Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Idaho needs to stop killing wildlife

    Thank you for your article “No wolves found yet in colt-killing incident.” Idaho seems to love its partnership with Wildlife Services, an agency whose only service to wildlife is to kill them—an agency that is currently under an investigation by some members of Congress due to its inhumane practices.
    There are plenty of nonlethal methods of deferral available—methods that have been proven effective. Yet Idaho wants only to kill. Under one proposal, hunters would be allowed to bait wolves in to be killed, thereby training them to approach human scent and livestock—the exact opposite of using nonlethal methods. In another proposal, Governor Butch Otter has tried to set up a $2 million dollar fund for a wolf control board. This fund is notable in that it is only for wolf killing, and there are no monies allocated for non-lethal deterrence. Recently, Idaho carried out a “secret mission” to exterminate 23 wolves in the Lolo area by aerial gunning from helicopters.
    Idaho needs to stop the killing mentality and choose life.
Janet Hoben
Burbank, Calif.


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