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Help Stop Wolf Hunting in the Rockies

The first hunting season of Northern Rocky wolves will end on March 31.   The wolves became fair game in Idaho, Montana and Utah after the Obama administration removed them from the Endangered Species Act in 2009.  These states are now looking at ways to further reduce wolf packs and extend the hunting period into mating season, which would threaten the lives of pregnant wolves. 

 

Care2 and Defenders of Wildlife need your help to stop the killing and protect the wolves.

 

Northern Rocky wolves (gray wolves) came off the Endangered Species List last spring and have been under attack ever since.  The federal government decided the wolves, which have a population of about 1,650, were a recovered species and lifted their protection. 

 

Suzanne Stone of Defenders of Wildlife said in an interview with the L.A. Times last September, “We had expected at this point to be celebrating the recovery of the gray wolf in the northern Rockies.  Instead, after decades of recovery efforts, tremendous support and investment from the American public…and one of the most successful wildlife restorations in history, the future of the gray wolf in the Rocky Mountains is once again in jeopardy.”

 

The first-ever public wolf hunt began on September 1, 2009.  Now Idaho, Montana and Utah want more.

 

Idaho was given the approval to hunt up to 220 wolves.  They have killed 184.  In an attempt to complete their quota, the state extended the season.  Defenders of Wildlife said this is “putting more wolf families in the crosshairs – including pregnant wolf mothers due to give birth this spring.”

 

Idaho has also introduced legislation declaring a state of emergency” in regard to the wolves – who they claim are putting herds of Elk at risk.  They want to “increase harvest limits, issue multiple tags and allow trapping of wolves.”

 

Montana was given a quota of killing 75 wolves.  They are looking at ways to further decrease the wolves in their state, too.  Lawmakers are recruiting help from Wildlife Services which is a federal agency with authority to kill predatory animals that threaten livestock.  This would allow them to sidestep permission to hunt wolves from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks division.

 

And Utah has turned up the heat on wolves in their state. Don Peay, founder of Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, told KSL.com, wolves are putting wildlife and people at risk. “Wolves will destroy their food supply, and they’ll kill people. That’s why our pioneers got rid of wolves in the first place. Wolves are way out of control in the west, and it’s time for Congress to step in and reduce wolf populations before they kill people,” he says.

 

And hunters in Wyoming held a rally last week protesting their inability to kill Northern Rocky Wolves.  They will probably get approval to hunt the animals during the next season.

 

The gray wolf became nearly extinct in the Western part of the country in the early 20th century.  They gained protection from the Endangered Species Act in 1973.  In the 1990′s the wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park and parts of Idaho where they made a successful comeback. 

 

Defenders of Wildlife and local animal welfare organizations in each state have been fighting for the wolves since they were de-listed.  They want the gray wolves reinstated. “Re-listing wolves not only protects this fragile and important population, but the integrity of the Endangered Species Act.” It will also restore balance to the ecosystem that animal welfare groups worked hard to achieve.

 

Please join in protecting Northern Rocky wolves by signing the petition that urges President Obama to add the wolves back to the Endangered Species List. Encourage people you know to help, as well.  

 

 

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12:49PM PST on Jan 19, 2014

Humans are a universal threat compared to the wolf.... A threat that only the creator can resolve.

3:43PM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

Yep! Protect these wolfs before they gone!

12:29AM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Wolves are being targeted by people who want to make them scapegoats so that they can go out and shoot more elk and kill more animals themselves. It is very rare that wolves attack humans and seriously, they aren't the ones that are killing off all the wildlife, humans are far more destructive than wolves especially because humans destroy habitat too. Some of these people quoted in this article show the same of mentality and archaic ideas about wolves that were prevalent back in the old west in the early part of the twentieth century which led to the eradication of wolves in 48 states.

And by the way, the Federal govt. has estimated that there are about 1,650 wolves not 2,000 as someone quoted in their comment. That's a difference of 350 wolves which is a considerable difference for a species that is still fragile and susceptible to any number of factors even the spread of a disease among its members. This is not a robust population, and we can't let science be trumped by individuals who have a prejudice against these animals and are so adamant about their prerogative to be able to kill everything that they want to, even if it's at the expense of conservation. If you look at every species that has been wiped out such as the giant saddleback tortoise in the Galapagos Islands, rare species of birds, and of course, the Tasmanian Tiger, it was humans who destroyed these species down to every last one! It isn't the wolves who are the dangerous ones, it is humans which are

11:42PM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

Wolves are being targeted by people who want to make them a scapegoats so that they can go out and shoot more elk and kill more animals themselves. It is very rare that wolves attack humans and seriously, they aren't the ones that are killing off all the wildlife, humans are far more destructive than wolves especially because humans destroy habitat too. Some of these people quoted in this article show the the same of mentality and archaic ideas about wolves that were prevalent back in the old west in the early part of the twentieth century which led to the eradication of wolves in 48 states.

And by the way, the Federal govt. has estimated that there are about 1,650 wolves
not 2,000 as someone quoted in their comment. That's a difference of 350 wolves which is a considerable difference for a species that is still fragile and susceptible to any number of factors even the spread of a disease among its members. This is not a robust population, and we can't let science be trumped by individuals who have a prejudice against these animals and are so adamant about their prerogative to be able to kill everything that they want to, that it gets in the way of conservation. If you look at every species that has been wiped out such as the giant saddleback tortoise in the Galapagos Islands, rare species of birds, and of course, the Tasmanian Tiger, it was humans who destroyed these species down to every last one! It isn't the wolves who are the dangerous ones, it is humans which a

3:50AM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

The wolves are being targeted for pure money hungery persons. There's a better way of managing the herds but people only want to hunt everything they can. Hunting is good only if you are going to eat what you hunt. Leave the wolves to be managed by scientific ways, not killing them.

3:50AM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

The wolves are being targeted for pure money hungery persons. There's a better way of managing the herds but people only want to hunt everything they can. Hunting is good only if you are going to eat what you hunt. Leave the wolves to be managed by scientific ways, not killing them.

11:09AM PST on Nov 29, 2010

Sorry Dil C. Your argument doesn't make sense. You want "balance" for all landusers?? If you really want "balance" we need to whittle down the human population. WE are the most dangerous "predators" on the planet. But then maybe you're just a spokesperson for the cattle industry and their hatred of wolves. Other species deserve space on this planet just as much as we do. We are the ones ruining the planet. Stop Killing Wolves!!

8:41AM PDT on Oct 10, 2010

Les loups doivent vivre ce sont des animaux comme les autres ils ont leur place sur cette terre!!!

9:57AM PDT on Jul 23, 2010

The hunting of wolves isn't done for "sport". Management of wolves is a scientific process enacted to maintain a balance that caters to all land users. Nobody is talking about killing all the wolves, only a small fraction to keep the population from increasing anymore. Nearly 2,000 wolves in the Northern Rockies is more than enough, and well past the recovery goals.
These wolves have recovered and are in need of management so that livestock predation and human/wolf conflicts remain at acceptable levels. Those that depend on the land to make a living have just as much right as wolves to be there.
But I don't expect any city-slicking liberal to understand what I am talking about.
Why should wolves be managed differently than any other predator? Because they are beautiful and majestic?
I sincerely hope that's not your logic.

4:30AM PDT on Jul 11, 2010

Save them, we need them

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