426 Wolves Wiped Out in 2014 and It’s Not Over…

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Update: November 21, 2014

443 wolves killed 2014

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 November 18, 2014

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426 wolves have been wiped out since the beginning of 2014. Pups, alphas, whole packs, gone. The majority have been slaughtered in the ongoing  Idaho, Montana, Minnesota and Wisconsin wolf hunts. 17 wolves were killed in Wyoming’s “predator zone” before a federal judge recently relisted them. 3 wolves were killed in Washington state, even though they’re “protected” there. The Huckleberry Pack alpha female was shot by a WDFW sharpshooter from the air, the alpha female of the Teanaway Pack and a female wolf from the Smackout Pack, were both poached.  And I’m not even counting wolves killed by Wildlife Services this year or wolves killed in the 2014 part of the 2013/2014 hunts. That would push the total much higher.

The saddest part of all this are the hunts are far from over. Wildlife Services killings are not over.

This has to stop, we are traveling down that long, dark road of wolf eradication.

Please don’t give up on wolves, be their voice!  Speak out for them, they’re suffering, in the cold, in traps, shot, snared, torn from their families! We must work to end this nightmare! We are their only voice!

For the wolves, For the wild ones,

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The New War On Wolves…

As soon as federal protection ended, the slaughter began.

By J. William Gibson

December 8, 2011

Congress removed wolves in Montana and Idaho from the protection of the Endangered Species Act in April. And this fall, the killing began.

As of Wednesday, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game reported that 154 of its estimated 750 wolves had been “harvested” this year. Legal hunting and trapping — with both snares to strangle and leg traps to capture — will continue through the spring. And if hunting fails to reduce the wolf population sufficiently — to less than 150 wolves — the state says it will use airborne shooters to eliminate more.In Montana, hunters will be allowed to kill up to 220 wolves this season (or about 40% of the state’s roughly 550 wolves). To date, hunters have taken only about 100 wolves, prompting the state to extend the hunting season until the end of January. David Allen, president of the powerful Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, has said he thinks hunters can’t do the job, and he is urging the state to follow Idaho’s lead and “prepare for more aggressive wolf control methods, perhaps as early as summer 2012.”

 Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-gibson-the-war-on-wolves-20111208,0,822158.story?track=rss

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Posted in: Wolf Wars
Tags: J. William Gibson, LA Times, wolf scapegoating, wolf slaughter, Idaho wolf hunt, Montana wolf hunt, snares, traps

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.

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Trapped

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.

READ MORE: http://www.alaskamagazine.com/blogs/trapped
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The Art of Trapping Idaho’s Wolves

http://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/2011/11/21/the-art-of-trapping-idahos-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.

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

http://www.cdapress.com/news/outdoors/article_0d3899c9-0ddf-5103-8c51-140c6bb5eed6.html

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.

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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.

CONTACT

Governor Butch Otter

Phone: 208-334-2100

Fax: (208) 334-3454

http://www.gov.idaho.gov/ourgov/contact.html

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Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/about/commission/members.cfm

Panhandle Region

Tony McDermott

 Chairman, Idaho Fish & Game Commissioner

mcmule@msn.com

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Clearwater Region

Fred Trevey
fred.trevey@idfg.idaho.gov

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Southwest Region

Bob Barowsky
bbarowsky@fmtc.com

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Magic Valley Region

Wayne Wright
2wrights@cableone.net

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Southeast Region

Randy Budge
rcb@racinelaw.net

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Upper Snake Region

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Salmon Region

Gary Power
gpower@centurytel.net

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Idaho Fish and Game

IDFG Director Virgil Moore:

(208) 334-3771

virgil.moore@idfg.idaho.gov

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Jon Rachael, IDFG Wildlife Dept.

(208) 334-2920  

jon.rachael@idfg.idaho.gov

Idaho Fish and Game General Numbers Click Here

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Idaho tourism office

http://www.visitidaho.org/contact/

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

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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

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. http://www.kval.com/news/national/133901783.html

 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.

 PROTEST THIS ATROCITY AGAINST WOLVES & YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND PETS.

