Aerial Gunning Halted After Five Innocent Wolves Are Slaughtered…

Were any pups like these left to starve after five wolves were aerial gunned in the Lolo?

It looks like the Idaho Wildlife Services wolf killers took some heat for aerial gunning innocent wolves during pupping season…so they’ve halted it but make no mistake they’re still going to go after the Lolo wolves.

People were outraged by the aerial gunning but most don’t realize Wildlife Services (what a misnomer) aerial gunning of wolves is part of their repertoire, it doesn’t just happen in Alaska. as you can see death reigns down from the skies in the Northern Rockies too.

As one of the many examples they went into Stanley, Idaho, Thanksgiving week, 2009 and gunned  the remainder of the Basin Butte pack.

“Thanksgiving week 2009, everyone was busy planning their holiday with family. It was a time for reflection and thanks. But over a two day period, November 23 & 24,  at Stanley, Idaho, Wildlife Services launched a covert operation that is now known as the Thanksgiving Week Massacre. Wildlife Services (WS) is a misnamed federal agency that kills wildlife for the benefit of agriculture, mainly the livestock industry.

Locals watched in horror as WS agents, in a plane and red helicopter, chased down and shot dead seven members of the Basin Butte wolf pack. Two wolves were killed on a rancher’s private property, the rest on National Forest land.  Among the Thanksgiving week victims were the pack’s mother, B171 “Alpha Fe”, her three seven-month old PUPS and three other wolves. A total of ELEVEN Basin Butte wolves have been killed since late July.”

From the Missoulian:

“State officials want to kill up to 60 wolves in the region, leaving about 20 or 30, in the wake of the Obama Administration removing the predators from Endangered Species Act protections last month.”

This is their new brilliant wolf killing plan:

“‘hunting outfitters and their guides in the Lolo Zone have been authorized to shoot wolves during the spring bear hunting season”

Idaho Spring Bear Hunt Information

They’re basically just changing tactics.  Don’t be fooled they are still going after those wolves.


Hunt halted after aerial gunners kill at least 5 wolves in north-central Idaho

Photo: Courtesy All About Wolves

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves

Tags: aerial gunning brutal. killing wolves during pupping season, starving pups?, brutality of “state management”, Lolo zone wolves under the gun

It’s Pupping Season, Idaho Is Preparing To Aerial Gun Lolo Wolves….

From the Lewiston Journal Online:

Aerial gunning of wolves in the Lolo Zone could begin “with all due haste,” if the animals are delisted by the end of this week, said Idaho Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore at Lewiston this morning.”

Yes, the state of Idaho is going to carry out their plan to kill 5o wolves in the Lolo,  a misguided attempt to increase elk numbers.  This is just another excuse to kill wolves, using the 10j, right in the middle of wolf pupping season. Elk numbers in the Lolo have been declining for years, before wolves were even reintroduced to Idaho, many factors contributed to this, yet once again wolves have been scapegoated.  This wolf kill is not going to help elk because the supposed “saved elk” will then be targets of  hunters when  hunting season rolls around. Killing predators to increase game herds is backward, 19th century policy.

Let’s put this puzzle together. It looks like USFWS is planning on publishing the wolf delisting rule by the end of this week, making the delisting of wolves official.

Remember Congress passed the “budget wolf delisting bill” and Obama signed it into law, effectively stripping gray wolves in the Northern Rockies of their ESA protections.

“Language attached to a budget bill by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama last month ordered the federal wildlife agency to reissue a 2009 rule that delisted wolves. The law also insulates the rule from court challenge.”

After Obama signed the bill on April 16, the USFWS had sixty days to publish the delisting rule.  It looks like they are not going to waste anytime doing it. Why? Because Idaho wants to aerial gun 50 Lolo wolves while there is still snow on the ground. Nice huh?

“We believe there is still enough snow on the ground that we can pursue those animals via aerial gunning and try to reduce those numbers,” 

The department is scrambling to find aircraft to carry out the mission before snow melts and will seek assistance from federal wildlife agents to do the shooting. Once snow has melted, trapping will be used in the Lolo Zone.

Wolf puppies are being born right now and Idaho is planning on carrying out a wolf slaughter in the Lolo during pupping season, which will be a death sentence for the helpless pups, who’ll be left to starve.

Puppies just like these.

Babies will be losing  their lives along with their parents in the Idaho Lolo zone very soon. Will people stand up in protest? Do Americans want their tax dollars used to aerial gun wolves for no other reason then to carry out a disgusting scheme to increase elk numbers for hunters,  leaving wolf pups as collateral damage?

Where is the media on this?  Where is the outrage? Are we now a country that accepts the killing of wolves during pupping season as normal behavior?  How is this not animal cruelty? Please explain to me how this does not qualify as animal abuse?

Please spread the word about this terrible tragedy. If you have any media contacts, use them. Tell the story of what’s  facing the poor helpless Idaho wolves, who only want to live in peace and have their puppies.

Breaking News

Fish and Game: Aerial shooting of Lolo wolves near

May 3, 2011, 10:17 am


Photo: Courtesy All About Wolves

Posted in: Wolf Wars,  Idaho wolves

Tags: IDFG,  Proposed Lolo wolf slaughter, pupping season, starving pups?

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