Yesterday the Federal Endangered Species Act protection of the wolves was lifted
in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming
, giving those states management of the estimated 1,500 gray wolves in the region. So the State of Idaho's Dept of Fish and Game is planning to allow the hunting of 100 - 300 wolves to take place starting this fall according to this story from the Associated Press.
Contact the Idaho Dept of Fish and Game
and let them know what you think about their plans:Telephone:
(208) 334-3700 Fax:
(208) 334-2148 / (208) 334-2114
Ron Gilett, owner of the Triangle C ranch
a guide and outfitter business for hunters, is the leading proponent in favor of wolf hunts. In a recent article
, Gilett is quoted as saying that wolves are the "most cruel, vicious predators in North America.", not to mention the fact that they're cutting into his business of running hunting outings for Elk.
You can contact Ron and the Triangle Ce ranch and let him know what you think about his position on wolves here:TRIANGLE C RANCH
P. O. Box 69-MU
Stanley, ID 83278
An organization called EarthJustice
is planning to sue the Federal government in April to resume the protection of wolves under FESA.
The following organizations are acting to help stop the legalization of wolf hunting: Please contact them and ask what you can do to help.Contact:
Suzanne Asha Stone, Defenders of Wildlife, (208) 861-4655
Louisa Willcox, Natural Resources Defense Council, (406) 222-9561
Doug Honnold, Earthjustice, (406) 586-9699
Franz Camenzind, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, (307) 733-9417
Melanie Stein, Sierra Club, (307) 733-4557
Michael Robinson, Center for Biological Diversity, (575) 313-7017
In today's Washington Post, Jim Doherty makes the point that wolves are the cure for what ails us:
"This is what I see going on in my neck of the woods, in the southwestern part of the state. Hungry deer are swarming over our evergreens and fruit trees like hooved locusts. Native plants are disappearing, and most of the wild-growing cherry, oak and maple saplings have long since been chewed up. Just as alarming, scientists have discovered a link between overcrowding and the spread of chronic wasting disease, a deadly brain infection that affects deer. And deer aren't the only problem. A number of national parks and forests in the West are contending with the severe environmental consequences of exploding elk populations. One solution some planners are considering involves, wouldn't you know, reintroducing wolves. So here we are. We understand that wolves are a cure for what ails us, and yet we're getting ready to start slaughtering them all over again. The only thing that can prevent this is an aroused public, which has yet to show any signs of materializing."
Please read Doherty's article in full, educate yourself about the issue, and then take action to protect our wolf populations today.