Fallen Wolves, November 17, 2011

209 Fallen Wolves, Nov. 17, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

214 Fallen Wolves, Nov. 21, 2011 @ 4:42 am

224 Fallen Wolves, Nov. 21, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

228 Fallen Wolves, Nov. 22, 2011 @ 1:20 am

231 Fallen Wolves, Nov. 22, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

232 Fallen Wolves, Nov. 23, 2011

234 Fallen Wolves, Nov.24, 2011

236 Fallen Wolves, Nov. 25, 2011

241 Fallen Wolves, Nov. 28, 2011

244 Fallen Wolves, Nov. 29, 2011

247 Fallen Wolves, Nov. 30, 2011

248 Fallen Wolves, Dec. 4, 2011

251 Fallen Wolves, Dec. 5, 2011

254 Fallen Wolves, Dec. 5, 2011 @ 10: 22pm

256 Fallen Wolves, Dec. 7, 2011

259 Fallen Wolves, Dec. 7, 2011

260 Fallen Wolves, Dec. 8, 2011

261 Fallen Wolves, Dec. 11, 2011

265 Fallen Wolves, Dec. 12, 2011

270 Fallen Wolves, Dec. 13, 2011

271 Fallen Wolves, Dec. 14, 2011

272 Fallen Wolves, Dec. 17, 2011

283 Fallen Wolves, Dec. 20, 2011

286 Fallen Wolves, Dec. 20, 2011

291 Fallen Wolves, Dec. 22, 201

296 Fallen Wolves, Dec. 23, 2011

298 Fallen Wolves, Dec. 24, 2011

299 Fallen Wolves, Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2011

310 Fallen Wolves, Dec. 27, 2011

316 Fallen Wolves, Dec. 29, 2011

317 Fallen Wolves, Dec. 30, 2011

318 Fallen Wolves, January 2, 2012

319 Fallen Wolves, January 3, 2012

326 Fallen Wolves, January 4, 2012

331 Fallen Wolves, January 5, 2012

332 Fallen Wolves, January 6, 2012

337 Fallen Wolves, January 8, 2012

338 Fallen Wolves, January 9, 2012

351 Fallen Wolves, January 10, 2012

360 Fallen Wolves, January 11, 2012

361 Fallen Wolves, January 12, 2012

365 Fallen Wolves, January 13, 2012

376 Fallen Wolves, January 17, 2012

384 Fallen Wolves, January 18, 2012

387 Fallen Wolves, January 20, 2012

388 Fallen Wolves, January 22, 2012

389 Fallen Wolves, January 23, 2012

396 Fallen Wolves, January 24, 2012

399 Fallen Wolves, January 25, 26, 2012

400 Fallen Wolves, January 27, 2012

410 Fallen Wolves, January 27, 2012

414 Fallen Wolves, January 31, 2012

418 Fallen Wolves, February 1, 2012

419 Fallen Wolves, February 2, 2012

420 Fallen Wolves, February 3, 2012

426 Fallen Wolves, February 5, 2012

432 Fallen Wolves, February 6, 2012

434 Fallen Wolves, February 7, 2012

439 Fallen Wolves, February 9, 2012

452 Fallen Wolves, February 12, 2012

454 Fallen Wolves, February 13, 2012

457 Fallen Wolves, February 14, 2012

464 Fallen Wolves, February 15, 2012

468 Fallen Wolves, February 16, 2012

472 Fallen Wolves, February 17, 2012

473 Fallen Wolves, February 19, 2012

484 Fallen Wolves, February 21, 2012

487 Fallen Wolves, February 24, 2012

494 Fallen Wolves, February 27, 2012

498 Fallen Wolves, February 28, 2012

500 Fallen Wolves, February 29, 2012

507 Fallen Wolves, March 2, 2012

511 Fallen Wolves, March 6, 2012

513 Fallen Wolves, March 8, 2012

514 Fallen Wolves, March 12, 2012

519 Fallen Wolves, March 13, 2012

521 Fallen Wolves, March 15, 2012

524 Fallen Wolves, March 16, 2012

530 Fallen Wolves, March 21, 2012

535  Fallen Wolves, March 27, 2012

538 Fallen Wolves, March 30, 2012

540 Fallen Wolves, March 31, 2012

541 Fallen Wolves, April 3, 2012

542 Fallen Wolves, April 4, 2012

543 Fallen Wolves, April 6, 2012

544 Fallen Wolves, April 13, 2012

545 Fallen Wolves, May 26, 2012

The Idaho wolf hunt is continuing  in the Panhandle from July 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013. It started just as the 10 month long hunt ended in the Lolo and Selway.   The Idaho hunt death toll/379 (255 wolves shot, 124 wolves trapped or snared)

There are no updated numbers on how many wolves are being killed in the Panhandle.

