Thursday, August 27, 2009

Please help save Idaho's Wolves

Once again, Idaho officials have announced that they plan to allow hunters to target the 1,000 wolves in Idaho, shooting and killing up to 220 wolves during this hunting season alone. The aim is to reduce the population by half, which will kill parents and leave many orphaned wolf cubs to starve to death in the harsh winter months ahead. And all this is happening because Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, has rubber-stamped a Bush Administration decision to delist the wolf as an endangered species, though every scientific study done to date emphasizes that the population has not fully recovered and continues to be targeted by cattle ranchers, bounty hunters and ignorant state governors pandering to the hunting community.

If you have ever had the opportunity to see a wolf in the wild, as I have, you would never believe anyone is capable of the cold-blooded slaughter planned in Idaho. Yet in just a few days, more than four thousand - of an estimated 70,000 - wolf-killing permits have already been sold, so I urge you to please help Defenders of Wildlife save these wolves. Go here and fill out the form to send President Obama a message urging him to halt Idaho’s horrific wolf hunt and restore the Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Idaho and Montana. It will only take a few minutes of your time and it could save these magnificent and misunderstood animals for future generations. Thank you!


Lezlie said...

I just signed and passed the information along. Thank you so much for letting us know.


C.W. Gortner said...

Thank you, Lezlie! Every signature helps!!

Anne Gilbert said...

I have signed the petition. I also let people know about it on Facebook. I have also blogged about this disgusting potential slaughter on my blog The Writer's Daily Grind at:, if you care to go there. I have some pretty strong opinions about this, and I got some flak for it.
Anne G

C.W. Gortner said...

Good for you, Anne! I'm sorry you got some flak, but you're standing up for creatures who cannot speak for themselves and I, for one, applaud you for it! Thank you. We need everyone who can to get out there and tell Idaho that killing wolves at all is unacceptable. There are better ways to manage conflicts with livestock, etc. as Defenders of Wildlife has proven over and over.

Unknown said...

I live in Boise Idaho and I dont see the big deal Everyday millions of male chickens are ground up because they cant lay eggs. It is called human existence and Sorry but the wolves need to be culled. you eastern people think you have it all figured out and sometimes you are right but this time you are wrong. The issue here first and foremost was that no one asked Idahoans if it was ok to release wolves. you just did it because you thought it best. Well that is why 80 percent of Idaho wants the wolves hunted and their numbers dropped. Then when we do something about it everyone calls for a boycott of idaho potatoes. no one here cares what out of state people want about our wolves. I myself have a hunting permit and will hunt wolves along with deer and Elk. If I get one great if not then always next year. Leave my state alone. You dont like it stay away. There are only wolves with any numbers in Idaho Alaska and Montana. Let them go in your state and see how the people react. I would ask them this time before you do it. Not force them to accept it.