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Following the removal of Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves in 2011, the state of Idaho has waged an increasingly ugly assault against these animals.
Just this year, it passed into law the setting aside of nearly half a million dollars to exterminate 500 wolves. In December 2013, it hired a trapper to go into a federal wilderness area to kill two wolf packs, and it has announced that it intends to kill more. In February, the state gunned down 23 wolves from a helicopter to artificially bolster an area elk herd.
Idaho's Governor Otter famously said in 2007 that he wanted to be the first to kill an Idaho wolf after federal protections were taken away. Since then, almost 1,000 wolves have been killed.
Tell Governor Otter that these wolves were entrusted to Idaho, and that trust is being betrayed.
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Tuesday, June 3. 2014
IDAHO: WILDLIFE GROUP BLASTS IDAHO’S WOLF POLICY IN NEW AD CAMPAIGN
DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE
Posted on June 3, 2014 by TWIN Observer
Posted by Harrison Berry
A national wildlife conservation group is taking aim at Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s wolf policy.
In a two-week ad campaign, Defenders of Wildlife http://www.defenders.org/
hopes to reach out to Idaho voters and political leaders to rethink what the organization is calling a “statewide war on gray wolves.” The radio ads, which feature Idahoans expressing concern about the state’s wolf population, will air in the Boise and Spokane media markets over the next two weeks.
“We hope that by exposing what residents of Idaho really think of this war on wolves, Governor Otter might change course and start treating wolves like other wildlife,” wrote Defenders of Wildlife senior representative Suzanne Stone in a press release.
According to the 2013 winter wolf count, Idaho’s wolf population has declined from 856 individual wolves in 2009 to 659 in 2013. According to some elected officials and Idaho’s Wolf Control Board http://www.boiseweekly.com/CityDesk/archives/2014/03/23/tough-day-to-be-a-wolf-while-legislature-creates-wolf-kill-panel-idfg-expands-trapping
created during the 2013-14 legislative session, that number of wolves could be further reduced to 150 individuals by 2018.