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Live Bait Okay to Kill Idaho Wolves

Live Bait Okay to Kill Idaho Wolves

Idaho State Senator Jeff Siddoway introduced bill S1305 into the statehouse this week.  The bill will allow slaughter of wolves found molesting livestock, by any means.  This includes shooting wolves from motorized vehicles, powered parachutes, helicopters or fixed-wing planes.  Rifles, pistols, shotguns, crossbows, night scopes, electronic calls — day or night.

In Idaho, livestock consists of mainly sheep and cattle. The bill specifically includes the use of live bait. It’s not just wolves in Idaho that are in danger; any living creature could become bait if bill S1305 is passed.

The bill was discussed Monday at the Idaho Senate Resources and Environment Committee meeting.  When Siddoway – a sheep rancher and sponsor of this bill – was asked why the need for live bait, he said:

“You know, the darn things keep coming at us in the night, that’s the only explanation,” Siddoway responded. “They come in the middle of the night. … You can only see probably 150, 200 head out of 2,500 head in a band of sheep. … You just literally can’t find ‘em. And most of these kills come in the nighttime. So if you can figure out the direction in which they’re coming and put a pen down there with a few sheep in it, so that they come … into that area and they circle that pen at 2 o’clock in the morning, you’ve got a much better chance of getting the perpetrators of that depredation. … That’s why we need the live bait.”

About Jeff Siddoway

As the majority shareholder owner of Siddoway Sheep Company, Inc., it’s important to understand Siddoway has a personal interest in introducing this legislation.  Since President Obama signed the delisting of wolves as endangered species in the northern Rockies as part of a budget rider in the spring of last year, Idaho now has a state-approved wolf hunt which began August 30, 2011 and ends June 30, 2012. According to the website Howling for Justice, 321 wolves have been killed in Idaho since the hunt began last year.  That’s 223 shot and 88 trapped or snared.

Records indicate Siddoway Sheep Company received $993,075 in federal subsidies (taxpayer’s money) between the years 1995-2010. This was for wool, meat, livestock, wheat, barley and oats.

To understand Siddoway’s opinion about animal welfare, you don’t need to look any further than Juniper Mountain Ranch.  This is a canned-hunt ranch Siddoway opened on his property in 2003 to diversify his sheep company. With prices ranging from $500 – $12,000, you can go there and kill animals like elk and bison.  The ranch has a butcher to send you home with the meat you killed and a taxidermist to create trophies for you.

And when you’ve killed your elk or bison, side trips can be arranged.  Like hunting ducks, geese, waterfowl, coyotes, badger, pheasants, sharptail grouse, Hungarian partridge, grey partridge, rabbits and doves.

“You can basically go after them [wolves] by any means possible. And when I say get ‘em I mean kill ‘em” said Siddoway in The Idaho Statesman regarding S1305.  He also exclaimed “Some might use dogs as bait.” The bill cites no protection for any creature used as live bait nor does it set limits on what is considered live bait.

What You Can Do To Help

Brett Haverstick, Education and Outreach Director for Friends of the Clearwater, attended Monday’s session.  He told me Senator Michelle Stennett was tenacious in asking questions at Monday’s meeting.  He also notified me last evening that the committee has approved moving the bill forward for a vote in the Senate.  Voting could occur as early as Wednesday, February 29.

So it is important to let your views be known.  You can contact the Resources and Environment Committee members. You can also sign the Care2 petition.

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11:14AM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

This is terrible.

10:28AM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

This is nothing more than murder for the sake of murder. When will these knuckle dragging murderous bastard give up?

1:58PM PDT on Jul 22, 2014

This is disgusting!! What the hell are these idiots thinking??? Heartless bastards!!!

7:08AM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

Idaho State Senator Jeff Siddoway is a bastard!!!

10:38AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

ABSOLUTELY NOT ACEPTABLE ! If you can't bait deer to cull herds which are TOO big, then you certainly shouldn't be using "live bait" to hunt wolves. We NEED wolves to keep the herds moving so they don't overgraze areas. THAT is what is causing a DECLINE in deer, elk and the like. WOLVES remove weak, sick and old animals to keep the rest of the herd HEALTHY ! Will you IDIOTS please check the SCIENTIFIC DATA and get your facts straight ? It took a lot of money, time and effort to get the wolves BACK from near extinction and now you want to try and exterminate them AGAIN. My tax money went to help SAVE WOLVES and now you want to kill the animals that are just starting to make a comeback. STUPIDITY at its FINEST!!!!

4:57PM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

We are MURDERING our planet, thus ourselves.

11:43AM PDT on May 13, 2012

Pétition signée

9:47AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Petition signed. Using one live animal to bait another is just WRONG!!!

I want to know why Siddoway Sheep Company received federal subsidies (taxpayer’s money).

10:43AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

This just makes me soo freaken sick. I was so upset that Obama signed the bill and allowd the wolves of the N. Rockies to be delisted, we had just won a court case keeping them protected the previous August. There were only 1600 wolves throughout these states and WHATEVER happend to downgrading them to Threatened? Why de-list them completly. This bill of baiting the wolves counters all the measures that environmentalist have tried to emplement to discourage depredation - which has decreased since ranchers began following there suggestions according to figures from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

These wolves were reintroduced back in 1996 and we've been fighting for them ever since. Scienctist have just begun to see the niche wolves play in the environment because they've been absent so long. They benefit beavers because the keep grazers/brousers from eating shrubs/tree sprouts along waterways, which also benefits all kinds of nesting birds, amphibians, reptiles, even the prong-horned deer benefitted because wolves kept coyotes, their main preditor in check and Wolves usually don't prey on such a small deer. We've allowd these wolves to multiply since 1996, only to kill. I think it's just sad.

11:36AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

I am getting to the point where I think we have totally trashed the planet and sent thousands of species toward extinction. It's a harvest of cruelty. These people have absolutely no understanding of ecosystems and the environment and no respect for creation. Wolves unlike sport hunters only kill to eat.

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