 PLEASE PHONE OR EMAIL – BE BRIEF, POLITE & SINCERE.

 IDFG Director Virgil Moore: (208) 334-3771 virgil.moore@idfg.idaho.gov

 Jon Rachael, IDFG Wildlife Dept. (208) 334-2920 jon.rachael@idfg.idaho.gov

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 Governor Butch Otter office – (208) 334-2100

Leave message with secretary.

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 EMAIL IDFG COMMISSIONERS

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/commission/?getPage=183

Tony McDermott, Chairman
Panhandle Region Commissioner
mcmule@msn.com
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Fred Trevey, Clearwater Region
fred.trevey@idfg.idaho.gov
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Gary Power, Salmon Region
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Randy Budge, SE Idaho Region
rcb@racinelaw.net
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Kenny Anderson, Upper Snake Region
kenny.anderson@idfg.idaho.gov
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Bob Barowsky, SW Idaho Region
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Dr. Wayne Wright, Magic Valley Region
2wrights@cableone.net

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

A Concerned Idaho Resident

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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

Idaho’s Deadly Wolf Hunt Proposal!! SPEAK OUT!!


Are the 81 Senators, who voted to delist wolves by budget rider, paying attention to what lies ahead for  wolves in Idaho?

We called, emailed and begged them not to turn wolves over to Montana and Idaho.  But they didn’t listen.  Did they think when they voted  for the budget wolf delisting rider it wouldn’t have consequences?

This is what awaits Idaho’s wolves in the up-coming 2o11 wolf hunt.

•There will be no quota on slaughtering wolves in much of the state.

•Pups born this Spring will lose their families and their lives right along with their parents.

•A ten week trapping season. Trappers can kill up to 5 wolves each.

(“Trappers may buy up to 3 tags with trapping license for use in those zones with an open trapping season in addition to 2 tags purchased for hunting; un-used tags from hunting season (up to 2) may also be used to tag trapped wolves.”)

•Hunters Can Kill Up Two Wolves Each.

•”Wolf seasons are Any-Weapon seasons.”

•”Electronic calls may be used statewide.”

•”Wolves may be taken incidentally during fall bear baiting.”

•A SEVEN MONTH LONG HUNT FROM AUGUST 30, 2011 TO MARCH 31, 2011

This is going to be wholesale slaughter. You are seeing what it means to “manage” wolves in Idaho.

There are approx 705 wolves in Idaho, not counting this years pups. Idaho wants to “manage” wolves down to 150 animals. If that isn’t horrific enough, what will stop them from going lower? That means hundreds and hundreds of wolves will lose their lives. If the hunters don’t do the trick then:

“Idaho will also rely on federal wolf hunters and airborne gunners to kill wolves”

“Wolf control actions will take place in and out of the hunting season,”

Is America going to sit by while Idaho slaughters wolves in the most unspeakable ways, along with the pups born this Spring?

Is America going to watch this horror show and do nothing?

Speak out people!

Stand up for wolves!

“•Early next week, Fish and Game will conduct a random survey of hunters and members of the general public about the 2011 wolf season proposal. The survey will also be posted on the 2011 wolf proposal webpage for other interested parties to offer input. Results will be made available at the Idaho Fish and Game Commission Meeting July 27, 28, 29 in Salmon.”

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/hunt/wolf/2011WolfKeyPoints.cfm

Please make sure you respond to this “survey’! I will post the link as soon as it’s up!

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Idaho’s 2011 Wolf Hunt Proposal

Boise, Idaho — Idaho’s Department Fish and Game published its proposal for a “carefully regulated general hunting season” on Friday.

Plans call for the proposal to be finalized on July 27th at the IDFG Commission meeting in Salmon.

Director Virgil Moore says the 2011 hunting season proposal would allow Idaho hunters to take up to two wolves each, while trappers in the Gem State would be allowed to take up to three wolves.

