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Help Our Nation’s Prime Wilderness Areas Stay Wild

“A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain. An area of wilderness is further defined to mean in this Act an area of undeveloped Federal land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, which is protected and managed so as to preserve its natural conditions …”            ~ The Wilderness Act of 1964

In mid-December 2013 Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) hired a hunter-trapper to pack into central Idaho’s 2.4-million-acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness to eradicate two wolf packs, the Golden and Monumental packs, in the interest of inflating elk populations for outfitters and recreational hunters. The U.S. Forest Service, which administers the wilderness, approved the extermination program by authorizing use of a Forest Service cabin and airstrip to support wolf extermination activities.

In response to this unprecedented move, a coalition of conservationists, represented by the non-profit environmental law firm Earthjustice, asked a federal judge in Idaho to halt the agencies’ wolf eradication plan.

“A wilderness is supposed to be a wild place governed by natural conditions, not an elk farm,” said Earthjustice attorney Timothy Preso. “Wolves are a key part of that wild nature and we are asking a judge to protect the wilderness by stopping the extermination of two wolf packs.”

Unfortunately, on January 17 the U.S. District Judge for Idaho denied the plaintiffs’ case because:

1)  The US Forest Service’s decision to allow IDFG to use the cabin and airstrip at Cabin Creek was not a final agency action that is reviewable.

2) The removal of wolves in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness does not constitute irreparable harm because the actions don’t irreparably harm the species as a whole.

The trapper has killed 9 wolves so far.

Many Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) supporters have been in touch to express their concern and outrage. Sadly, the Idaho wolves targeted by IDFG’s hired gun may not be the only lives in danger.  Many worry that IDFG’s wolf eradication plan will set a precedent for other states and thus threaten additional wolves and wildlife in other prime wilderness areas.  The Wilderness System is national, and mostly on national forests. While we sincerely hope that the plaintiffs win their pending lawsuit against IDFG’s activities in the Frank Church,  it isn’t nearly enough.

Please join the WCC and take action by contacting the Chief of the Forest Service, Tom Tidwell, at ttidwell@fs.fed.us to remind him:

  • Our Nation’s Wilderness areas are places for wildlife to remain as wild as is possible in today’s modern world
  • Our Nation’s Wilderness areas are meant to be governed by natural conditions, not special interest groups.

Please be sure to tell Mr. Tidwell  this is not just an issue for one Idaho Wilderness area, but the US Wilderness system.

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11 Responses to Help Our Nation’s Prime Wilderness Areas Stay Wild

  1. Kersti Evans says:

    This is a no brainer

  2. Scott Snow Wolf says:

    Of all places that wolves should be able to live free of the threat of slaughter based on unfounded fear and hate, it is within one of America`s largest, most remote wilderness areas. There is no scientific justification for this travesty. Elk are plentiful enough that Idaho ranchers are calling for increased hunting so the idea that the wolves are causing undo pressure on elk populations is a lie fabricated by greedy outfitters who want to line their pockets with the cash from fat rich Texans. Stop this madness!

  3. Benoit Dupuis says:

    Please take action to save endangered wolves ! And remember that their iconic presence generates eco-tourism…

  4. Please for Gods sakes in heaven stop killing our wolves !!! U people know dam well that there r way to many Deer n Elk that have worse deseases than wolves. N they do bring the population down. They r not stupid n have feelings n trying to survive like us. U people r way out of control. They wete here first before us n invading their territory’s. .

  5. jeff maynard says:

    They need to stop hutting wolfs n other wild animals no need n they were here first something needs to be done to save them all it makes me very angry to see all these people killing our wild life it should be a punishable offence

  6. debbie fiore says:

    I am appalled to see this happening in America. It saddens me that government is acting in such a idiotic manner. The tax payers always pay for everything. Their is fences out there where wolves can’t climb, so the ranchers live stock would be safe. So let us tax payers pay for it we always do. We bailed out Wall Street so why not the wolves. I am an animal lover I believe live and let live. The hunters got to go, animals can live without humans, humans can’t live without animals. The hunters are always looking to kill our wild life, Here and abroad. I am tired of hunters wanting to kill. Guns do kill if you do not own a gun you cannot shoot anyone…

  7. Jamie Woods says:

    If this wilderness isn’t for the wolves and wildlife to exist in, then where? These animal have every right to live in these areas and furthermore, to thrive there.

    Thank you for your consideration.

  8. Donna Mae Lober says:

    You need to grow a heart, and show respect for our remaining wildlife. Stop trying to eliminate them from the only home they have, which is shrinking enough as it is, due to human invasion.

  9. Alice hartle says:

    The wolves do not belong to a state because their in it I worked with beautiful animals I want to have them alive for my grand kids stop stop this stupid killing. Where is your heart. Shoot one you destroy the pack family. It make me sick

  10. Shaz donielle says:

    I cant believe anyone would harm these beautiful animals. God put these precious animals on this earth for a purpose and it wasnt for mindless and pathetic people to kill them off or ruin their natural habitat.

  11. Rhonda Lanier says:

    I hope everyone will contact Mr. Tidwell as suggested. If wolves are not allowed to live in the wilderness, then where are the expected to live? If it is left up to people like Governor Butch Otter of Idaho, a zoo is the only place a wolf can be assure of not being killed. Even in our National Parks, they are not safe, as proved by the “mysterious” killing of a wolf in Grand Teton.

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