The Department of Agriculture and the state of Idaho are planning to kill up to 80 percent of the wolves in the central part of the state. They would decimate entire packs of wolves, gunning them down from helicopters and killing defenseless wolf pups in their dens through the use of poisonous gas.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service must study and approve the proposal.
Ask that they intervene and stop USDA's Wildlife Services from slaughtering protected wolves.
- U.S. Department of Interior
Secretary Ken Salazar
Re: Wildlife Services Idaho Wolf EA
I am writing to urge you to stop the USDA--Wildlife Services and the state of Idaho from moving ahead with plans to dramatically cull wolf populations in Idaho. I oppose plans to use aerial gunning, sterilization of alpha wolves, and the gassing of wolf pups in their dens!
Wolves are a valuable and historic part of the Western landscape. Wolves keeps deer and elk from lingering too long in one place and over-grazing the vegetation. Also, wolf-watching contributes $35 million annually to communities in the region, according to a University of Montana study.
Wildlife Service claims that such drastic action is needed to address livestock predation as well as elk herd declines. Yet, according to a recent report by Idaho Fish and Game, elk are within or above management objective in 23 of 29 elk management areas. Additionally, there are many nonlethal steps ranchers can take to effectively prevent livestock loss to wolves.
I urge you to make all gray wolf-related decisions based on the best available science. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should issue a full biological opinion on the Wildlife Services Draft Environmental Assessment.
Please use your authority as Secretary to stop this extreme wolf-killing plan, and instead provide funding and resources for nonlethal depredation-prevention measures to livestock owners in wolf country.
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