Click Here

To Read The Rest Of The Story

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Idaho wolf hunting rules don’t include quotas

By JOHN MILLER – Associated Press

Published: 07/08/11

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho wildlife managers won’t have quotas on wolves in much of the state for the upcoming hunting season as they seek to significantly reduce the population now estimated to number more than 1,000 animals in the state.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials announced the plan Friday, while Montana aims to sign off on its own wolf-hunting plan next week.

Idaho’s no-quota, general season in about three-quarters of its wolf country will please those who believe wolves have multiplied beyond acceptable levels but anger wildlife advocates who fear the state will manage wolves irresponsibly.

Read more: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2011/07/08/1719666/idaho-wolf-hunting-rules-dont.html#ixzz1RgvkMSKB
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From the IDFG Website:

Proposed Wolf Hunting Seasons

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/hunt/wolf/huntTable.cfm

Wolf Hunting Season Proposals

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/hunt/wolf/huntTable.cfm

Wolf Trapping Season Proposals

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/hunt/wolf/trapTable.cfm

Please click on the above links and READ.  It sounds like something from the dark ages!

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CONTACTS:

President Obama

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

OR

President Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

White House Phone Numbers: 202-456-1414 and 202-456-1111

comments@whitehouse.gov

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Department of the Interior: Secretary Ken Salazar

1-202-208-3100
E-Mail: feedback@ios.doi.gov
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240

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IDAHO

Governor Butch Otter

208.334.2100

http://gov.idaho.gov/WebRespond/contact_form.html

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Idaho Fish and Game

Directors Office: (208) 334-3772
Director: Virgil Moore
Deputy Director: Jim Unsworth

Headquarters Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 25

Boise, ID 83707

Headquarters Street / Walk-in Address:

600 S. Walnut
Boise, ID 83712

Telephone: (208) 334-3700
Fax: (208) 334-2148 / (208) 334-2114

Idaho Fish and Game…click here

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Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/about/commission/members.cfm

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Idaho tourism office

http://www.visitidaho.org/contact/

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Write the Potato Commission

http://contact.idahopotato.com/

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Idaho Wildlife Services

George Graves, Idaho
Wildlife Services Acting State Director
9134 W. Blackeagle Drive
Boise, ID 83709-1572
Phone: (208) 378-5077
FAX: (208) 378-5349
Toll-Free Number: 1-866-4USDAWS
(1-866-487-3297)
E-mail: george.e.graves@aphis.usda.gov
www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage/

From the Idaho Statesman:

Idaho will also rely on federal wolf hunters and airborne gunners to kill wolves blamed for killing too many livestock or big game like elk. The hunting public is still forbidden from using planes to shoot wolves.

 “Wolf control actions will take place in and out of the hunting season,” Moore promised.”

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Idaho Newspapers

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•Post-Register, Idaho Falls

www.postregister.com

e-mail: taulcore@postregister.com

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•Idaho State Journal

Pocatello and SE Idaho

305 S. Arthur, Pocatello ID  83204

Press Release E-mail: pressrelease@journalnet.com
Letters to the Editor E-mail: letters@journalnet.com

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•The Times-News

http://www.magicvalley.com

Box 548, Twin Falls ID  83303

Phone: 733-0931
Limit letters to 400 words. Longer letters will be shortened. The Times-News reserves the right to edit all letters.

E-mail  letters@magicvalley.com

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•Idaho Statesman

1200 N. Curtis Road

Boise, Idaho 83706

Editorial@idahostatesman.com

MAILING: Rocky Barker, Environment; Pete Zimowski (?) outdoor editor P.O. Box 40 Boise, ID 83707

News (main office)  (208) 377-6449 FAX 208/377-6449

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•The Coeur d’ Alene Press

Phone number: 208-664-8176

Address: 201 N. Second St
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814

Letters to the editor: mpatrick@cdapress.com

CDAPress.com

http://www.cdapress.com/

Top Photo: Courtesy of scubadive67 Flickr Commons
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Bottom Photo: Courtesy of peupleloup  Flickr Commons
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Posted In: Wolf Wars, Animal Cruelty
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Tags: animal cruelty, wolf persecution, wolf slaughter, Idaho wolves in peril, stand up for wolves, wolf trapping, archery, snares. IDFG
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