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Idaho Fish and Game ordered to stop killing wolves


Pack of wolves in the summer
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Due to mounting pressure from anti-hunting and animal rights groups, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) will not kill any wolves within the federally-protected Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness during the upcoming winter. 

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This decision is in response to a lawsuit filed by Earthjustice on behalf of long-time Idaho conservationist and wilderness advocate Ralph Maughan and four environmental groups: Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project, Wilderness Watch and the Center for Biological Diversity. Historically, the state’s wolf management plan allowed for the killing of up to 60% of resident wolves over multiple years as a way to help elk herds and keep wolf packs under control.

While this decision changes how the IDFG will approach wolf management within the River of No Return Wilderness, according to a letter sent to Earthjustice by the U.S. Forest Service, recreational take of wildlife will remain in this region under IDFG Commission seasons and rules. Additionally, the U.S. Forest Service supports the continuation of hunting within the area.


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Richard P. - posted 4 years ago on 08-24-2015 03:34:51 pm

The sad truth is that there is not one Federal Agency that is run effective and efficient. On this fact alone U.S. Fish and wildlife should stay out of the individual states job. For the most part they are doing just find. Emotionalism called science is political science. Everything was going just fine in Yellowstone park until the feds got involved. As far as these over hipped words Climate Change came when there was no scientific basis for global warming and there is no scientific basis for man caused climate change. The climate changes by itself! As for humans hunting differently taking the big mature animals. I suppose we should attack the elk calving beds as to wolves. Killing both the mother or investment as you say and the baby dividends. The topic of humans take one in five large carnivores a year can not be sustained. Wolves can and do having 2-3 litters a year with 4-6 pups. With out human depredation there would no elk deer and moose over time like Yellowstone park area. Just on a side note over human history private landowners has done a much better job of managing the animals and the land. Less than 2% of the national forest growth of trees has been harvested or managed in the last 42 years since the signing of the E.P.A. Would some body want to guess at how many endangered species has been killed by wild fires. Mankind has been on this earth for 3-6,000,000 years, according to Smithsonian. all I want is some common sense solution's with out emotional science.

Margaret G. - posted 4 years ago on 08-21-2015 07:17:05 pm

Always nice to get others opinions. Thanks to all. Everyone is entitled to one and many are interesting. First, I have fished in Ontario for 21-yrs. Second, I have hunted but would rather shoot wildlife w/my camera. Third, states don't own wildlife they are employed to manage wildlife, Fourth, I contribute funds to wildlife/environment in many other ways including game licenses and I think the article that follows is rather interesting when bringing up sustainability.

Robert H. - posted 4 years ago on 08-12-2015 10:12:44 pm

Margret G all of the habitat restoration for all species of animals come from hunters and fishers. To date I have not seen a single group of wildlife lovers that prefer all of them should be sustained without some kind of control. There is a balance in the wild and we as hunters and fishers have no desire to kill off every animal. Our goal is to have a sustainable harvest so we can participate in the life that we have lived with for most of our lives. We hunt and love the lifestyle we live and feed our families with the meat we harvest. We as hunters have no desire to kill every animal in the woods! More so we actually provide the dollars through organizations like the Rocky Mtn Elk foundation..The Mule Deer Foundation ...Bighorn Sheep Society.. National Wild Turkey Foundation and I can type on forever on the names of organizations that actually raise money and hand it to the State to make really good stuff happen on the ground. Look at Trout Unlimited? They also put money to the water!! I do not see any anti-fishing groups donating raised dollars to protect the fish! I guess what I am saying is.. no we as hunters do not own the game but we as hunters sure do our part to protect them and conserve our very valuable resource! We love the Game and Fish as much as you but we probably differ on the way to sustain them. I believe the way hunters and fishers have done it is the great north American model that many countries should follow! In fact if you place a value on anything it becomes more valuable! Do people not want to see wild game? Or be able to fish a piece of water and catch a fish? If you are just an Anti-hunter person just say so! Otherwise I believe what hunters and fishers have done to make habitat better for all species of wild game and fish. We are the ones that actually live the life and fish and hunt so why in the world would we want to claim to "own them" We as hunters and fishers love them and help to sustain them as we have a vested interest! I guess you do not understand us or I don't understand you!

Richard P. - posted 4 years ago on 08-12-2015 11:32:33 am

The problem with the current system is lawyers are rewarded by tax payer money whether they win or loose. Science never wins. The swings of elk and Wolfe populations have been with us for ever documented by Lewis and Clark in the 1850's. All Idaho fish and Game want to do is level out the swings of high and low populations then we all win, environs, hunters, wolves, elk, moose and deer. The problem with this solution is the Lawyers loose, IE no lawsuits.

colby d. - posted 4 years ago on 08-12-2015 09:57:21 am


The state owns the animals and the states organization (game and fish) should be able to manage how they see best, of all animals. Abnoxious lawsuits from worthless organizations hinder the ability of the game and fish to do their job. Thanks for being part of the problem.

Margaret G. - posted 4 years ago on 08-11-2015 07:22:41 pm

loran w. - You meant OUR elk mule deer? You feel hunters OWN wildlife? Guess again.

loran w. - posted 4 years ago on 08-06-2015 06:26:50 pm

That is bullshit why do people do that ?? There are way to many wolves in the United states that are killing are elk mule Deer .