September 5, 2011. A stunning video of a Wildlife Service’s Super Cub airplane, aerial gunning wolves on the Flat Top Ranch near Carey, Idaho. You can hear the gunfire in the video, it’s absolutely chilling. The is what awaits the Lolo wolves.
UPDATE: February 5, 2012
This is not the first time Idaho has targeted Lolo wolves.
May 4, 2011
It’s coming, just a matter of weather and opportunity before Wildlife Services revs up their aerial gunships and swoops down on the hapless Lolo wolves, chasing them with their planes, riddling their bodies with buckshot from twelve gauge shotguns. The wolves writhe in pain, it’s a brutal death, many experience prolonged suffering before finally succumbing. The gunners may run the wolves until they fall over from exhaustion and then take the shot or land the plane and shoot them point-blank.
Death from the skies is real life horror. Lolo wolves are sitting ducks, unaware death is coming for them.
Not too long ago it was reported federal Wildlife Service killers would decal their plane for each wolf they killed, a badge of honor? The practice has since been halted when outrage was expressed.
These are your tax dollars in action. You’re paying the salaries of federal agents whose job it is to kill not just wolves but any animal deemed inconvenient to agribusiness. Anyone with an ounce of empathy could not do this for a living.
And behind the curtain stands IDFG, ready to give Wildlife Services the order to destroy these wolves like they are nothing more than cockroaches. Just squash them because that’s what many of their hunting customers want, NO DEMAND. The wildlife watching public, who want to view wild wolves, be damned.
This is what happens when the majority of citizens of a state are locked out of wildlife decisions and a few special interests dictate wildlife “management”. The system is broken and needs a serious overhaul!
Elk numbers in the Lolo have been declining for years, long before wolves were reintroduced. According to the RMEF there are approx 103,000 elk in Idaho. More than enough elk. In 23 of the 29 management zones, elk numbers meet target levels or exceed them.
Yet the slaughter will continue unless or until public outrage demands it be stopped. Idaho has taken off the gloves , 266 dead wolves in four months prove that. Are we going to sit silently by while they trap, shoot, aerial gun and snare Idaho’s beleaguered wolves? Or will you we make enough noise to be heard in Washington, DC?
Federal use of aerial sharpshooters to kill wolves draws fire
December 14, 2011|By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
A 2006 photo shows a U.S. agency plane covered with decals marking the number of wolves killed to protect other animals. With the practice set to resume soon, wildlife advocates cry foul.
It’s up to you.
Flood Secretary Salazar and the IDFG commissioners with calls and faxes. Let them know you DO NOT WANT YOUR TAX DOLLARS used to kill wolves. Demand they stop this brutality. Let them know there are elections coming up in 2012 and you’ll remember the Obama administration rubber stamped the decimation of wolves in the Northern Rockies. Don’t be rude but let them know you are outraged they would slaughter innocent Lolo wolves just to please special interests. Idaho thinks they are immune and can do what they want but the world is watching. Who wants to visit a state that treats their wolves like vermin?
Department of the Interior: Secretary Ken Salazar
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners
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