Remember these wolves and never forget the suffering they and their wolf families have endured because of ignorance and hate. This gives me the resolve to work even harder to see them relisted.

Yearling Oregon Wolf Killed by Poacher (ODFW)

ACTION ALERT: Montana Proposes Extending Wolf Hunt Among Other Things…Submit Comments Today, 11/28/11, by 5pm!!

Today is the deadline to submit your comments!!

Montana wants to extend the wolf hunt past the December 31, 2011 deadline to January 31, 2011, to give hunters more time to kill the entire 220 wolf quota. What a great group of people running the show over there.

AND they want to allow private hunters to kill wolves for miniscule depredations on livestock, replacing Wildlife Services. So basically there would be a mini wolf hunt year round in Montana. Private hunters, hand selected by the rancher, (most likely their relatives or buddies) would be called in to kill wolves. Montana is big on taking out entire packs of wolves for a few depredations. In 2010, FWP authorized the removal of twelve wolf packs.

Comment Deadline today.  Please speak out for the wolves!!!

“Comments can be submitted through 5 p.m., Nov. 28.”

Click the on the link  to comment.

Wolf Season Refinements

“Submit comments by mail to: FWP-Wildlife Bureau, Attn: Public Comment, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.”



This specific proposal extends the current wolf hunting season through January 31, 2012 or until the specific WMU quotas are met, whichever is first. See the 2011 wolf regulations from the Hunting home page at the website for specific quotas and other elements of the wolf hunting season. Based upon rate of harvest, the Commission may consider other season extension dates.



Elements of this proposal include those listed below.

• To enhance timeliness, livestock producers would identify the hunters to be authorized.
• Livestock producers must allow a reasonable amount of no-fee wolf hunting access during the wolf hunting season.
• Hunters must have a valid wolf license.
• Hunters must report any kill within 12 hours.
• Hunters are meant to complement existing efforts by landowners and USDA Wildlife Services.
• This hunter option is not required but may be implemented with coordination by livestock producers, USDA Wildlife Services and FWP.
• This hunter option is available whenever there is no need to specifically identify the age, sex, color or identify of any wolf prior to lethal removal.
• All lethal removals by livestock producers, USDA Wildlife Services and/or hunters must be consistent with FWP lethal removal prescription.


Photo: Courtesy Flickr Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Montana wolves

Tags: private hunters to replace WS?, Wildlife Services, Montana ranchers, wolf persecution, wolf wars, livestock depredation red herring, Montana FWP

Snaring, Killing Wolves With A Smile…

Warning Graphic Video

No words can describe this video, it was shot in Canada but gives you a glimpse into the stark reality Idaho wolves are facing. The snares are indiscriminate killers. Wolf pups can be snared as easily as adults. Any animal tame or wild is @ risk.

A wolves’ life is very hard, they’re only successful in bringing down prey once every ten attempts.  Trapping and snaring is turning their lives into a living hell.

  Speak out for them!

Black in White (Courtesy Collin Bogle)



Governor Butch Otter

Mailing Address:
999 Main St, Suite 910
Boise, ID 83702

 Phone: 208-334-2100

Fax: (208) 334-3454


Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners

Panhandle Region

Tony McDermott


Clearwater Region

Fred Trevey


Southwest Region

Bob Barowsky


Magic Valley Region

Wayne Wright


Southeast Region

Randy Budge


Upper Snake Region

Kenny Anderson

Salmon Region

Gary Power


Idaho Fish and Game

IDFG Director Virgil Moore:

(208) 334-3771


Jon Rachael, IDFG Wildlife Dept.

