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Your voice is needed by June 12th 2013: Wyoming Fish and Game Taking Comments

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…Dynamite, poison gas, gasoline and fire are just a few — but dens can also be collapsed to bury the puppies alive, and some have even staked pups to the ground so that the parents could be killed when returning to save their babies.

In the 2012/2013 season, the Wyoming Game and Fish set a quota of 52 wolves to be killed in the so called “Trophy” area. Hunters took a total of 42 wolves in that area before the season closed – Including the famous Alpha female of the Lamar Canyon pack, 832F and one of the pack’s Betas, 754M. This year, WGF has proposed to cut the quota in half, down to 26. The reason being? The wolf population has dropped so low in just a single hunting season that the state is concerned that the Federal government may step in and place protections back onto the wolves.

Another 41 wolves have been killed in the “predator zone”, which covers 85% of the state and allows wolves to be killed on site. No permit to kill a wolf is needed, and wolves can be killed by any method. Any wolf that was lucky enough to survive the winter and spring, mate, and live long enough to have pups now has to worry about denning. Unfortunately, in the predator zone, wolves are allowed to be “denned”. This involves a number of cruel methods to kill pups, and their parents. Dynamite, poison gas, gasoline and fire are just a few- but dens can also be collapsed to bury the puppies alive, and some have even staked pups to the ground so that the parents could be killed when returning to save their babies. Did you know that wolves don’t typically kill puppies that they find? They take them home to raise with their own — so even wolves from other areas may come in to help crying puppies. The predator zone also allows poisoned meats to be laid out for wolves, some people are even placing fish hooks in the meat to tear the organs of the wolves.

Originally the Wyoming Game and Fish department thought that most of the state’s wolves were within the “trophy” area. Even they have shown surprise to the number of wolves killed in the predator zone.

Details of regulation could be found at Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Submit your comments to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department by June 12, 2013.

Download, print, sign and mail this letter
1. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD COMMENTS LETTER

2. Mail it to:

Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Wildlife Division
ATTN: Regulations
3030 Energy Lane
Casper, WY 82604

  1. Andrea Aslin
    Andrea Aslin06-20-2013

    The wolves have an important role to play in nature, in keeping the animal stock strong and healthy.
    These beautiful animals are in need of protection. Stop the slaughter!

  2. Shelley Thome
    Shelley Thome06-16-2013

    God gave the earth to all living creatures not just humans!! We don’t have the right to take life!! You are taking away the beauty of nature from our future generations! What is being done here is barbaric! The last witch hunt for wolves made history because we almost wiped out the population and then had to spend millions of dollars to repopulate them! It was a mistake then and a mistake now! We are supposed to learn from our mistakes not repeat them! Also it really pisses me off that our tax dollars are being used to kill wildlife, this is where we need budget cut backs! The earth is a beautiful self sustaining planet and nature will balance its life force! It’s not our job and if we keep messing with it we are all going to pay the price!! Leave our wildlife alone!!

  3. Shelley Thome
    Shelley Thome06-16-2013

    God gave the earth to all living creatures not just humans!! We don’t have the right to take life!! You are taking away the beauty of nature from our future generations! What is being done here is barbaric! The last witch hunt for wolves made history because we almost wiped out the population and then had to spend millions of dollars to repopulate them! It was a mistake then and a mistake now! We are supposed to learn from our mistakes not repeat them! Also it really pisses me off that our tax dollars are being used to kill wildlife, this is where we need budget cut backs! The earth is a beautiful self sustaining planet and nature will balance its life force! It’s not our job and if we keep messing with it we are all going to pay the price!! Leave are wildlife alone!!

