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Protect Wilderness From State Efforts to Kill Native Wildlife

Idaho Fish & Game Director Virgil Moore said this morning that the agency halted its wolf eradication plan in the Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness yesterday because it “had been ineffective in the last 2 weeks on taking any additional wolves.” (a total of 9 were killed).

Moore called the wilderness operation “very similar” to past years’ efforts in the Lolo zone to reduce wolf numbers, though those relied mainly on aerial shooting and trapping. The operation in the Frank Church wilderness “differed because we put one of our folks back there,” he said.

Read more from the The Spokesman-Review.

Whether it was the onus of defending its actions before a federal appeals court or the agency’s sense of “mission accomplished,” one thing is clear – it is essential that the U.S. Forest Service take its public trust responsibility to protect the wilderness and native wildlife more seriously.

Please join the Wolf Conservation Center 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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24 Responses to Protect Wilderness From State Efforts to Kill Native Wildlife

  1. We will never stop giving up on. ( saving) the animsls of killings wolves or cyotes or foxes or horses or any orher of Gods living creatures.. stop the killings

  2. Kym Waugh says:

    There is no need to reduce wolves numbers. Natural forces take care of populations; humans will ruin the balance of nature by eliminating predators. Predators must be protected from humans for the health of all ecosystems.

  3. Anna Santucci says:

    Thank you for your tireless, unrelenting efforts on behalf of the wolves, the wilderness and all things wild….. You have helped create this miraculous turn around! One day I hope to get back out into the wild places that feed the soul, and it would all be much the poorer were there no howls left to hear.
    Thank you, truly.

  4. Gail Daniels says:

    Sad, how can you sleep at night by killing? there is no need for this.

  5. Connie Lovingood says:

    Save the wildlife!

  6. Martha Adams says:

    Please just stop the slaughter of our country’s wildlife. It is senseless.

  7. Jim Holyoak says:

    I’ve been researching wolf decline all over the world, and am deeply concerned.

    I strongly believe that wolves ought to be protected, not killed. I am especially opposed to trophy hunting of wolves, killing wolves for their fur, and the extermination of wolves. Wolves belong here and ought to have the right to exist is peace. Wolves are not commodities. Wolves are not pests. Wolves are our neighbors. Their presence is an integral quality to life for those of us who live near them. We must learn accept the presence of wolves, and hopefully to cherish them.

  8. Jim Holyoak says:

    I’ve been researching wolf decline all over the world, and am deeply concerned.

    I believe that wolves ought to be protected, not killed. I am especially opposed to trophy hunting of wolves, killing wolves for their fur, and the extermination of wolves. Wolves belong here and ought to have the right to exist is peace. Wolves are not commodities. Wolves are not pests. Wolves are our neighbors. Their presence is an integral quality to life for those of us who live near them. We must learn accept the presence of wolves, and hopefully to cherish them.

  9. Michaela Wehner says:

    Please keep in mind, when making decisions that affect the fate of living creatures, that wilderness areas are meant to be wild and not to be governed by special interest groups. Additionally, that wild creatures have the right to exist unmolested by humans who may not like them.
    Thank you.

  10. Hooolaaaa.!!! buenos dias.!!! eso es maassss que suficiente de que el asesino sigue libre para correr por aqui y matar a maaassss y maassss y maassss lobos triste.!!! sera posible taaaan pronto como el tiempo que el asesino siempre bajo llave.!!! debe tener un fin taaaan pronto como sea posible antes de que haya aun menos lobos.!!! ya es duro y taaaaan infinitamente triste amarga la necesidad dado para ser protegida se pierden todos maaasss y maasssss lobos como todos los animales salvajes andes fuerte y rapidamente como sea posible desde el principio.!!! no solo los humanos sufren la amarga duro y taaaan interminable lucha nuestra naturaleza taaaan buen corazon sin fin y nuestra infinita calido mosto madre tierra PACHAMAMA taaaan carinoso y taaaaan infinito con lo que bajo el agonizante dolor interminable sufren.!!! nuestros corazones taaaan infinito amor y de buen corazon taaaan infinito como infinita soportar el dolor agonizante ya no.!!! rezo cada dia maaassss y maaassss y espero que maaasssss y maassss que el sufrimiento agonizantante finalmente un definitivo termina siempre tengo es.!!! yo deseas todos para conmovedoras corazon buenas y benediciones y relajarse dias y familias.!!!

  11. Johanna Duffek-Kowal says:

    Why designate a “Wilderness Area” in the first place, if this area then is open to “wildlife management measures” aimed at boosting one species over the dead bodies of another one? What Idaho Fish&Game is doing is NOT “wildlife management”, it is elk breeding, and, just like livestock breeders, this state authority is trying to be more successful in breeding efforts by eliminating predators, no matter what the effects on the ecosystem might be. Aside from the ethical and legal problems this approach is posing, wiping out wolf populations has been proved to NOT “save declining ungulate populations”. You can not repair the hole in the roof by nailing up the windows on ground floor.