(208) 334-2920

Idaho Fish and Game General Numbers Click Here


Idaho tourism office


Write the Potato Commission


Video: YouTube

Posted in: Animal Cruelty, Idaho wolves, Wolf Wars

Tags: wolf snaring, choking snares, wolf suffering, wolf hunts

Published in: on November 18, 2011 at 5:34 am  Comments (43)  
Tags: , , ,

Black Tuesday…

November 17, 2011

Dear Friends,

 More than ever, Idaho’s wolves need your voice to speak for them.

 On Black Tuesday, November 15, 2011, a five-month trapping and snaring season began. Anyone who has taken a brief course taught by professional wolf killers can now strangle or mangle wolves all winter up until March 31, 2012, in the Middle Fork Salmon River, Selway, Lolo, Panhandle or Dworshak-Elk City Zones. Up to 10 wolves can be taken by wolf trappers.

 Idaho trappers are celebrating and the media is playing up to them.

 Wolf killers want all of Idaho open to trapping and snaring. As of today, 127 wolves have died since August 30th, including at least 32 pups & yearlings. At least 1/3 of reports don’t even list the age of the wolf.

 Idaho’s political fist (our red legislature, ranchers, big game outfitters, trophy hunters) aims to reduce wolves to 150 or less in Idaho. It has been a hard pill to swallow to see the Obama administration support this jihad against wolves in Idaho (and Montana and Wyoming).

 We strongly suggest that you be extremely careful going anywhere in Idaho with your family, dog, or horse. The people who attended the trapping and snaring classes were sent home with a free snare “for practice”. Snares can quickly choke to death anything that has the misfortune to be caught in it.  Bolt cutters (how many of us carry those?) are the only tool that will cut the cable in time to save a life.

 Outrageous? Yes. You might encounter traps and snares anywhere. They can be legally set within 10’ from the middle of a trail. No warning signs required. Carry bolt cutters (cost $50). Always hike or ski with three people in case your dog is caught in a trap.



 IDFG Director Virgil Moore: (208) 334-3771

 Jon Rachael, IDFG Wildlife Dept. (208) 334-2920


 Governor Butch Otter office – (208) 334-2100

Leave message with secretary.



Tony McDermott, Chairman
Panhandle Region Commissioner
Fred Trevey, Clearwater Region
Gary Power, Salmon Region
Randy Budge, SE Idaho Region
Kenny Anderson, Upper Snake Region
Bob Barowsky, SW Idaho Region
Dr. Wayne Wright, Magic Valley Region

 Wolves don’t have cell phones, they don’t have email. We are their only voice. Please speak up!

A Concerned Idaho Resident


leg hold trap cruelty


Photo: Courtesy all creatures

Posted in: Animal cruelty, Idaho wolves, Wolf Wars

Tags: leg hold traps, snares, wolf bloodbath, wolf scapegoating, Idaho wolf trapping, wolves suffering

ALERT: Idaho Wolves Trapped….

warning graphic videos

Idaho’s wolf trapping season starts today in the Lolo, Selway, Panhandle, Dworshak-Elk City and Middle Fork zones and runs through March 31, 2012.

I cannot express  in words how I feel about trapping wolves. My heart breaks daily when I check the number of  wolves slaughtered in the Idaho and Montana hunts. The Montana wolf archery season was particularly horrific BUT nothing is going to decimate wolves like trapping and snaring.

The blame for this tragedy lays solely at the feet of those  81 Senators who voted to delist wolves via budget rider and the President, who signed the bill into law, with the wolf rider intact.

“Animals caught in leg-hold traps will endure a slow and excruciating death. Some chew off their own leg in an attempt to escape. Others may freeze or bleed to death before the trapper returns. Those who don’t will be strangled, stomped or bludgeoned. The traps used kill not only their intended victims, but also injure or kill endangered species and domestic companion animals.”

I wonder if most people understand how evil trapping really is? Do you know trappers will often stomp their victims to death so they don’t incur damage to the “pelt”?

