Stop the Slaughter of Idaho's Wolves
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When we thought that things for Idaho wolves couldn’t get any worse... it has. The Idaho Senate has approved a bill that will kill 90% of the wolves in the state. This can be done by means of traps, snares, aerial shooting, baiting, spotlights at night, electronic calls, running over with snowmobiles, and even wildlife killing contests. There will be no limits on bag or tag purchases. This bill takes wildlife management authority from agency biologists and supports management that is not science-based.
Senator Harris regurgitated the same misinformation that has lead to the already horrific management in Idaho, claiming that wolves are causing problems for elk hunters and livestock owners, despite Idaho Fish and Game’s own numbers showing that elk harvests have not changed and in fact there are now more elk in Idaho than there were in 1995. Numbers from the USDA also reflect that wolves do not pose a significant threat to livestock. Under this bill, over 1,400 wolves in Idaho, wolves that are already subjected to year round hunting and trapping, will be slaughtered.
We must urge Govenor Brad Little to veto this bill. Wolves thriving in Idaho bring many forms of value to the state: from ecosystem rejuvenation to tourism dollars. The majority of Idahoans and Americans support wolf recovery and the need for wolves to fulfill their ecological purpose. Don't let Idaho kill America's Wolves.
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