Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Trapping is not the way to control wolves

    In an ongoing attempt to reduce wolf numbers in Idaho, I was not surprised to read that Idaho Fish and Game will open wolf trapping in formerly closed areas throughout the Wood River Valley and the Sawtooths.
     Many are not aware of the collateral damage as a consequence of this barbaric control method. State public records shows widespread capture and mortality of non-target animals related to Idaho wolf trapping.
    During the 2011-2012 season, trappers, in an attempt to trap wolves, have captured approximately 246 non-target animals. This partial list includes 1 bear, 2 bobcats, 47 coyotes, 80 deer, 18 elk, 4 moose, 22 fishers, 26 mountain lions and 12 domestic pets. This is in one year and only what was reported.
    For those of us that live here, primarily because of the close proximity of national forest and relishing the sight of any wild animal, it is reprehensible now to have to be wary to go off trail, and to be ever more vigilant with children and dogs in tow.  
Jini Griffith


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