 Trapping is medieval and doesn’t belong in a civilized society. Several years ago an Alaskan female alpha wolf, who had been trapped outside Denali National Park, died a particularly brutal death. She spent fourteen horrific days in the trap, without food or water. Her pack-mates were frantic to help but they could only watch her suffer. In the end she was so hungry, she tried to eat rocks, her teeth were broken in the effort.  Her world was reduced to being caught in a painful trap, meant to deprive her of her family, deprive her of food and shelter, and ultimately deprive her of her life.  Her story has brought  me to tears more than once.

This is trapping. It is barbaric, it is torture and should be outlawed. The fact Idaho is using traps and snares, in an already brutal hunt,  is egregious beyond measure. Trapping has terrible connotations connected to wolves because it was the trap that wiped them out in the West.

This bloodbath is going unreported by the mainstream media and shame on them for it.  I wonder when the death toll reaches into the hundreds will they suddenly pay attention or will the iconic wolf, brought back to Yellowstone and Central Idaho a mere sixteen years ago, now abandoned to their enemies, will slowly slip away, unnoticed.

From the Endangered Species Handbook, Wolves, Wild Dogs and Foxes:  (Page 4)

“One study on wolves taken in various types of traps was published in the Journal of Wildlife Management (Ballenberghe 1984). It investigated injuries and mortality of 126 wolves trapped in northeastern Minnesota and Alaska. Traps used included steel jaw leghold traps of various types, some with teeth, others with smooth offset jaws; steel cable foot snares; and cable neck snares equipped with devices that prevented the loop from fully closing (Ballenberghe 1984). The results confirmed that steel jaw leghold traps caused the greatest number of injuries and mortalities: 41 percent of 109 adults, yearlings and pups caught in these traps incurred serious foot and leg injuries, defined as lacerations, damage to tissue, bone breakage, and joint dislocations (Ballenberghe 1984). Three wolves, including a pup, had broken leg bones; two others lost front feet after they were nearly amputated by the trap. One young male with broken radius and ulna bones in his foreleg was released in this study to stumble off; this wolf was caught by a trapper several months later (Ballenberghe 1984).

Other injuries resulted when trapped animals gnawed their own feet off and chewed on the traps, breaking teeth and splitting lips. The steel jaw leghold traps caused tissue, muscle and tendon injuries, even when checked daily” (Ballenberghe 1984).”

Aside from leg hold traps, there are snare traps. These are equally horrific. In  1992 there was a mind-boggling “research project” conducted in Alaska, involving the use of thousands of wire snares laid to kill wolves in a misguided attempt to increase ungulate populations.  The ESA Handbook further describes the horror that ensued.

“In 1992, such a wolf “research” program, involving the setting of thousands of wire snares, was carried out south of Fairbanks. Gordon Haber, a conservationist and wolf biologist who has worked for decades on behalf of Alaska’s
wolves, brought television crews to film the snaring operation in December 1994.

They were shocked by the scene that awaited them. Four wolves had been caught in wire snares, two of them pups. One was dead, and three were still alive, terrified and in great pain. A 6-month-old pup, with its paw caught in a neck snare, had chewed off its foreleg in a futile effort to escape. Another had been snared around the chest, causing deep wounds. The other two had been snared by the leg. All these snares had been set to catch the wolves by the neck and kill them, yet none did. Members of the pack milled about nearby, unwilling to leave their fellows. Two snared Caribou were lying dead nearby. A trapper was filmed as he attempted to shoot the wolves, repeatedly missing or wounding them because he used the wrong caliber ammunition in his gun. He shot one pup five times in the head and body at point-blank range with the wrong gauge ammunition. The pup, wounded, remained standing. The trapper then reloaded with other ammunition, and this time shot all three wolves fatally.”

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Today is the opening day of wolf trapping in Idaho. Please contact Governor Otter, the Idaho Commissioners, IDFG, Idaho Tourism and the Potato Commission. Let them know how you feel about trapping wolves. Use the facts in this post to convey your message. Be polite but to the point.

The war on wolves continues in the Northern Rockies. Tell everyone you know. Who is going to speak for wolves if not us?



