“Activists Take Over OCA Meeting, Call Attention to Anti-Wolf Legislation”….

As we plan our response to the Siddoway “Live Bait, Kill Bill“, I want to share a video of activists standing up for wolves against the livestock industry, protesting HB 4158. The bill died in the Oregon Senate Committee today but it could be back.

On February 10, 2012 the Seattle and  Portland Animal Defense Leagues along with  Cascadia Earth First took over a Oregon Cattlemen’s Assoc. meeting.

Click here to watch the vide0 on a larger screen and read Portland Animal Defense League’s statement:



Video: Courtesy Portland Animal Defense League

Photo: Courtesy ODFW

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Oregon Wolves, Activism

Tags: OCA meeting, Oregon wolves, Portland Animal Defense League, Seattle Animal Defense League, Cascadia Earth First, HB4158

OH NO….The Idaho Live Bait Kill Wolves Bill…Voted Out of Committee..Goes To Senate For Vote!!!!

The Face Of “Live Bait”??????

UPDATE: February 22, 2012

Such horrible news. This disgusting bill was voted out of committee today by 7-2. Both Democrats voted no. Now it goes to the full Idaho Senate for a vote. It will have a first, second and third reading…then a vote. If it makes it out of the Senate it goes to the Idaho House. You know Otter will sign it if it clears both houses. This is the worst possible news. I feel so bad,  I gave you good news about Oregon’s bad bill 4158 and now this.

We need to gear up for a major push to stop this horrible bill!! We can start by contacting members of the Idaho Senate.

Idaho Senate 



Wolf bill could backfire on Idaho

By ROCKY BARKER — rbarker@idahostatesman.com

Posted: 12:00am on Feb 23, 2012

Read more: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/02/23/2006075/wolf-bill-could-backfire-on-idaho.html#storylink=cpy


February 21, 2012

Here’s the run down on the “Live Bait, Wolf Kill Bill” that was discussed yesterday by the Idaho SENATE RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE. Seriously this is so upsetting to me I can hardly stand to comment on it. It’s  a witch hunt rivaling the Salem Witch hunt.

There has been no vote on this disgusting bill BUT the committee meets again,TODAY,  Wednesday, February 22, 2012 and their could be a vote. We don’t have much time!!


Friends of the Clearwater

FEBRUARY 21, 2012
Contact: Brett Haverstick (208) 882-9755
Gary Macfarlane (208) 882-9755

Group outraged at Idaho SB 1305-Using “Live-Bait” to kill Grey Wolves

BOISE–Friends of the Clearwater traveled to the state capitol yesterday and attended the Senate Resources and Environment Committee hearing for Senate Bill 1305. More wolves will die if sheep grower and Idaho State Senator Jeff Siddoway’s bill is approved. According to Siddoway, as quoted in the Idaho Statesman, “You can basically go after them [wolves] by any means possible. And when I say get ’em, I mean kill ’em.” Over 280 wolves have been shot, trapped or snared in Idaho since the state’s wolf hunt commenced in August 2011.

The bill would allow ranchers to use ultralight aircraft for tracking and killing wolves, as well as the use of “live-bait” to lure in wolves. Although Siddoway claimed that it was not his intent, the broad language in the bill does not require a livestock owner with a kill-permit to protect the “live-bait”, nor does it outline what the “live-bait” could be. “Some might use dogs as bait,” Siddoway exclaimed.

Wolves are a rare and imperiled species in the lower 48, regardless of federal delisting by Congress and President Obama in a 2011 budget rider. “Despite anti-wolf rhetoric and deliberate distortion of the facts, wolves and other top predators strengthen elk and deer herds and allow damaged riparian systems to recover,” Education & Outreach Director Brett Haverstick explained. “Protections are already in place for livestock owners experiencing depredation problems. No one wants to talk about the fact that less than 1% of livestock depredation in the Northern Rockies is due to wolves though. Nor the fact that domestic sheep herds are wiping out wild bighorn sheep. This bill is also cruel and barbaric.”

According to the Environmental Working Group, the Siddoway Sheep Company received over $900,000.00 in wool and sheep meat subsidies between 1995-2010. Siddoway is an Idaho landowner who grazes his livestock on public lands and holds public grazing permits. He is a past president of the Idaho Woolgrowers, a former Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner, and a current state senator. “Siddoway is no friend to wildlife or public lands,” concluded Haverstick.


Just want to remind everyone how we got to this awful place.  Senate Democrats and President Obama removed wolves ESA protections in the Northern Rockies last year via budget rider, turning them over to people like Jeff Siddoway. In other words offering wolves up as sacrificial lambs (pun intended) to their enemies.  Mark Bekoff , professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of Colorado-Boulder, said it best:

“We killed wolves, we reintroduced wolves, and now they’ve been removed from the Endangered Species Act,” Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of Colorado-Boulder, said. “So there’s a real ethical dilemma here. You kill animals and you bring them back and then you kill them again and so it’s a waste of time, a lot of person power and money.”