  4. Martin Perlmutter
    Martin Perlmutter06-12-2013

    In an email with subject line: Not a crazy — I wrote:

    But I am a TV producer and a specialist in social media.
    I strongly object to the denning proposal of which I’ve read.
    I have love and respect for Wyoming, have had several chances to visit your stunning scenery and enjoyed your fabulous people.
    I hate some of what I hear you do to wildlife.
    It happens that wildlife conservation is now my work. As soon as I’m done saving Africa’s elephants, I’m coming your way.
    Don’t make me take out my can of Whup-Ass.
    Play nice. Yes, take care of your ranchers. But yes, indeed, preserve and protect your precious wildlife. Because they have a voice, and a vast — a truly vast — constituency with more votes, more money and ultimately a lot more influence than a few local ranchers.

    Peace,

  5. Mireille BACOU
    Mireille BACOU06-11-2013

    This is absolutely sickening. Is there no other way to controll the expansion of wolves’ population ? Something less cruel ?

  6. WiZaRd Of The Wolf Nations
    WiZaRd Of The Wolf Nations06-11-2013

    Wyoming officials, Stop killing our wolves or else we will rise up
    in rebellion and force you and your henchmen
    from power and bring you to justice for your
    crimes against Nature and high treason against
    the the vast majority of citizens of the United States!

  7. WiZaRd Of The Wolf Nations
    WiZaRd Of The Wolf Nations06-11-2013

    These corrupt officials and their special interest henchmen
    should be prosecuted on charges of aggravated poaching,
    animal cruelty, violations of our civil and constitutional rights,
    and high treason, with an attempt to incite a civil war!

    Those ignorant backwards-minded redneck $#i+heads should be put to death
    for their heinous crimes against Nature and high treason!!!

  8. André Rinze
    André Rinze06-11-2013

    I can’t believe that nowadays people are still hunting animals as trophies, hunting was an activity practiced by english colonists in Africa, India and other countries that had big game predators such as tigers, lions, leopards, jaguars, cougars, thylacines (tasmanian wolf), and this colonists were many times ignorants of the fact that animals are finite, that animal populations woupd some day come to an end, ignoring also the ecological importance that this predators have in the ecosystem they live in. As a result, many great species have declined along the years, and kostly on tue last XXth century, having perished the Javan tiger, the Bali tiger, the Persian tiger, the Barbaric Lion, the thylacine, the dodo, the Columbia mammoth, and most recently the Black rhino… So as humans have populated the Earth on every corner of land, people have exterminated other species for their own benefits, causing as mentioned before, lots of species to become extinct, not knowing that this species lived long before the humans arrived to their territory, and also humans should know that they do not own the planet or the species on it, just because God decided to give humans a more developed brain, it doesn’t means humans have the right to exterminate all the other species just because they like to do so, it is just stupid!! I you don’t like living near wild animals then get out of there and go to a more urbanistic city, but do not mess with God’s creatures just because to think to have the right to kill them or because you think they are ‘dangerous’ to the families on the place…

  9. vucica
    vucica06-11-2013

    By now I was praying man to spare the animals, because they have a right to life. The man failed to respond at all. Each day we have more and more monsters in human form.
    States have proven that they are helpless in the implementation of laws that they themselves voted for, do not have the strength to carry out to the end. All we broke ground, except for animals.
    Every person, who hurt an animal in any way, I wish you a slow, painful and difficult death. Let the bar in those moments perceive their misdeeds.
    I have no more mercy for those who have no mercy.

    • Angel Guerrazzi
      Angel Guerrazzi06-12-2013

      My heart and soul are bleeding for our wolves! The packs are being brutally chased down and murdered, and we the people of the USA have OUR right are saying NO, they are ours the USA… How do you kill two month old puppies???? God, “Please Lord, help us to stop this unlawful unwonted wrong… Did they kill them in front of their parents or did their parents have to watch in horror as their parents have to watch in horror as their babies were brutally murdered? I am writing to urge you to maintain federal Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the lower-48 states.

  10. Francesca
    Francesca06-11-2013

    Can we email the comments?

    • ProjectWolf
      ProjectWolf06-11-2013

      Dear Francesca, Wyoming doesn’t have an email address for the comments. The only way to submit the comments at this point is through this webpage:
      http://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011/hunting-1001248.aspx

      It is quite easy to do – there is a link there SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS ONLNE which will take you to their comments form. Please let us know if you have any other questions or need help.