  12. SUZANNE Powell says:

    You have to stop your fixation for killing wildlife please.

  13. Kathi Roussel says:

    I was happy to hear that the mission to eradicate the Frank Church River of Wilderness wolf packs has been stopped and that US tax dollars are no longer being used to fund the bounty hunter sent in to kill them. Sadly 9 wolves are already dead and the damage to the packs has already been done.
    It is my hope that the Fish and Wildlife Service will back off of it’s plans to kill more Idaho wolves. While Idaho sees itself as holding ownership over Idaho wolves, they are in fact part of the nation’s wilderness ecosystem on federally funded lands. Our mission as a nation should be to maintain our wild life and respect the role that each animal contributes to the ecosystem. Wolves are apex predators and the animals that they kill for food, insure not only their survival but the survival of many other animals who benefit from their hunts.
    Bowing to special interest groups is no way to manage our nation’s wildlife. Farmers and ranchers who raise cattle for profit have a vested interest in seeing wolf populations decline. Recreational hunters and big game outfitters have a vested interest in seeing wolf populations decline. Two groups — two groups have lobbied and applied enough pressure to create a situation where western states have declared war on the wolves that were just making a come back. Are we so narrow minded and so greedy a species that our default solution is to cave into money talking and knee jerk reactions to situations that really require careful management and cooperation?
    Are we humans so pathetic that the only solution to our problems is to kill off what we find a nuisance or difficult to handle?
    If elk populations are down you need to look at the big picture– over hunting, drought ( elk move to new locations ), habitat loss– surely wolves are not responsible for all of this. Farmers and ranchers need to spend some of their profits on buying groups of herding dogs that protect against wolves. They have proven effective and can reduce wolf attacks dramatically. Stop allowing ranchers to graze their sheep and cattle on federal lands.
    Stop exterminating the wolves and start finding solutions that respect the life and right of the wolf to occupy the territories in which they were re-introduced.
    I have been truly saddened and disgusted by the mismanagement of this situation and truly hope that the Fish and Wild Life Services and Idaho Fish and Game will re -access and find a better and more positive approach to “managing” wolves. One that doesn’t rely on wholesale murder.

  14. Jeff Denton says:

    Don’t kill our brothers and sisters.

  15. Ellen Marmon says:

    The beautiful state of Idaho has taken a tragically wrong turn in its approach to wolves; instead of being proud to have been chosen as an area for re-introduction, you have allowed hunters, ranchers, and other special interests to over-ride the health of the wilderness and the wishes of the majority of Americans. Sadly, it isn’t just Idaho’s problem; if a wolf from Oregon, Washington or Canada wanders across the border, it can be shot or trapped, and so our states are also affected by your states anti-wolf policies. Please look to the science and to public opinion; do what’s right, stop killing wolves.
    Thank you.

  16. Donna Mae Lober says:

    This is unnecessary evil.

  17. Anne Lambert says:

    In years past wolves and other wild animals have been brought to the brink of extinction by indiscriminate hunting. Old rumors and fears brought wolves to the brink of extinction. Now, through YEARS of not allowing their deaths, they are finally beginning to come back in numbers that are genetically viable. They are not there yet. Scientists have spoken repeatedly on this subject. The ecosystem they live in will be destroyed if they are removed.

    Your wolves are located on public lands and as such any citizen of the United States has the RIGHT and the responsibility to have a say in their future. I say LEAVE THE WOLVES ALONE.

    Please consider joining this century and giving up your ideas of killing major predators for trophies. It is outdated and bad for people as well as predators.

  18. David Rodenbaugh says:

    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. They are for everyone to see and enjoy not trophy hunters and “sportsman”.

  19. rocio says:

    please protect the wild life including predators….please, wolves are part of the ecosystem….please help them, they have feelings too. Thanks for listening and helping them…

  20. Jacquie Ackerly says:

    There needs to be Federal protection of wolves and other apex predators. Otherwise, the whole ecological balance will
    collapse.

  21. mel rowland says:

    keep wolves protected under esa and ban all hunting and trapping. treasure the wildlife and heritage and not destroy it

  22. Patricia Vineski says:

    Wilderness is a public trust and to breach that trust for any reason is not only not doing the job the USFS is meant to do, but a betrayal of what it means to be American. It is, in fact, UnAmerican, as it goes against the very tenets of wilderness preservation. Our wilderness areas are not elk farms for the profit of any one state, but are lands set aside for the preservation of natural ecosystems of which predators are an integral, and crucial, part. These lands are entrusted to the USFS on behalf of the American people. It is a profound responsibility that needs to be taken seriously.

  23. Michael Peterson says:

    Preserve the lives of the wolves and all living creatures. thank you.

  24. Janet Sorenson says:

    There is so much information out now on the importance of wolves. This hatred and war on wolves is so outrageous and ignorant and is based on many, many years if not centuries of ignorance, killing and finally wiping out the wolf population. I thought we were intelligent people, educated people. I guess not accepting this prejudice against wolves, totally emotional, not based on scientific fact. People believe what they want to believe – shame on you!

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