Friday, January 12, 2007

Idaho gov calls for wolf kill

Idaho's governor said Thursday he will support public hunts to kill all but 100 of the state's gray wolves after the federal government strips them of protection under the Endangered Species Act. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter told The Associated Press that he wants hunters to kill about 550 gray wolves. That would leave about 100 wolves, or 10 packs, according to a population estimate by state wildlife officials. The 100 surviving wolves would be the minimum before the animals could again be considered endangered.

"I'm prepared to bid for that first ticket to shoot a wolf myself," Otter said earlier Thursday during a rally of about 300 hunters.

Otter complained that wolves are rapidly killing elk and other animals essential to Idaho's multimillion-dollar hunting industry. The hunters, many wearing camouflage clothing and blaze-orange caps, applauded wildly during his comments. Suzanne Stone, a spokeswoman for the advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife in Boise, said Otter's proposal would return wolves to the verge of eradication. "Essentially he has confirmed our worst fears for the state of Idaho: That this would be a political rather than a biological management of the wolf population," Stone said. "There's no economic or ecological reason for maintaining such low numbers. It's simple persecution."

You can take action here to protest this slaughter.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so serious... do they even bother anyone? We have random ones around where I live and you never see them, they never bother anyone.

The coyote's are another story. But nothing my Jamaican Iron wood walking stick won't take care of if they bother me on my hikes.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

These idiots will complain that the wolves occasionally kill livestock; however, Defenders of Wildlife has a program whereby they reimburse any rancher for the value of any livestock killed by wolves.

My personal opinion is that these a-holes just like killing things

12:50 PM  
Blogger PixieGaf said...

This is so sad! There is no justifiable reason for killing animal that is one step away from being endangered. Who ever purposed this should be neutered.

1:18 PM  
Blogger sage said...

i do miss western politics! you just gotta laugh. i've never seen a wolf, but have heard them.

4:53 PM  
Blogger GetFlix said...

It would not seem the numbers justify the hunt.

5:24 PM  
Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...


Governor Butch sounds like a real piece of work.

8:50 PM  
Blogger EditThis said...

I can't even begin to discuss how this is wrong on so many levels. I soooo hate sport hunting. Is 650 wolves just too many??

12:00 PM  

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