Hundreds of wolves have been killed in the northern Rockies since the Obama administration approved the Bush administration’s wrongheaded plan to prematurely eliminate federal protections for these magnificent animals — more than 230 have been killed during wolf hunts that began in September and continue in Idaho even now.
Idaho has already extended its hunting season, putting even more wolf families in the crosshairs even pregnant wolf mothers due to give birth this spring.
The Idaho legislature has drafted an “emergency” resolution (HCR043) aimed at killing all but 150 of the 1,020 wolves in the state… “by any means.”
The resolution would open the door to extended wolf hunting seasons (including additional predator derbies targeting wolves), poisoning, trapping, and even aerial wolf-killing programs such as those used in Alaska and championed by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
Anti-wolf legislation like this (and the recent “no wolves allowed” bill passed by Utah’s legislature) is why Defenders of Wildlife has launched a member-supported full-court press to save wolves, with legal action to restore life-saving protections for these magnificent animals and on-the-ground wolf education and conservations efforts.