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Ever since Obama and John Tester worked to remove wolves form the endangered species list for political purposes, it's been bad times for wolves. Of course, there's a track record for all of this. It was the failure of the states that initially killed off the wolves to begin with, forcing them into the government's hands and the Endangered Species List.

It looks like the states are at it again, and this time Idaho is leading the path to extermination.

There were many of us who cried foul when Tester introduced a rider that would undermine the ESA, the first of its kind, opening the door for wholesale destruction of species by single interests. It was even more shocking when Obama signed the bill into law.

Reasonable people would expect a few wolves to be killed with rifles, and that many of these would be clean. But there's nothing reasonable about the wolf hate in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

Recent images have become available of a trapped wolf at the far end of a blood circle in the snow. In the photo, a hunter appears to be smiling for a pose. Posters to the website indicate the wolf was shot at while it waited for the trapper to return. Who knows how long it was there, but it looked like quite a while with all that blood in the snow.

WARNING: Do not view these photos unless you can handle graphic images:

Those who read the forum comments may find the comments that describe the scene disturbing. The apparent outright hate for such a beautiful animal species is shocking, and shows the very worst of human nature.

On top of these disgusting events, there looks to be big trouble at the top of the Idaho Game and Fish Commission, where at a recent meeting Commission Chair Tony McDermott made unsubstantiated population estimates of 1200-1600 wolves in Idaho, which is far above the 560-575 wolves reported to be in the state on January 1. Wildlife experts in the know countered the ridiculous claim, but no science was given to back the numbers.

The stated goal of Idaho Wolf management by the state is 150 wolves, or fifteen breeding pairs.

Idaho has more public land than most places in the lower 48, and more wilderness as well. The state can easily hold far more wolves, and some feel such a low number would make the packs nonviable.

You can read more about the Idaho meeting, in which most attendees supported cutting back on the hunt, here:

Wolves are being shot from the air by helicopters. They are being trapped, and dying slow, painful deaths. This is not what people expected when we delisted our symbol of wilderness.

If there's a bright spot in any of this, it's that the wolves can be put back on the Endangered Species List if their populations fall below 150, or if states show a management policy that endangers the animals. But with biased state game agencies responsible for the counting, when using bad numbers, whose to say how many wolves there really are?  At the very least, the counting program should be done at the federal level, away from the state influence which is easily corrupted.

History is repeating itself. Once again, states are attempting to exterminate the wolf, and Idaho is leading the way. Will they succeed again? Will the wolf be put back on that list? Take a look at the photos, friends.

John tester, you made a mistake. President Obama, you made a mistake. Time to right a wrong.

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Granite Tower
222 N 32nd Street, Suite 102
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Silver Bow Center
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Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

122 W Towne
Glendive, MT 59330
Phone: (406) 365-2391
Fax: (406) 365-8836

Great Falls
119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

14 Third Street E, Suite 230
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

130 W Front Street
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193
Washington, D.C.

Please contact Senator Tester's office in Washington, D.C. with your questions about legislation or to send your thoughts about matters before the Senate.
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Fax: (202) 224-8594

Department of the Interior

Mailing Address:
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
Phone: (202) 208-3100

Idaho Fish and Game:

eadquarters Mailing Address:

    P.O. Box 25
    Boise, ID 83707

Headquarters Street / Walk-in Address:

    600 S. Walnut
    Boise, ID 83712

Telephone: (208) 334-3700
Fax: (208) 334-2148 / (208) 334-2114
Idaho Relay Service: 1-800-377-2529 (TDD)

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  •  Man - I hate the complete ignorance of (5+ / 0-)
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    Gallatin, Alexandre, weck, sockpuppet, cany

    these fear-filled haters of wolves.  Back in the 70s and 80s, we realized the importance of having a top predator in any ecosystem to keep the delicate balance of nature.  Without these wolves to keep the numbers of ungulates and rodents (what wolves eat 80% of the year) down, prey animals increase to the point where they overgraze the available vegetation and also become weaker as a species. Wolves do indeed cull the herds of they old, diseased or weak.  We spent thousands of hours and millions of dollars to restore these natural predators and how soon it was forgotten.  Now hunters, ranchers, the NRA and politicians are influencing these crazy decisions.  Where are the loud voices of wildlife biologists, environmental groups and intelligent voters... oh, that's us!  I've sent emails and made phone calls - I just wish I was a billionaire to buy some votes in our (and the wolves) favor.  

    "George Washington: "The power under the Constitution will always be in the people.... and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can, and undoubtedly will, be recalled." 1787

    by moose67 on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 10:44:07 AM PDT

  •  Minnesota (2+ / 0-)
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    weck, sockpuppet

    is planning its first wolf hunting season since removal from the Endangered Species list this fall/winter.

    Of course, we have more wolves than all of the rest of the lower 48 states combined, so the overall population won't be in jeopardy.

  •  I couldn't look at the pictures... (4+ / 0-)
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    weck, DrTerwilliker, Gallatin, sockpuppet

    but thank you for posting this concerned diary. I get emails on the wolves and always participate in online petitions concerning their plight. Ignorance rules this day and age, and that's what we're up against on so many levels.

  •  I support (1+ / 0-)
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    Defenders of Wildlife, the wolves are a major issue, they file lawsuits, they lobby,  they sometimes even win.

  •  this is standard operating procedure for (1+ / 0-)
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    any critter which may injure us.   I am very disturbed by the proliferation of reality shows on "rattlesnake roundups" where snakes are captured and then cooked.  The same for shows about attacks on humans by bears and coyotes.  The final absurdity is the shows on shark attacks at a time 90% of the traditional shark population has been harvested for their fins.

    With larger predatory species, most of which have seen a 90% or more decline since the 1960s, many of them will be extinct within the next 20 years, except for those held in zoos  

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