Gray Wolf, © Joan Poor

Wolf Weekly Wrap Up

Another Predator Killing Derby Proposed in Idaho: Idaho for Wildlife, a “hunters’ rights organization”, has requested permission from the Bureau of Land Management to hold a three day predator-killing contest starting in January, 2015 on wide expanses of national public lands around Salmon, Idaho. The proposal requests permission to kill a range of different species in the area – including wolves, weasels, coyotes, and even jackrabbits. Last year, the same group scheduled a wolf-killing competition in December in the same area. Thankfully, no wolves were killed during that 48 hour wolf killing competition, but this year’s proposed derby is intended to be bigger and longer. Indeed, if Idaho for Wildlife has its way, this derby would enable up to 500 hunters to kill a vast array of predators and other wildlife with no regard for what this would do to the area’s ecosystem health – and they would conduct this event every year for the next five years.

Wolf, © Didier J. Lindsey

We don’t need to tell you that condoning predator killing derbies is all too reminiscent of the policies of slaughter and extermination tactics that led to the near extinction of wolves, grizzly bears and other imperiled wildlife in the early 1900s. There is no excuse for this in the 21st century of wildlife management, not when we have effective non-lethal management tools available to manage our wildlife. You can help us stop this by telling the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at the Department of the Interior to deny the request to conduct this organized killing spree.

Calling all Arizona and New Mexico Residents: We Need You at an Upcoming Hearing to Help Us Protect Mexican Gray Wolves: We’ve been keeping you updated about a new proposal from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that if passed, will change the rules about how Mexican gray wolves are managed in the wild. Today there are fewer than 90 wild Mexican gray wolves, but this proposed rule would make it easier for people to kill these endangered animals. While the proposed rule will provide a little help to the current struggling population, in the long run it will assure that Mexican gray wolves can never fully recover, because it bars them from the habitats that scientists say are essential for recovery. We need to tell the Service to make this rule work for wolves! Thankfully we have an opportunity to do just that. If you are a New Mexico or Arizona resident, we need your help. Join us for a public hearing next week on August 11th (Pinetop, AZ) or August 13th (Truth or Consequences, NM) to tell the Service that the public wants full recovery of Mexican gray wolves. If you want to testify, we’ll show you how. Even if you don’t want to speak, just showing up will help the wolves.

12 Responses to “Wolf Weekly Wrap Up”

  1. Barbara Chichester

    And then there were none, wolves that is. And the balance of nature was destroyed.

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  2. Barbara Bussell

    Governor Otter is a Rancher and is out to have all wolves killed. He doesn’t care how it is done.
    Do not believe any thing he says. Sorry, I have had dealings with him. Emailing him and calling him.

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  3. Patti Knox

    Stop the slaughter!! Wolves belong to us all, not just the blood-thirsty who call shooting them a sport!!

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  4. Gail Morris

    Over the last few years there has been an effort to reestablish the wolf. Please do not allow this hunt for wolves. They deserve to live not be gunned down by blood thirsty humans wanting a thrill. Thank you.

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  5. Arianne Townshend

    I am sickened by the barbarism and cruelty that we continue to visit on the natural world. In the face of the imminent demise of our planet, and the extinction of hundreds of thousands of species, those in whom the public trust has been invested remain in a nineteenth-century wildlife-slaughter mind set. That the BLM would even entertain the possibility of a wildlife slaughter in some kind of machismo contest just astonishes me. I guess we will have to destroy everything before we begin to recognize its value. I am heartbroken.

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  6. kathie rosvalll

    I wanted to donate $30.00 to the “triple” gift, sent to me in the USPS, referring to helping wolves. I prefer to donate on-line, and do not want any gifts back, but rather want you to spend all of the $$ on WOLVES. THANK YOU, Kathie Rosvall

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  7. Flora Miller

    Did you know that Idaho is advertised and having the greatest square mileage of wilderness land than any other state in the lower 48 states? And, yet there just doesn’t seem to be enough land for 683 wolves!

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  8. Alexander Yeung

    Everyone tell anyone like friend, family, love one about this hunter right campaign that will spell disaster to our ecosystem.

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  9. Maria Riley

    I believe that they need to be protected before it’s to late magnificent animals that have more to them then meets the eye They do what they must to survive unlike humans who kill for sport not survival

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