Governor Butch Otter

Mailing Address:
999 Main St, Suite 910
Boise, ID 83702

 Phone: 208-334-2100

Fax: (208) 334-3454


Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners

Panhandle Region

Tony McDermott


Clearwater Region

Fred Trevey


Southwest Region

Bob Barowsky


Magic Valley Region

Wayne Wright


Southeast Region

Randy Budge


Upper Snake Region

Kenny Anderson

Salmon Region

Gary Power


Idaho Fish and Game

IDFG Director Virgil Moore:

(208) 334-3771


Jon Rachael, IDFG Wildlife Dept.

(208) 334-2920

Idaho Fish and Game General Numbers Click Here


Idaho tourism office


Write the Potato Commission


Videos: Courtesy YouTube

Posted in: Animal Cruelty, Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves

Tags: cruel trapping, animal suffering, ban trapping, animal cruelty, wolf persecution

ACTION ALERT: Wyoming Wolves In Grave Peril From “Old West Style” Politics…

Video by immywolf, who is a young, Australian teenager. Thank you immy for caring.

You may think we’re living in 2011 but it’s 1911 in the Northern Rockies. Wolves are under siege on all fronts from the Old West mentality, “the only good wolf, is a dead wolf“.

Ken Salazar and Wyoming’s Governor Matt Meade, struck a deal on wolves this summer that would allow unregulated killing of Wyoming wolves in most of the state. Wolves are still protected under the ESA in Wyoming but things are moving very quickly to delist them and push forward with the “wolf extermination plan”.

On November 8, 2011, Wyoming lawmakers made it even easier for the “plan” to move forward.

Panel of Wyoming lawmakers recommends approval of wolf plan that could lead to delisting

BEN NEARY  Associated Press

First Posted: November 08, 2011 – 12:50 pm

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A panel of Wyoming lawmakers voted Tuesday to recommend approval of a plan that could remove federal protections from gray wolves in the state as soon as next year.

Members of the Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Interim Committee voted unanimously in Thermopolis to approve a bill that would change the state’s existing wolf-management plan. The full Legislature will consider the issue when it meets in February. Revising the state plan is a key step in getting wolves in the state off the federal list of endangered species

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Meanwhile Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) has been busy pushing to delist wolves by applying the same tactics Congress used on wolves last spring.

“U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., successfully inserted a no-litigation rider into a 2012 congressional appropriations bill, as well as a clause that would immediately put Wyoming wolves under state control. It’s similar to a budget rider Congress passed in April preventing court action against the delisting of wolves in Montana, Idaho and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah.”

Lummis clause preventing wolf lawsuits survives challenge

 By JEREMY PELZER Casper Star-Tribune The Billings Gazette

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On Tuesday, November 15, there will be a public hearing held by USFWS on this issue. Comments will be accepted. If you live in Wyoming or if you can travel out-of-state,  please make it your business to attend the hearing and speak out on the “wolf slaughter” proposal.

 If we allow wolves to be treated in this manner it will set a precedent that a wolves’ life means next to nothing and other states could follow suit. Their lives are already being devalued, as they suffer through Idaho and Montana hunts. On Tuesday, Idaho will allow trapping and snaring of wolves, something that hasn’t happened since the last Western wolf extermination. We can’t sit silently by.

“The public hearing is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 15, at Central Wyoming College (Riverton, Wyoming). There will be an informational meeting beforehand, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.”

Feds plan public meeting on Wyoming wolves

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Some environmental groups say they intend to press the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand protections for wolves in Wyoming when the federal agency takes public comment next week on a wolf management plan.

The federal agency plans to hold a meeting Tuesday in Riverton to collect public comment on a plan that Gov. Matt Mead and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reached this summer that could see an end to federal protections for Wyoming wolves as soon as next year.

Under the agreement, Wyoming would classify wolves as unprotected predators that could be shot on sight in most areas. Wolves would be protected as trophy game animals in a flexible zone outside Yellowstone National Park.

Daryle Murphy of Riverton, conservation chairman for the Wyoming chapter of the Sierra Club, said Friday he intends to hammer on the point that the deal Mead and Salazar struck is very similar to a plan to delisting plan the Fish and Wildlife Service rejected a few years ago.

“It’s not really a wolf-management plan,” Murphy said. “It’s more of a wolf-killing plan from our perspective. Our concern is that almost 90 percent of the state, wolves will have no protection whatsoever, and are susceptible to killing by anyone at any time without even requiring a license since they’ll be listed as predators for the most part.”

