Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Wolf plan is death knell


Alert: Wolves and our Idaho culture need our help.

I attended the recent wolf hearing in Hailey on Dec. 17 and testified against Idaho Fish and Game's plan to "manage" wolves, if de-listed. I was appalled at the lack of knowledge/answers Fish and Game had regarding their proposal. It was unbalanced, biased for ranchers and the hunting industry and without scientific data already established.

This is an extermination plan for wolves. We have seen an unprecedented recovery of this magnificent animal and have spent money to do so. Now, Gov. Butch Otter proposes spending millions more of our tax dollars to slaughter three-quarters of our wolf success story and eliminate enormous amounts of money for public wolf-viewing opportunities.

Wolves can't be "managed" as bears and cougars, which are "loners." Wolves are a family/pack animal with a hierarchy.

Ungulates have been consistent since wolf re-introduction and often higher than before wolves being present. Wolves kill old, sick, injured elk and deer, culling and refining the herds.

The plan fails to advocate for non-lethal methods of keeping wolves and livestock apart and protecting wolves.

The wolf numbers objectives are incredibly low throughout the 14-state data analysis units (DAUs), further underscoring F&G's admitted lack of understanding of wolves.

Please, the public, act now! E-mail: idfginfo@idfg.idaho.gov.

"First, let us do no harm" to our ecosystem and its species.

Jennifer Montgomery

Hailey




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