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Idaho Has Declared a War on Wolves

posted Jun 2, 2014, 4:50 PM by chloe owens

5/28/14, by Suzanne Stone, Jackson Hole News & Guide

Idaho has declared a war on wolves

The state has been working to undermine this conservation success story by proclaiming its intentions to kill most of its 659 wolves.  Since December, Idaho state officials have authorized concealed aerial-gunning programs, paid contractors to attempt to kill entire wolf packs in wilderness areas, allowed wolf-killing derbies to take place and liberalized hunting and trapping regulations… Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s recently established “Wolf Control Fund and State Board” is charged with killing hundreds more wolves, with funding coming from state taxpayers. What is truly destructive is that state officials seem bent on perpetuating a culture of fear and loathing toward wolves…And livestock losses to wolves have always ranked among the lowest causes of livestock loss in the West.