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You can also comment on the plan until January 13, 2012 by using the link below.

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Removal of Gray Wolf in Wyoming from Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, etc.!documentDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2011-0039-0001

Please Act NOW. You can either attend the meeting in Riverton or use the above link to comment.

I’m not asking for your money,  just your time. Please act to help save Wyoming wolves from this terrible assault.


Talking Points

•Wolves are vital to a thriving ecosystem. They keep elk healthy by culling the old, sick and weak. Having wolves on the landscape push elk and other ungulates to keep moving (ecology of fear), preventing over-browsing of young trees,  specifically ash and cottonwood along stream beds. This is called a trophic cascade.

•Wolves are accused of effecting rancher’s bottom line by preying heavily on cattle. In fact this couldn’t be further from the truth.  In 2010, Wyoming ranchers lost 37,100 cows to non-predation. Wolves were responsible for just 26 cows and 33 sheep losses, yet 40 wolves were killed in response.

•Wolves are blamed for decimating elk numbers in Wyoming. The truth is in 2010 there were 120,000 elk in the state up from 95,000 in 2009, plenty of elk by any standards. There are close to 400,000 (371, 000) elk in the tri-state area Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

•Assigning “predator status” to wolves, in 90% of the state, is essentially a death sentence for Wyoming wolves.

•Wolves in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National park will be in grave danger from this “plan”

•Wolves are an economic bonanza for the Greater Yellowstone Area or GYA. They generate 35 million annually to the area. Tourists flock from all over the world to Yellowstone,  just to get a glimpse of a wild wolf. They are the rock stars of the park. Yet Wyoming is willing jeopardize  park wolves and all wolves in the state just to please a small, vocal group of hunting and ranching interests.

•”Predator status” means wolves can be killed at any time for any reason in 90% of the state. They can be run over by ATV’s and snowmobiles or chased by these vehicles until they drop dead. They can be tortured and nobody will be the wiser, because a license won’t be needed to kill a wolf. The only requirement is the wolf killer report the killing to the state.  Sort of like being on the buddy system with no incentive to report.

•This “plan” will destroy wolf families and leave wolves unprotected from the fierce hatred of anti-wolf factions. They could suffer unimaginable torment.

•The current plan is almost identical to the one USFWS rejected for years as insufficient.  What has changed?

•Let them know you will be boycotting Wyoming, specifically Yellowstone and Grand Teton NP,  until they stop the push to exterminate wolves in the state.

•Be polite but firm.


It’s our job to convince Wyoming this would NOT be in the best interest of their state to enact the “wolf killing plan”.  Wyoming’s reputation and Yellowstone National Parks is at stake, as well as huge monetary losses, since wolves bring in millions of dollars annually to the GYA. Who will want to visit a state that advertises the wonder and iconic beauty of Yellowstone wolves, while  outside the park a giant death zone awaits canis lupus?

Video: Courtesy immywolf

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Posted in: Wyoming wolves, Wolf Wars

Tags: USFWS, public comments, meeting Riverton, Wyoming, Wyoming’s deadly wolf plan, Ken Salazar, Governor Matt Meade, Cynthia Lummis

For The Fallen Idaho Wolf Pups….

For the little ones who won’t grow up, who won’t see another sunrise or romp in the next snowfall, or play with their pack-mates or the hundred things young wolves experience.

I wish with all my heart I wasn’t typing this and you didn’t die violent, painful deaths. I wish I could have saved you.

In Sorrow,




In Idaho, wolves killed by hunters must be checked by IDFG personnel. A form called a Big Game Mortality Report (BGMR) is filled out, which is supposed to report the age, sex, kill location, weapon used, method (predator call, bait, stalk, incidental, etc) and other information. To date, over 29% of 109 BGMR’s list no age for the wolf. Here is preliminary data on pups and sub-adults (yearlings) killed so far in Idaho – for BGMR’s that have an age listed
As of 11-11-11, there have been 114 wolves killed in Idaho’s hunt, 29 of those wolves were pups or sub-adults. (at least)

Pups Killed 24

Sub-adults Killed 8


     Total 32 Killed 



BGMR #33. A male pup shot on Sept 30 in Unit 6 in Rochet Creek. No color listed.