  11. Debz Jones
    Debz Jones06-11-2013

    DISGUSTING AND DISGRACEFUL ACTS OF BARBARICY!!!!, STOP THIS NOW!!!!!!!!!

  12. GINA CHRONOWICZ
    GINA CHRONOWICZ06-11-2013

    Cancel my previous enquiry – just seen details to follow! Duh! X

    • ProjectWolf
      ProjectWolf06-11-2013

      Gina, great!! :) Please let us know if you’ll have any further questions. We want to get as many people submitting comments as possible!

  13. GINA CHRONOWICZ
    GINA CHRONOWICZ06-11-2013

    I would like to send the letter to Game and Fish Dept. by emails from Gt Britain. Can you give me the best contact details to use. I have sent to Sally Jewell previously.

    Thank you.

  14. KAREN WAGSTAFF
    KAREN WAGSTAFF06-11-2013

    I am not an american citizen but i find it so heartwrenching that the people are so crue to the wolves.. Even though the government in England disgust me as much. They are killing our badgers. A simple vaccination against TB would cost less, But i guess people just love to be barbaric . As cavemen we only killed for food and to keep warm.The world wont have any wildlife soon.

  15. Deborah Mills
    Deborah Mills06-11-2013

    You should make signing petitions easier for people by linking the petition to the email.

    • ProjectWolf
      ProjectWolf06-11-2013

      Dear Deborah,

      We wish it was possible in every case. We do have it set up that way for sending a petition to Sally Jewell, but it is different when it comes to submitting the comments to some of the State’s officials as there isn’t always an email they provide, but only a web form on their website. We publish all the instructions they provide and offer you all the ways you could submit your comments. In the case of Wyoming comments – it was only snail-mail option or webform.

      I hope you did submit your comments on their website though (http://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011/hunting-1001248.aspx) , every voice matters!

  16. Lauren
    Lauren06-11-2013

    Submitted the contents of your letter to the Wyoming Game and Fish Dept website (following your instructions of course). Good luck! This is senseless.

    • ProjectWolf
      ProjectWolf06-11-2013

      Lauren, THANK YOU! :)

      Please come back to our Blog for more Action Alerts. Also, you could sign up for our emails and get the latest Action Alerts that way. The email sign up form is at the bottom of every page.

  17. Karen
    Karen06-11-2013

    I Don’t Understand Why People In This World Are So Cruel.

  18. Kerry
    Kerry06-11-2013

    I will never visit WY or spend one dime with a company that is located in that state. The names and addresses of these sickos need to be published as they are no better then child molesters and murderers and people have a right to know if they are living near one of these sickos

  19. sharon webb
    sharon webb06-11-2013

    This is just WRONG people. Begging YOU, each and EVERY one of YOU, to make a comment NOW. They need OUR help — they cannot help themselves. I sincerely thank you for taking a few seconds to post your comment for the Fish & Wildlife group.

  20. Alex
    Alex06-11-2013

    This evil cruelty towards these wolves has got to stop. I’ve seen some nasty and deplorable things in my life, it’s true. But rarely, and I mean very rarely, on such a level as this. I won’t stand for it. No more than the rest of you, or anyone else with so much as half a soul, for that matter, would.

  21. Sharon Trigona
    Sharon Trigona06-11-2013

    I wonder if they’ve even considered how this destroys the balance of nature within the wolf’s realm. My heart hurts to see these beautiful and noble animals being treated this way. </3

  22. Cece Shannon
    Cece Shannon06-11-2013

    This must stop NOW. How heartless are you people? I am ashamed of you.

  23. Joey
    Joey06-11-2013

    PLEASE STOP! What the hell do you people think you’re doing? They might be animals and also have a beating heart and RED blood in their veins, JUST LIKE YOU!

  24. Pauline Rouse
    Pauline Rouse06-11-2013

    Why are people so barbaric? They must be really sick to be able to do this..

