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Another Oregon Wolf Lost to Idaho Hunter

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Past Member (0)
Monday January 28, 2013, 8:37 am
If states realized the sheer value of wolves, even if only in terms of eco-tourism dollars, then they might moderate their extreme stance against wolves. However, the states with the most rabid policies typically are dominated by ranching interests that are more interested in extermination than in modernizing their livestock practices to reduce livestock loss and to live in harmony with the predators in nature.

Roxie H (350)
Monday January 28, 2013, 8:52 am
Author Beckie Elgin

On a hot August day in 2006 a grey wolf from the Timberline pack was captured and collared northeast of Boise by Idaho Fish and Wildlife biologists. She was given the title B300, but two years later this wolf traversed the Snake River into Oregon where she became known as Sophie, the alpha female of the Imnaha pack and mother to at least a dozen pups, including the world renowned Journey.

A week ago, only ten miles from where Sophie was originally tranquilized and collared, OR 16, an 85 pound yearling black wolf from Oregon’s Walla Walla pack, was shot and killed by an Idaho elk hunter.

OR 16 was born in the spring of 2011. His pack is one of the most north-easterly packs in Oregon and they also travel into Washington. OR 16 was captured and fitted with a GPS collar on November 1, 2012 north of Elgin (no known relationship to my family, but I wish I could lay claim to the historic Elgin Opera House). He dispersed on December 19, traveled nearly 50 miles to the state border where he crossed the Snake River, or perhaps trotted across the dam at the Brownlee Reservoir, into the shooting grounds of Idaho.

It didn’t take OR 16 long to find prime wolf habitat. Kirkham Ridge, an area 70 miles north of Boise, is full of elk. He was just south of there, near Edna Creek, when he was shot. Not only do wolves find this location a sweet spot, hunters do as well. Dirt bike trails give them easy access to the ridge, and the highway that runs between Boise and Stanley is a popular place to pick out potential trophies. The Idaho Department of Fish and Wildlife (IDFW) flies helicopters over the area to radio collar wolves and elk. No doubt hunters coordinate their outings with these choppers, eliminating a great deal of leg work in locating their prey. Some speculate there is communication between IDFW and the hunters on the whereabouts of wolves. In this high tech world of killing, coupled with an irrational hatred of wolves, not even the most cunning of animals stand a chance.

Kirkham Ridge trail

Nothing has surfaced online as to who shot OR 16, but the hide of the young wolf was checked in at Boise, per protocol. His GPS collar will be returned to Oregon. Rumor has it OR 16 was traveling with a buddy, a wolf recently collared by IDFW.

OR 16 is the second Oregon wolf to be killed in Idaho within a year. OR 9, a litter-mate of Journey, was shot by a hunter with an expired tag on February 2, 2012.
and the story continues.... very good read .... I have personal reasons with this particular wolf... so ...nvm.. :( *cry... the wolves are dying in the world ...and we just need to save them

Elle B (84)
Monday January 28, 2013, 11:19 am
Ty for sharing. . .get the GPS tracking collars off the wolves now!! Humans tracking them to protect will need to do it the old fashioned way. . .the hunters use those GPS collars to track and kill them. . .

Ran into a lone wolf high in mountains without GPS he was fine just a little lonely separated from his pack who were probably dead. . .

Terry V (30)
Monday January 28, 2013, 6:18 pm


Wolves, We are One

Danuta W (1248)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:09 am

Constance F (418)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 1:00 pm
Thank you for posting this Roxy. I had read it, and can barely read it again. Less than 4 weeks in Idaho, and dead. Less than 2 years old. It just chokes me to no end. And I am thinking Elle may be absolutely right!

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:17 am
Such a tragedy. The man in the picture holding up the dead wolf looks so very proud of himself. Doesn't he realize that this very moment will be presented against him on Judgement Day? The blood of the innocent cries out to God. You bet a photo was eternal one.

Roxie H (350)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:18 am

Roxie H (350)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:20 am
My wolves were lost in October to this Wolf War, and then paraded around on facebook in all sorts of wonderful poses and pictures. I am haunted by the video's and photo's... very personal and hurtful personally to my family

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:24 am
Poor wolves. It's so sad.

Linda R (17)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:25 am
This sickens me. I can understand some hunting if you are using it to feed your family but thats not the case with wolves. It is plain murder! I dont even agree with hunting in general and have encouraged everyone I know to not do it. How would that man like to have his family tracked and shot? We are the ones overpopulating the world not the animals!

Suzanne L (99)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:29 am
TY Roxy. Wolves should never have been delisted.

Elle B (84)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:52 am
“Whenever I see a photograph of some sportsman grinning over his kill, I am always impressed by the striking moral and esthetic superiority of the dead animal to the live one.” ― Edward Abbey

“The thinking person must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition or surrounded by a halo….We need a boundless ethic which includes the animals also.” —Albert Schweitzer

“To aid and abet in the destruction of a single species or in the extermination of a single tribe is to commit a crime against God, a mortal sin against Mother Nature. Better by far to sacrifice in some degree the interests of mechanical civilization, curtail our gluttonous appetite for things, ever more things, learn to moderate our needs, and most important, and not difficult, learn to control, limit and gradually reduce our human numbers. We humans swarm over the planet like a plague of locusts, multiplying and devouring. There is no justice, sense or decency in this mindless global breeding spree, this obscene anthropoid fecundity, this industrialized mass production of babies and bodies, ever more bodies and babies. The man-centered view of the world is anti-Christian, anti-Buddhist, anti-nature, anti-life, and--anti-human.” ―Edward Abbey

Sergio Padilla (65)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:53 am
Idiots! They will regret if wolves go extinct (not that I want that of course!)

Veronique L (209)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 9:13 am
Thanks for sharing this Roxy! Noted

Diane Lewis (0)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 9:34 am
thank you for the educational article. i had no idea that wolf tags were available for hunting. see the blog for more info.

Leslene Dunn (84)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 11:29 pm
Noted - I am waiting for the good news saying all hunters exterminated!!!
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