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Jan 8, 2014

POCATELLO, Idaho – A coalition of conservationists, represented by the non-profit environmental law firm Earthjustice, today asked a federal judge in Idaho to halt an unprecedented program by the U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) to exterminate two wolf packs deep within the largest forested wilderness area in the lower-48 states.

In mid-December 2013, 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.

“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.”

Earthjustice is representing long-time Idaho conservationist and wilderness advocate Ralph Maughan along with three conservation groups—Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project, and Wilderness Watch—in a lawsuit challenging the wolf extermination program. The conservationists argue that the U.S. Forest Service’s approval and facilitation of the program violated the agency’s duty to protect the wilderness character of the Frank Church Wilderness. They have requested a court injunction to prohibit further implementation of the wolf extermination program until their case can be resolved.

http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2014/01/07/conservationists-ask-court-to-halt-wolf-extermination-in-one-of-nations-premiere-wilde

Please see article for more information

And while you are at it, sign this petition to stop the killing. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/638/016/975/

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Posted: Wednesday January 8, 2014, 11:51 am
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Kit B. (276)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 1:58 pm
Well written Kathleen, and very informative.

Margaret Skeel (121)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 2:06 pm
What a travesty, killing the natural predators to 'benefit' hunters. For thousands of years, Native Americans managed to have plenty of elk to hunt without wiping out wolves!

Mitchell D. (132)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 5:32 pm
Thank you Kathleen, wonderful posting.

Suheyla C. (226)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 6:43 pm
Thank you Kath

Rosemary Underhay (21)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 7:16 pm
Thank you for the clear information.

sharon wardle (108)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 12:03 am
Signed & shared petition. Thanks

. (0)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 2:18 am
Thanks for the posting!!

Joy T. (289)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 2:55 am
God bless Earthjustice. Thank you, Kathleen.

Susan M. (42)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 9:21 am
Well done Kathleen, for bringing it to our attention.

Diane K. (132)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 9:23 am
Thanks for sharing.

Ruth M. (252)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 10:23 am
Well done Kathleen

Natalie Away J. (125)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 10:58 am
Signed and shared. I don't know how people can hate wolves.

Reidun Carstens (117)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 2:59 pm
Some humans have lost their mind. They are really crazy and at my opinion should be loceked behind bars. Thank you for posting.

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 3:14 pm
I believe our government and it's agencies are cruel and inhumane to animals. If we did to animals what our government agencies do we would be prosecuted. I believe our government agencies do the bidding of ranchers.

J S. (0)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 7:55 pm
We all know that predators keep deer, elk and other animals species because they cull out the old, weak, and sick. Hunters go for the biggest and largest rack, etc and weaken the herds.

Elena Glikina (15)
Friday January 10, 2014, 10:26 am
Thank you! I am with You!

Evelyn B. (79)
Friday January 10, 2014, 2:53 pm
Noted and Signed Tks. Kathleen....

Alex Keir (2)
Friday January 10, 2014, 6:24 pm
Don't be afraid OF wolves - be afraid FOR wolves.

R Crotty (0)
Friday January 10, 2014, 11:49 pm
Wolf extermination does not make sense in a wilderness area... There are supposed to be wolves there...

federico bortoletto (36)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 6:34 am
Grazie per la condivisione.

lisa graahm (19)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 6:47 am
Just sickens me that we always bow down to the mighty dollar and put our people and animals t risk. Wolves today, water in W. Virginia tomorrow. We have an OBLIGATION to protect our animals. Please save the wolves!

Sharon Davidson (352)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 7:09 am
GOOD INFORMATION,THANKS

M s (2)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 7:30 pm
i loathe hunters They have evolved into fanatical ,blood thirsty ,sick humans I think they should become the hunted

Liliana Garcia (97)
Monday January 13, 2014, 4:43 pm
What kind of reasoning leads people to exterminate one species so humans can in turn exterminate the species the first species feeds on?

Michael Holland (9)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 7:55 am
Thank You

anonymous X. (93)
Monday January 20, 2014, 7:22 am
Thank you

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