  25. Xotzin
    Xotzin06-10-2013

    https://www.facebook.com/WyoGFD/posts/604707116219867 this is the post on the facebook page !!!

  26. Xotzin
    Xotzin06-10-2013

    Proposed Wyoming wolf quotas attract little public comment
    https://www.facebook.com/WyoGFD/posts/604707116219867

    May 25, 2013 10:00 am • By CHRISTINE PETERSON Star-Tribune staff writer(3) Comments
    Game and Fish hosts wolf season meetings

    The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is halfway through a series of public meetings in May to discuss proposed changes to wolf management and seasons including cutting the wolf quota by about half.

    The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission hearing to vote on the changes will be July 9 and 10 in Saratoga. Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. June 12.

    For more information about the proposed changes, go to wgfd.wyo.gov, call 307-473-3400 or write to Game and Fish Casper Regional Office, 3030 Energy Lane, Casper, WY 82604.

    * Jackson: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Buffalo Room of the Virginian Lodge

    * Green River: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Green River Regional Office

    * Sundance: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Crook County Courthouse

    * Casper: 7 p.m. Thursday at the Casper Regional Office

    SHERIDAN — A proposed plan to cut the Wyoming wolf hunting quota in half has generated little public comment during the first of several statewide meetings.

    Two people went to a wolf meeting held by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department on Wednesday night in Sheridan. Dozens of people went to the Sheridan meeting last year to discuss the first wolf hunting season, said Mark Bruscino, large-carnivore section supervisor for Game and Fish.

    The Pinedale meeting in early May had two attendees. Eleven people went to Dubois and four to Laramie. The upcoming meetings in Cody and Jackson may see larger crowds, said Dan Thompson, large-carnivore biologist with Game and Fish.

    “Maybe people think [Game and Fish] has it under control,” said Ron Crispin, one of the two Sheridan meeting attendees.

    Game and Fish officials are proposing cutting the wolf quota in northwest Wyoming from 52 to 26 this year. Wyoming’s first hunting season since wolves were delisted ended in December. Hunters killed 42 wolves, filling the quota in six of the 12 hunt areas.

    The new quota will reduce Wyoming’s wolf population slightly, but also keep it above 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Indian Reservation, a requirement when they were removed from the endangered species list.

    Crispin thinks the new number is conservative. But he also thinks Game and Fish should probably be conservative to avoid wolves going back on the list for protection, he said.

    The Jackson Hole Outfitters and Guides Association publicly supported the new quotas in early May, citing the same concern that wolves not return to the list, according to The Associated Press.

    Thompson said lower public participation compared to last year may also be because the first hunting season went smoothly and with little controversy.

    “People didn’t lose interest, but there was more of a normalization of it,” he said.

    Public participation, whether high or low, won’t change how wolves are managed in Wyoming, he added.

    At the end of 2012, wildlife officials estimated there were at least 169 wolves, 25 packs and 15 breeding pairs in the trophy game and seasonal trophy game management area, which is most of the northwest corner of Wyoming outside of federal lands. In all of Wyoming, including federal lands, wildlife officials estimated there were 277 wolves, 43 packs and 21 breeding pairs.

    That’s about 16 percent fewer wolves in Wyoming than the end of 2011, Bruscino said.

    Wildlife officials need to keep about 140 wolves in Wyoming outside of the Yellowstone and the Wind River Reservation to be sure it also has at least 10 breeding pairs. If the number of individual wolves drops closer to 100, breeding pairs could fall below 10, which could eventually trigger relisting, Bruscino said.

    The hunting quota is decided by taking the number of wolves at the end of a hunting season, adding an estimate of the number of pups that are born and survive, and removing an estimate of the number of human-caused deaths such as removal for livestock depredation and car wrecks.

    Slightly more wolves were killed last year because of livestock issues than biologists planned, and a slightly lower number of pups were brought into the population, Bruscino said. As a result, this year’s hunting season quota was lower than anticipated.

