WOLVES NEED FEDERAL PROTECTION
State governments and resident hunters/trappers have been wantonly brutal and excessive in their 'management' (killing) of wolves; this is not acceptable due to the individual suffering of wolves, and it is a clear threat to the future of wolves and their DNA diversity.
Last fall, right from the starting gate, Idaho and Montana began to carry out their their diabolical plans for killing wolves. First there was a horrendous bow and arrow season, followed by deliberately mis-aimed bullets (gut shots - so wolf tags could be used for another day), and barbaric trapping and 'dispatching' of the trapped wolf in unthinkable ways. Uncountable boastings, postings, and photographs from wolf hunters on public forums have all documented evidence of a brutal regime celebrating and glorifying the killing of wolves. We have read 'instructions' on how to slowly poison wolves, "gut shoot wolves so they won't die right away", dispatch trapped wolves by means of strangulation, crushing, slow torture, skinning, and the dark list goes on and on.
None of this, so-called 'management' of wolves has anything to do with science or protecting livestock. This hunt is about 'thrill killing' the wolf because he is an icon and keystone predator. Trophy hunters covet the wolf and other predators for their trophy rooms. Teeth, pelts, feet, claws, and even deflated wolves are being sold. All of this flying in the face of our Native American people who consider the wolves brethren and in their beliefs, 'what ever happens to the wolf, happens to them." History has proven this to be true.
Wolves are only a negligible threat to livestock - being responsible for less than 1% of livestock losses. An example would be Wyoming 2010 - a total of 41,000 livestock animals perished. A study released the following year concluded that 26 cows and 33 sheep were taken by wolves - the other 40,941 animals died from infection, birthing, and being left out in extreme weather.
Montana recently released their new immoral plan to kill the wolves of Yellowstone National Park using electronic calling devices just outside the park to lure wolves from the safety of the park into their cross hairs! They will use the sounds of pups in distress to lure adult wolves to their death.
Idaho ended one wolf hunting season on June 30th and began another on July 1st!! The 2nd hunt, even more barbaric in that puppies, pregnant females, all wolves will be in the cross hairs and fair game for trapping - 365 days a year in EVERY INCH OF IDAHO with the small exception of national parks/city limits.
Wolves have been brought back from the brink of extinction and reinstated, only to be brutally massacred. This round robin of destruction must not continue.
"We the People", the undersigned, do not want our wolves under state management - we want the wolves under federal protection - permanently! We feel so strongly about this that as voters and tax payers we will begin to dismantle your power over wildlife if this atrocity is allowed to continue.
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