BGMR #57. A female grey pup shot on Oct 12 in Unit 10 at Meadow Point, on a guided hunt. There were 5 wolves with the pup.
BGMR #91 – Grey female pup killed on Oct 26 in Unit 10, at Kelly Ck/Cayuse Ck Jct.

Dworshak-Elk City

BGMR #3 & 4 – Two female pups shot on Sept 3 in Unit 14 on Dairy Mountain. No color listed.

Middle Fork

BGMR #9 – Black male pup shot on Sept 3 in Unit 27, Diamond D Ranch.
BGMR #39 & 40 – Two grey sub-adult pups, a male and female, shot on Oct 6 in Unit 27, Pistol Creek Ranch Ck to Garden Ck.
BGMR #107 – Grey female pup shot on Nov 5 in Unit 20A, Porphrey Creek. Six months old. She was with 3 other wolves.
BGMR 108 – November 5, Grey, male subadult wolf killed in Wimstick Creek, Unit 20A, Middle Fork Zone. “Unsure of age, either young of year or 1.5 years”.
BGMR 115 – November 4, grey male pup, killed on Rush Creek Ridge, Unit 26, Middle Fork Zone. Six months old. Shot with a rifle. Days hunted: 4
BGMR 116 – November 4, grey male pup, killed on Rush Creek Ridge, Unit 26, Middle Fork Zone. Six months old. Shot with a rifle. Days hunted: 4


BGMR #69 – Black female pup shot on Oct 18 in Unit 28, in China Basin/Iron Creek. 3 other wolves were howling.
BGMR #83 – Black female pup shot on Oct 27 at Corn Creek, with 5 other wolves.


BGMR’s #7 & #8 – Two female greys, one a pup, one a sub-adult, shot in the SFK Salmon River drainage by the same hunter, on August 31, Unit 25. Saw 8 total wolves.
BGMR #44 – Grey female pup shot on Oct 10 in Star Creek near Pollock Mtn Lookout, Unit 23. “1 wolf heard howling & other wolf sign seen. Porcupine quills in face.”
BGMR #66 – Grey male “pup of the year”, shot on Oct 18 at Cloochman Saddle, Unit 23.
BGMR #100 – Male wolf pup shot on Nov 1 in Stoller Meadows, Warm Lake area. One larger and smaller wolf with pup.


BGMR #2 – Grey male sub-adult shot on Sept 4 in Scriver Creek, Unit 33.
BGMR #34 – Grey female pup, killed Oct 2, Hawley Mt Lookout.
BGMR #102, #103 – Two grey pups, one male, one female, killed on Nov 2, Unit 39, top of Black Warrior.

Southern Mountains

BGMR #17 – Grey male pup, killed on Sept 17 by a bow hunter in Unit 29, Trail Creek (Lemhi Mts/River)
BGMR #58 & #59 – Two grey male pups shot on Oct 12 in Edna Creek, Unit 43 (SFK Boise River). “Observed large group of wolves while deer hunting. Partner shot one, then called this one in by howling.”
BGMR #71 & 72 – Two wolves killed, a grey adult male and black sub-adult male. Shot in Antelope Creek, Unit 50, Pioneer Mountains. Pack size 5 black, 1 grey.
BGMR #109 – Grey sub-adult female shot on Nov 5 on Boulder Creek, Boulder Mts, Unit 48 near Ketchum Idaho. 



BGMR #11 – Grey female sub-adult (54 lbs) was shot on Oct 30, Unit 59, Huntley Canyon. Shot with muzzleloader. (Saw) 5 wolves total.

Island Park

BGMR #16 – Black female “pup of the year” shot Sept 17 at Fall River, Unit 62. “Method” used was a Predator Call and Howl.
BGMR #73 – Black male pup shot on Oct 21 at Dry Creek, Unit 61.


Photos:  Top wolf pic: Courtesy orionbula deviant art

Middle wolf pic: Courtesy A.S.

Bottom wolf pic: Courtesy

Posted in: Idaho wolves, Wolf Wars

Tags: Idaho wolf hunt, puppies killed, sub-adults killed

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