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Wolves Back On The ESA!

Wolves have been placed back on the Endangered Species list in the Great Lakes region, West Coast states and southern Rocky Mountains. The wolves in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming remain under state management, for now. That footing is tenuous at best however as witnessed by the following… 

“The court ruling does not restore protection to wolves in the northern Rockies, as wolves in that region lost their protection prior to the delisting rule challenged in this case. However, in response to an emergency petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and its partners, the Fish and Wildlife Service determined in September that protecting the species in the northern Rockies may be warranted based largely on new laws in Idaho and Montana that authorize the widespread killing of wolves.”


As I stood in our booth at the Western Hunting & Conservation Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah this news was made known to me by an industry friend. I had previously written a blog about the “possibility” of this decision but hadn’t expected it to come through so quickly. I should not have been surprised. As word of this spread around the show the collective mood was one of “phew, at least Idaho, Montana and Wyoming dodged that bullet.” My question is, have we? 

The last couple lines of the above block quote clearly indicate the intentions of groups such as, Earthjustice, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, the Humane Society of the United States, Sierra Club, National Parks Conservation Association and Oregon Wild, just to name a few. It is only a matter of time until these radical groups bring court cases aimed at stripping Idaho, Montana and Wyoming of their rightful and balanced wolf management capabilities. 

“Oh Todd, you’re being a paranoid alarmist.” 

Really? Read these words from the horse’s mouth… 

“Again and again, we’ve had to take the fight for wolves to the courts,” said Adkins. “I’m relieved that the court set things right but saddened that hundreds of wolves suffered and died under this illegal delisting rule. It will take years to undo the damage done to wolf populations.”


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  1. Washington state governor has already directed wdfw to ammend the current rules for cattle killed by wolves. He instructed them to just tell the rancher tough s$$t, your loss. No more wolves can be killed. We have lost 75% of the moose herd and now 65% of the Blue Mountains elk herd. With no elk and moose to hunt makes jobs at wdfw needless. The displaced creatures from this wolf reintroduction is just becoming evident. Some are going instinct due to starvation or not being able to compete with these giant hybrids. The ripple affects are already hurting humans as well. We can no longer hunt elk in blue mountains because the wolves have killed 3000 elk in 3 years. Over half the herd. Bones littering the mountain. All the food wasted on predator that has 24/7/365 hunting rights. Constantly chasing them. The snow is so deep during the winter months they must leave the timber to survive and are ran till their tongues are hanging out to the ground, then eaten alive because they can no longer run. Sounds like a typical liberal cause where everyone suffers from their senseless feeling decisions. Everything suffers from these people making and allowing this to happen. Washington state herds cannot sustain these wolves. Very soon entire state eco will be destroyed. Another sad day on the mountain as wolves kill another cow elk pregnant with calf and another and another and another. The common sense factor no longer exists. Ignorance and feelings has taken over.

  2. Words matter ! Selective Word choice in using written or spoken language matters.

    A Non holistic / non big picture view matters as well !

    Dissect the chosen paragraph from the Anti community used within this article. Look at the words selected and the 1 side bias used to support their twisted clueless argument.

    This Bio Diversity coalition presents the wolf only side in the eco system. This totally disregards the bigger picture of the entire ecosystem and the dramatic cause and effects. Are they at all concerned about protection of elk or deer herds ?

    The last sentence is evilly constructed and false. Suggesting That it’s “illegal” and “widespread killing”. First it’s legal or otherwise would be poaching – so that’s 100% false. Using widespread killing as the chosen words is pure embellishment, because the” legally and ethically harvested wolves are part of a structured proven methodology to maintain biodiversity by balancing animals against the holistic carrying capacity.

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