    Wyoming should probably expect a future hunting quota to stabilize between 15 and 25 wolves.

  27. Patricia Lee Jacobo
    Patricia Lee Jacobo06-08-2013

    These acts must be stopped.

    • ProjectWolf
      ProjectWolf06-08-2013

      Dear Patricia,
      thank you for your comments.We couldn’t agree more.

      Have you signed our letter to Sally Jewell? See our TAKE ACTION page. Also, please do send your comments to both Montana and Wyoming. We only have few more days left on the Wyoming comments window. We’ve put the letters and contact information together, all you need to do is to send it. See this page for the details: http://projectwolf.org/category/action-needed/

  28. ldrboyle
    ldrboyle06-07-2013

    This Trophy hunting is cruel and inhumane on innocent wolves! This evil has to be stopped!

    • ProjectWolf
      ProjectWolf06-08-2013

      We couldn’t agree more. :(

      Have you signed our letter to Sally Jewell to oppose such atrocities? If not – see our TAKE ACTION page. Also, please do send your comments to both Montana and Wyoming. We only have few more days left on the Wyoming comments window. We’ve put the letters and contact information together, all you need to do is to send it. See this page for the details: http://projectwolf.org/category/action-needed/

  29. Jane
    Jane06-05-2013

    Disgusting, such barbaric acts from a country that prides itself on compassion for animals and people. You have no right torture and kill these beautiful animals. Who said you could play god with the lives of any living thing on this planet. You are a disgrace.

    • volkiAreTheBest
      volkiAreTheBest06-06-2013

      Dear Jane,

      Yes, what is done to the wolves it is truly awful and just sadistic. :(

      We have just uploaded a sample comments letter that you can print and mail to Wyoming Game and Fish Department. See the box with orange header below the post – it has DOWNLOAD link and the address to mail the letter to.

      The deadline for the letter is June 16-th!

      After you send your letter – please SHARE it with others so we can submit as many comments as possible.

  30. txdlphn
    txdlphn06-05-2013

    Maybe we should put humans on predators list since we can’t to live peaceful with God’s creatures
    Humans should be killed like they kill the wild animals. God created all of us if we can’t live in peace with each other, how can we live peaceful with wild animals. Wyoming should not have a wolf hunt or any kind of hunting if you don’t eat it to maintain the life of your family.

    • volkiAreTheBest
      volkiAreTheBest06-06-2013

      Dear txdlphn,

      We have just uploaded a sample comments letter that you can print and mail to Wyoming Game and Fish Department. See the box with orange header below the post – it has DOWNLOAD link and the address to mail the letter to.

      The deadline for the letter is June 16-th!

      After you send your letter – please SHARE it with others so we can submit as many comments as possible.

  31. Lanette Larson
    Lanette Larson06-05-2013

    Please STOP….this should NOT be taking place!!! They are trying to reintroduce the grey wolf in various States and grow a population — then they turn around and sencesless kill them off!!! Please STOP killing off the wolves—–Please!!!

    • volkiAreTheBest
      volkiAreTheBest06-06-2013

      Dear Lanette, thank you for your comment and we couldn’t agree more.

      We have just uploaded a sample comments letter that you can print and mail to Wyoming Game and Fish Department. See the box with orange header below the post – it has DOWNLOAD link and the address to mail the letter to.

      The deadline for the letter is June 16-th!

      After you send your letter – please SHARE it with others so we can submit as many comments as possible.

    • Allyson Robertson
      Allyson Robertson06-11-2013

      They don’t realize how they are putting our ecosystem in danger. I did an essay last semester in college and the wolves prey on the sick and weak, which in turn helps to protect the other animals from the spread of disease. So many hunters are concerned about the wolf feeding on the deer and elk herds. They better thank them! The wolves are helping to control Chronic Wasting Disease which is highly contagious. Our tax dollars don’t need to spent on killing wolves! When the diseases start spreading like wildfire throughout the other animals, we’ll see how long it takes them to start bringing in wolves to help thin out the weak and sick animals.

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