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Petitioning President of the United States

Stop the senseless killing of wolves in Idaho

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game confirmed the state is moving forward as soon as weather permits with plans to kill as many as two thirds of the wolves in the Lolo District of Clearwater National Forest – possibly leaving only 25 or 30 wolves in the district in a misguided attempt to increase elk numbers for hunter harvest. 

The killing could begin any day now, when snowfall and a break in the storm in the area will make it easier for federal agents in helicopters to find, target, and kill wolves in this wild area of Northeastern Idaho. 

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game director, if Wildlife Services -- the federal agency charged with the killing -- is allowed to move forward with this plan, the state hopes to expand the use of federal dollars and aerial culling to other national forests in Idaho.  

The Obama Administration has not yet indicated how it will respond to Idaho’s request to use federal money and staff to kill these wolves on federal lands, or why it would be justified in doing so since these wolves are on federal lands and not in major conflict with livestock.

President Obama committed early in his term to put science front and center of decisions about wildlife and the environment, and this is a clear step away from that commitment.

Stop the senseless killing of wolves in Idaho - take action today.

Letter to
President of the United States
Early in your term, you committed to put science front and center of decisions about wildlife and the environment. The aerial killings of wolves in Idaho is a clear step away from that commitment.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game confirmed the state is moving forward as soon as weather permits with plans to have the federal Wildlife Services agency kill as many as two thirds of the wolves in the Lolo District of Clearwater National Forest – possibly leaving only 25 or 30 wolves in the district in a misguided attempt to increase elk numbers for hunter harvest.

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission is reportedly investigating the possibility of no limits on people killing wolves on private land, similar to practices in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada, where wolves are far more numerous. And the chairman of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission even indicated that the state may reclassify wolves as predators under state law – effectively engaging a shoot-on-sight plan similar to Wyoming’s awful plan.

But where is the science? The state reports that pack sizes are down and these wolves are not in major conflict with livestock. It also appears that young, less experienced wolves have been the most likely to be killed under Idaho’s wolf plan.

We need to restore science to wolf management in Idaho. Speak out against this unnecessary slaughter - before it is too late.