wolves, © Robbie George/National Geographic Stock

Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up

Turning up the Heat Against Idaho’s Predator Derby: Last week we shared with you that we’re taking BLM to task for its approval of a wolf killing contest now slated to occur in January on wide expanses of public lands outside of Salmon, Idaho. Even after Defenders members submitted over 100,000 comments in opposition to the proposal, BLM approved the derby, failing to address the many potential adverse impacts from such an event, including impacts on local and regional wolf populations. If there’s any silver lining here, it is that this BLM’s approval is already getting significant news coverage. Having this news in the national spotlight will hopefully put more pressure on Department of the Interior to stop this before it occurs. And, you can be sure that we won’t stop working to put an end to this killing contest – in the courts, in the media, and on the ground with our members. Stay tuned!

Secretary Jewell has the power to reverse the BLM’s decision. Tell her to use it!

Red wolf, © Steve Hillebrand/USFWS

Red Wolf Recovery Program Reviewed: This week, the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI), an independent nonprofit conservation organization, provided an evaluation of the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service’s recovery program for red wolves. At Defenders, we feel the review signals that a more robust and throughout evaluation is needed. In response to the plan, Defenders of Wildlife President Jamie Rappaport Clark said: “This Wildlife Management Institute report shows that red wolves still have a long road ahead of them, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hasn’t finished the job. The report makes several points that echo Defenders of Wildlife’s stance on what red wolves needs to recover, including more room, better public support and an improved recovery plan based in sound science.”

Wolf Champion in Congress Takes On New Leadership Role: This week, Congressman Grijalva from Arizona was elected as Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, which is charged with preserving America’s public lands, nation’s parks, fisheries, wildlife, as well as oversight over Native American affairs and mineral land laws. Rep. Grijalva continues to be a champion for wolves and we’re thrilled to see him move into this important position in Congress. Earlier this year, Grijalva co-authored a letter — signed by 85 other bi-partisan Representatives — in which he urged Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to maintain Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection for gray wolves in the US. Our congratulations go out to Rep. Grijalva for this well-deserved honor!

8 Responses to “Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up”

  1. kim b

    To the person on facebook who said “a single dead wolf is a lonely wolf. Take them down in groups” you are a coward, would love to meet you with a two by 4 !!! Chicken sh_t. Your parents are to blame though for your narrow mind and your ignorance they must be the same way !!!! # GTFOH

  2. Mary Martin

    What kind of mentality would desire pleasure from such a gruesome activity – Oh yes the Idaho residents would – what a sick and sorry place to live. Learning a lot about you lot and the way you think and thank you God for putting me on the other side of the world. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED! But you never will be you are too sick in the head. Unless of course you get to using your head to think sanely.

  3. Ron E

    Well kimb its like this it really doesn’t matter whether taking out a wolf one at a time or taking them out as group rely doesn’t matter. And as long as the Wolf continues to destroy ranchers livestock and people loss there pet as well the States keep losing Elk Deer and Moose to this scourge you call a teddy bear, the wolf will continue to be removed. By any means that is fitting. Also your ranting and threats ring hollow. You do not do your case any good by idle threats and at its best shows how stupid you really are. So if you feel frogy by all means jump. I make no attempt at being anonyms as you. A little digging and you will learn who I am. I look forward to seeing you. Yours truly SSS

    • Carolyn

      Maybe two Ss would be more appropriate. And a little lightning design on your hat. I had a wolf in my lap, licking my wrists. An apex predator needs to eat as well as you or I. I lived near coyotes for years. My chain link fence, as well as two greyhounds, did a fine job of protecting my smaller dogs.
      Living with wolves and coyotes isn’t difficult if you protect what’s yours. I did for 25 years, and lost no animals to predators. Female greys are very protective and the small animals were safe.

  4. Marsha Frank

    When is the last time a wolf personally hurt or bothered you? EXACTLY… Never. These wolf hunts need to be outlawed and people need to be educated about it. After all, we took their home. Just leave them aline!!

  5. Marjorie

    I believe that people who enjoy killing animals for pleasure actually want to kill people. They may transfer that last at some point. Usually they turn their anger towards family members. Their families should be on guard.

  6. kim b

    Ms jewel DO YOUR JOB !!! And STOP the WOLF KILLING contest…. SHAME on you and The BLM.!!!! The BLOOD will be on your hands. Idahoans will be known as wolf killers. Right up there with micheal vick, the dog killer….

  7. Packprincess

    @ Ron Get your facts straight! There has not been a decrease in deer and elk from the wolves. The decrease in game is from the hunters and poachers. It is extremely rare that a wolf would ever harm humans. If a wolf attacks a pet, its most likely because the dog was in their territory and threatening their pack and all the wolf would probably do is just chase off the dog. Most wolves go after the sick and injured game, which actuality strengthens the herd.

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