Save Gray Wolves So We Can Slaughter Them?

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Originally Posted: 5 September 2009

Save Gray Wolves So We Can Slaughter Them?

From Kinship Circle

It is not too late to halt the wolf hunt and renew Endangered Species Act safeguards for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies.

The gray wolf, also called timber wolf, is the largest wild member of the Canidae family and an ice age survivor originating during the Late Pleistocene around 300,000 years ago...

Today their fate is uncertain, amid pressure to kill wolves at the behest of cattle ranchers vying for autonomous grazing grounds. The removal of Northern Rocky Mountain gray wolves from the list of endangered wildlife is also a gift to logging, drilling and hunting industries.

Private industries have persuaded federal agencies like the Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, and Bureau of Land Management to poison prairie dogs, haze buffalo, roundup wild horses...and delist wolves for open season.

Taxpayers spent millions to recover the very same wolves the Obama administration is now letting Greater Yellowstone states kill. There is no comprehensive federal wolf plan...just a bunch of guys in camouflage gunning down wolves in Idaho and Montana.

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President Barack Obama
The White House / 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW / Washington, DC 20500
comments (202) 456-1111
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Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
U.S. Department of the Interior
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW, Room 3256
MailStop 3238 MIB / Washington, DC 20240-0001
ph: 1-800-344-9453; email: contact@fws.gov
Sam D. Hamilton, Director: Director@fws.gov
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Dr. Rowan W. Gould, Deputy Director: Rowan_Gould@fws.gov
USFWS Mountain-Prairie Region: MountainPrairie@fws.gov

Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 25 / Boise, ID 83707
Walk-in Address: 600 S. Walnut / Boise, ID 83712
ph: 208-334-3700; fax: 208-334-2148, 208-334-2114
email: idfginfo@idfg.idaho.gov
web form: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/inc/contact.cfm

Montana Department of Fish and Game
Joe Maurier, Director, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
1420 East Sixth Avenue / P.O. Box 200701 / Helena, MT 59620-0701
ph: 406-444-2535; fax: 406-444-4952; email: fwpgen@mt.gov

Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter
Office of the Governor, Idaho
P.O. Box 83720 / Boise, Idaho 83720
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email: governor@gov.idaho.gov
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Governor Brian D. Schweitzer
Office of the Governor, Montana State Capitol Bldg.
P.O. Box 200801 / Helena MT 59620-0801
ph: 406-444-3111; fax: 406-444-5529
email: BrianSchweitzer@mt.gov, governor@mt.gov
web form: http://governor.mt.gov/contact/commentsform.asp

IDAHO & MONTANA RESIDENTS ONLY: Contact your federal and state legislators

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State of Idaho Legislature, ph: 208-334-2475
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Montana State Senate, fax:406-444-4875
PO Box 200500 / Helena, MT 59620-0500

Montana State House of Representatives, fax: 406-444-4825
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Dear President Obama, Secretary Salazar, State and Federal Officials:

I am shocked that the Obama administration has activated a Bush-era rule to remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species list. The delisting of Greater Yellowstone wolves basically sanctions their slaughter.

Montana opens fire on 9/15/09 with a 75-wolf limit. Idaho's race to kill up to 25% of its wolves (during this season alone) began on 9/1/09. Idaho's Fish and Game Department hopes to sell 70,000 permits. That's too many trophy hunters to unleash on a wolf population that has not fully rebounded.

Idaho's estimated 1,000 wolves cannot withstand an annual hunt. Yet this year officials set a 330-wolf quota -- with Idaho hunters allowed to take 220 wolves. The state's Nez Perce tribe may kill another 35 wolves.

Where is the intelligent strategy to sustain the very wolves that Americans salvaged from near extinction? Instead, we are asked to standby as Idaho and Montana aim for possibly the largest wolf bloodbath since the 1930s.

It is not too late to halt the hunt and renew Endangered Species Act safeguards for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies. I urge you to take meaningful action to reinstate protections now.

At the very least, suspend this irresponsible wolf "management" plan until it undergoes the type scientific scrutiny the Obama administration advocates. Secretary Salazar's original verdict to delist wolves didn't assess biological repercussions. It failed to consider Idaho's policy for the unsustainable killing of hundreds of wolves.

During the Bush administration, conservation groups convinced a federal court to reject the same delisting rule. This time, 13 groups filed a similar lawsuit to restore endangered species status for wolves.

Wolves are key to thriving ecosystems. But state plans seem more focused on eradication than ecologically balanced wildlife populations. The federal government needs to defend the wolves that U.S. citizens invested millions in tax dollars to save.

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
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Two Idaho hunters kill wolves on opening day
http://www.idahostatesman.com/235/story/884635.html

Wolf hunting now legal but still controversial
http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/09/03/wolf.hunt/index.html

Reinstate Federal Protections for Northern Rockies Wolves
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/165659664?z00m=19787956

Idaho Wolf Tags Went On Sale August 24, 2009
http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/apps/releases/view.cfm?NewsID=5055

U.S. Fish & Wildlife / Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains
http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/wolf/

PHOTO COLLAGE CREDITS

Idaho hunters kill wolves on opening day:
http://www.idahostatesman.com/235/story/884635.html

National Geographic, Joel Sartore; bricabrackorner.com/Wolf3W.jpg;
2008 PiedType.com.jpg; West Yellowstone, Montana 2/9/08:
http://jugalbandi.info/2008/03/gray-wolves/


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