Idaho can’t seem to stop killing wolves. In early February, according to an IDFG press release, Idaho Wildlife Services swept down in their aerial gunships and slaughtered 14 innocent Lolo wolves. Their excuse? What else? Blaming wolves for elk declines in the Lolo, even though elk have been declining in the Lolo long before wolves were reintroduced.
This is the height of wolf breeding season. How many of those fourteen wolves were pregnant? Killing two birds with one stone? Did they wait until breeding season to wipe out the next generation of Lolo wolves along with their mothers?
Idaho Department of Fish and Game Spends $22,500 to Kill 14 Wolves in the Lolo Zone
By Ken Cole On February 22, 2012
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game issued a press release this afternoon stating that in early February, USDA Wildlife Services killed 14 wolves from helicopters in the Lolo Zone.
Is this killing spree ever going to end? Just yesterday the Idaho Senate Resources and Environment Committee voted to send Siddoway’s “Wolf Killing Live Bait” bill to the full Senate for a vote.
“The bill would let livestock owners whose animals are molested by wolves shoot the wolves from motorized vehicles, powered parachutes, helicopters or fixed-wing planes, by night or day, using rifles, pistols, shotguns, or crossbows, night scopes, electronic calls, and traps with live bait.
On top of that we have the latest horror of 14 dead Lolo wolves. 321 wolves have been killed in the hunt, which doesn’t end until March 31, 2012 and stretches until June 2012 in the Lolo and Selway zones.
Idaho is a killing zone for wolves. The persecuted animals need their federal protections back and the way Idaho is killing wolves, it won’t be long before wolves are relisted. The state is proving it CANNOT and SHOULD not be allowed to “manage” wolves.
Aerial gunners kill 14 wolves in North Idaho
Photo: Courtesy the Missoulian
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Tags: Lolo wolves, Aerial gunning, 14 Lolo wolves dead, Wolf Wars, wolf scapegoating