Proposed Idaho legislation could let ranchers use dogs as live bait to kill wolves

7:05 PM, Feb 20, 2012



Meanwhile, Idaho sheep ranchers made lots of cash raising sheep in 2010. In fact 2010 was a banner year and the income from raising sheep was the largest since 1984.  I guess wolves haven’t killed all the sheep in Idaho.  There  are 235,000 sheep in Idaho and the main predator of sheep is the coyote, responsible for 60% of  sheep loss, followed by the domestic dog at 13.35%.  Wolves control coyote numbers. so fewer wolves mean more coyotes.  Of course, common sense and facts don’t have anything to do with the dog and pony show playing out in the Idaho Senate.

Coyotes were responsible for 60.5% of all deaths, with the next largest being domestic dogs at 13.3%.[7] Other North American predators of sheep included cougars (5.7%), bobcats (4.9%)eagles (2.8%)bears (3.8%), and foxes (1.9%).[7] Wolves, ravens, vultures, and other animals together made up the remaining 7.1% of deaths.[7]”

Wikipedia Commons


Idaho sheep, lamb growers report healthy revenue

Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 12:00 am

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho sheep and lamb growers made more money in 2010 than in any year since 1984, the Idaho Department of Agriculture says.

 The agency reports that receipts totaled $22.7 million last year, a 38 percent increase from 2009. Officials tell the Idaho Business Review  that short supplies are driving up prices.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service says the number of sheep and lambs in the state rose 6 percent in 2010 to 235,000, and the American Sheep Industry Association is encouraging sheep ranchers to increase flocks by two ewes per 100 by April 2014.

“We need to fill the traditional market channel to keep American lamb in the largest grocery store chains and in the restaurant chains,” said Clint Krebs, the sheep association’s vice president. “Additionally, we need our wool companies to fill the pipeline for U.S. military use of our wool. Combining the growing ethnic market with the need to keep traditional companies operating means we need to produce more.”

Barry Duelke is a veterinarian in Buhl in south-central Idaho who also has 2,000 sheep. He serves on the board of the Idaho Wool Growers Association.

He said the industry faces challenges with federal range policies, environmental groups concerned about sheep on public land, and an increase in predators.

“We have got an environment community that wants to kill the range industry in this state,” he said.

He also said feed for sheep has become more expensive, and that it’s difficult to find sheepherders who can handle the tough conditions of the job.

“Domestic sheep herders have not been available for a very long time,” Duelke said. “That very definitely has something to do with the attrition rate in the industry.”

READ MOREhttp://www.idahopress.com/news/idaho-sheep-lamb-growers-report-healthy-revenue/article_d1e396da-f880-11e0-ad2c-001cc4c03286.html



The committee meets Today, Wednesday 22, 2012. Please try to call as many committee members as you can,  I would call the Democrats first, Michelle  Stennett and Elliot Werk. They will  be receptive to your comments. Be polite but let them know what you think of this bill. Also call IDFG, they don’t sound too keen on this bill. 

I suggest writing letters to the editor. Spread the word. This cannot stand!!!! We can’t allow animals to be used as live bait, it’s animal cruelty. The bait animals will be in stark terror IF they’re not killed!! And wolves, what fresh hell are they going to cook up for them next? Does Idaho realize what this is doing to the reputation of the state?

Resources and Environment Committee Members

M, W, F, 1:30 pm, Room WW55
Secretary: Juanita Budell



Elliot  Werk (D)   E-mail  VOTED NO
District 17
6810 Randolph Dr., Boise, 83709
Bus (208) 658-0388
Local Government & Taxation
Resources & Environment


Michelle  Stennett (D)  E-mail   VOTED NO
Minority Caucus Chair
District 25
P.O. Box 475, Ketchum, 83340
Home (208) 726-8106
Commerce & Human Resources
Resources & Environment
State Affairs


Monty  J.  Pearce (R)    E-mail  VOTED YES
District 9
2001 County Line Rd., New Plymouth, 83655
Home (208) 278-5408
Resources & Environment – Chair 
Agricultural Affairs


Jeff  C.  Siddoway (R) E-mail   VOTED YES
District 35
1764 E. 1200 N., Terreton, 83450
Home (208) 663-4585
FAX (208) 663-4428
Agricultural Affairs – Chair
Local Government & Taxation
Resources & Environment


Steve  Bair (R)     E-mail   VOTED YES
District 28
947 W. 200 S., Blackfoot, 83221
Home (208) 684-5209
FAX (208) 684-5209
Resources & Environment – Vice Chair 


