Idaho opens 2013-2014 wolf hunting season. Send our letter opposing cruel and unscientific practices.
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Idaho opens 2013-2014 wolf hunting season.
Though wolves in Idaho are subjected to hunting year round in some areas, the season date change from 2012/2013 to 2013/2014 is just around the bend. The rest of the state hunts wolves ten months out of the year, stopping only in July and most of August. Hunters are allowed to kill five wolves each, and trappers also are allowed to kill five wolves each. This means that if someone held both trapping and hunting tags, they could technically kill ten wolves each.
Idaho continues to consider this reasonable management, and their Fish and Game websites show all these beautiful photos of wolves, tricking the public into thinking that the wolves are treated fairly, but no other big game animal is treated with such hate, misunderstanding, and malice. Wolves are a natural part of the landscape, and hunting them in such numbers will lead to their second extirpation from the lower 48 states, especially in the Northern Rockies. Management implies a long term survival of the species, with genetic interchange and dispersal- what Idaho and the other Northern States are doing is not management, but an organized extermination. Allowing an animal to be taken year round means that babies are orphaned, or even subjected to being killed themselves. No other “big game” animal is hunted like this- can you imagine the outrage that would occur if we were allowed to hunt deer and elk year round, or bears and mountain lions? Yet alone allow a single person to wipe out ten animals? It is completely legal to kill wolves regardless of if they are nursing or not, yet bears and mountain lions are afforded these protections.
Wolves are unlike any other creature that states have ever managed, and unfortunately the states are doing a terrible job at managing them. Wolves are slow to reproduce, there is a misconception that since they live in packs they have a lot of puppies- when in reality, only one pair of wolves breed (the alpha pair). They have an average of five pups in a good year, and over half of those pups die before they reach their first birthday, and even more die before they hit sexual maturity at two years of age.
Sadly, the wolf, which was one of the greatest success stories for reintroduction, is now being forced back to the brink of extinction because of politics and lack of sound science in management and decision making. Idaho does not have a comment period for their wolf hunt.
Send a letter to Idaho Governor and 10 of the Idaho Fish and WIldlife top officials.
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Idaho: Stop slaughtering and torturing our wolves!
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