Dean  L.  Cameron (R)     E-mail  VOTED YES
District 26
1101 Ruby Dr., Rupert, 83350
Home (208) 436-5624
Bus (208) 436-4424
FAX (208) 436-3776
Owner, Insurance & Investment Agency
Finance – Chair
Commerce & Human Resources
Resources & Environment


Bert  Brackett (R)     E-mail  VOTED YES
District 23
48331 Three Creek Highway, Rogerson, 83302
Home (208) 857-2217
Transportation – Vice Chair
Resources & Environment


Lee  Heider (R)     E-mail    VOTED YES
District 24
1631 Richmond Dr., Twin Falls, 83301
Home (208) 734-8864
Health & Welfare
Resources & Environment


John  Tippets (R)     E-mail VOTED YES
District 31
610 Red Canyon Road, Montpelier, 83254
Home (208) 847-2876
Bus (208) 547-1823
Public Affairs Manager
Commerce & Human Resources
Resources & Environment



Virgil Moore: 208-334-3771


Photo: Chained puppy,  PETA

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves

Tags: S1305,  abomination, Idaho Senate,  Resources and Environment Committee, Jeff Siddoway, wolf persecution, using animals for live bait, depraved, stop the madness, witch hunt

Published in: on February 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm  Comments (61)  

Good News Warriors!! Oregon Bill 4158 Is Dead (For Now)…

Update: February 22, 2012

We can celebrate today and that’s  something we don’t have a chance to do very often.  Oregon bill 4158 is dead.

Remember it was just voted out of Oregon’s House of Representatives by a vote of 42-15 and was headed to the Senate BUT  it didn’t meet the scheduling deadline, so it won’t be heard by the Senate Committee!!  YES!!!! It’s dead as a door nail (for now) but it could rear its ugly head in the future. We don’t have to think about that now, we can celebrate today. OR7’s father and sibling are safe!! A victory!


UPDATE: February 22, 2012 (Idaho Senate Live Bait, Kill Wolves Bill)

Now we hold our breath to see what happens with that  abomination, Senate Bill 1305, the Idaho Live Bait, Kill Wolves Bill.   I will let you know as soon as I know.

From Friends of the Clearwater

The Resources and Environment Committee in the Idaho Legislature is considering passing Senate Bill 1305, which would authorize ranchers to use ultralight aircraft to track and kill wolves suspected of depredation. The proposed bill would also allow the use of “live-bait” to lure wolves in so they can be killed. The current language in the bill does not specify what is or isn’t “live-bait” but bill sponsor Jeff Siddoway said, “Some might use dogs as bait.”

Please call committee secretary Juanita Budell at (208) 332-1323, Senator Monty Pearce at (208) 278-5408, Senator Siddoway at (208) 332-1342, Senator Elliot Werk at (208) 332-1352 and Senator Michelle Stennett at (208) 332-1353. Tell them this bill is barbaric and should not be passed out of committee.

Over 280 wolves have been killed so far in Idaho via hunting or trapping. The war on wolves needs to stop at some point.

And if you are an out-of-state resident tell them your won’t be visiting and/or spending money in a state that is doing anything and everything to eliminate wolves from your public lands.


ACTION ALERT: Oregon Wolves Need Your Help! Little Red Riding Hood Syndrome Epidemic!

Little Red Riding Hood Syndrome

Update:February 19, 2012

As I discussed in a previous post, Oregon HB 4158, would make it easier to persecute and kill  Oregon’s tiny wolf population for supposed livestock depredation.

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is pushing hard for this legislation. Unfortunately the bill was passed by the Oregon House on Friday, February 17, by a vote of 42-15. It now moves to the Senate for a vote. It has a better chance of being voted down in the Senate.

“HB4158 now goes to the Senate, where Democrats hold a 16-14 advantage.”

If the bill passes the Oregon Senate the only thing stopping it from becoming law is a veto by Oregon Governor Kitzhaber.

Please continue to call Governor Kitzhaber and let him know America supports Oregon’s fledging wolf population and does not want them  slaughtered on the altar of the sacred cow.

As I’ve stated over and over, 51,000 Oregon cattle were lost to non-predation causes in 2010, including disease, weather, calving and theft. Compare those numbers against the 20 cow deaths blamed on the Imnaha pack and you can see the hysteria driving the persecution of Oregon’s wolves. Anyone who possesses the power of reason knows that in a state with a million cows, 20 cattle deaths blamed on wolves would not even register as any kind of threat. Why are Oregon ranchers so silent about the thousands and thousands of cattle losses to non-wolf causes? I’ll tell you why, it doesn’t fit into their wolf demonization campaign.

The Imnaha pack is the iconic Journey’s (OR7) natal pack. They want to kill his father and sibling. This would effectively destroy the Imnaha pack and leave the alpha female, Sophie (B-300) and her offspring, as the only surviving members.

Conservationists believe the bill is a response to the Oregon Court of Appeals stay of the kill order issued against the Imnaha alpha male and sub-adult.

“Conservation groups sued the state last year to stop plans to kill the wolves. They say the legislation is an attempt to get around their lawsuit and the state Endangered Species Act. Ranchers say the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife should make decisions about wolves, not judges, based on a wolf management plan already in

This bill is reminiscent of the infamous wolf delisting rider, attached to a spending bill last year, which ultimately passed the US Senate and was  signed into law by President Obama, stripping ESA protections from wolves in the Northern Rockies.  Due to that betrayal of wolves by the Democrats, the anti-wolf forces have learned they can circumvent the court system by turning to friendly pro-ranching state legislatures to get what they want. If the courts don’t rule in their favor, as in the case of the Oregon Court of Appeals stay, then they’ll just take their case to politicians to get it done. When wolves were delisted by budget rider last year,  I knew it would open the flood gates to do an end-round the court system. Now any endangered species can be delisted if  they become inconvenient to special interests.

Please act now for Oregon wolves.

Contact the Oregon Senate and Governor Kitzhaber.

Continue to sign the petition to the Governor!!


The Governor of OR: SAVE OREGON’S 29 WOLVES, oppose HB 4158

Petition Letter


We, the undersigned, urge you to oppose HB 4158, a bill proposed by the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, which allows killing of wolves to address livestock depredation and declares a “state of emergency.” With less than 30 wolves in the entire state, we find this declaration absurd. We, and most Oregonians, highly value our wildlife and strongly support endangered species protection and the return of wolves to Oregon, and their strong recovery.

Oregon has less than 30 confirmed wolves in the entire state and approximately 1.3 million cows. We feel that a Bill establishing a “state of emergency” over the presence of a tentatively recovering endangered wolf population is an attempt to bypass the Oregon Endangered Species Act and would set a dangerous precedent which could be used to circumvent protections of other endangered species at the behest of special interests. Furthermore, we believe it is an effort to short-circuit current litigation which aims to clarify the relationship of the state Endangered Species Act with the Oregon Wolf Plan.

Statements by Oregon Cattlemen’s Association members and officers constantly stress the aim of lethal removal over the use of non-lethal measures and tools, which they routinely disparage. As quoted in the Lewiston Tribune Online, 7/2/11, OCA Wolf committee Chair Rod Childers said, “To be able to move to lethal control we as producers have to show we tried nonlethal actions. I can’t say if it works or not, it is just things we have been told we have to do, and the whole key to me is getting them to move to lethal control,…” With this in mind, we believe HB 4158 to be an attempt to weaken the commitment to non-lethal measures.

With so many critical issues before this short session of the legislature, devoting precious time to this controversial and unnecessary Bill is a mistake.

Please oppose HB 4158.

Thank you.

[Your name]

Click Here To Sign Petition

Alpha male of the Imnaha pack. He was slated for death until the Oregon Court of Appeals stayed the “kill order”.  If this bill passes the Senate and is signed into law by Governor Kitzhaber, this  wolf will be killed.  He is OR7′s father.



Gov. John Kitzhaber

Governor’s Citizens’ Representative Message Line

Fax: 503-378-6827

Governor Kitzhaber
160 State Capitol
900 Court Street
Salem, Oregon 97301-4047


Oregon Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources



Sen. Jackie Dingfelder


Sen. Alan Olsen


Sen. Mark Hass

Sen. Floyd Prozanski

Sen. Chuck Thomsen


Senator Jackie Dingfelder 

Party: D  District: 23
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1723
District Phone: 503-493-2804
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-407, Salem, OR, 97301
District Office Address: PO Box 13432, Portland, OR, 97213
Email: sen.jackiedingfelder@state.or.us
Website: http://www.leg.state.or.us/dingfelder


Senator Peter Courtney

Party: D  District: 11
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1600
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-201, Salem, OR, 97301
Email: sen.petercourtney@state.or.us
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Oregon State Senate



State House Votes To Ease Killing Of Ore. Wolves

JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press

POSTED: 11:42 am PST February 17, 2012



September 27, 2011

Oregon’s wolves are more important than cattle



Top Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Bottom Photo: Courtesy ODFW

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Oregon Wolves

Tags: Urgent action needed, sign petition, HB 4158, Oregon House of Representatives, Oregon Governor Kitzhaber, Imnaha pack, Oregon tiny wolf population, B-300, Oregon Cattlemen’s Assoc., OR-7′s natal pack

Published in: on February 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm  Comments (3)  
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