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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2014 12:00 am

The Idaho Fish and Game killing proposal is a money-making tool. The IDFG budget comes mainly from hunting permits. IDFG leans heavily one-sided in favor of ranchers, outfitters and hunters, therefore Idaho must remain an elk farm.

Commissioner Brad Corkill (Panhandle), responding to questions, said he’d be glad to see all wolves disappear from the state. Such a biased opinion should’ve disqualified him immediately.

Researchers (Earthweek, Jan. 20) caution that loss of habitat and killing by humans are ravaging the population of about three-quarters of the world’s largest carnivores, wolves included. “Their ranges are collapsing, many of these animals are at risk of extinction, either locally or globally,” said lead author William Ripple of Oregon State University. The loss of the predators at the top of the natural food chain is allowing the numbers of other species to surge, including elk and deer.

Some biologists worry that a moose population unchecked by wolves on Michigan’s Isle Royal could upset the balance of food webs (National Parks Magazine, Winter 2014).

IDFG even hired a professional killer to shoot wolves in the Frank Church Wilderness where wolves belong.

It is unethical and complacent to look the other way or remain silent.

CECILIA NOLTHENIUS

Coeur d’Alene

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15 comments:

  • nwrednk posted at 4:54 am on Fri, Jan 31, 2014.

    nwrednk Posts: 3

    We already have the best example & the most sucessfull result of wolves "known as the dog"!!! We do not need wolves!!! My beagle is a very good hunter & there is ZERO danger of him killing me! And thanks to his loud voice makes for a great guard dog as well! Most breeds like a beagle have been a humans best friend for thousands of years & privide a good source of warmth on a cold night as they love to snuggle up to people as if we were a member of "the pack"!

     
  • rationaldiscussionplz posted at 9:54 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    rationaldiscussionplz Posts: 266

    "It is unethical and complacent to look the other way or remain silent."

    I agree with this statement. It is unethical and intellectually dishonest to look the other way or remain silent as wolves are foisted upon us.

    Wolves are violent predators. They are an enormous risk to the lives, finances and general welfare of Idaho's citizens.

    Wolves are well known for their "surplus killing." Since the introduction of wolves, the populations of deer, elk, moose and sheep in wolf-populated areas have plummeted, according to wilderness guides.

    In April 2013, two wolves killed 13 sheep in one night, and a USDA Wildlife Services director noted that not a single one had been fed upon. In August 2013, two wolves were responsible for the deaths of 176 sheep on a ranch in southern Idaho. In the early 2000s, wolves killed 105 sheep overnight in the same area.

    According to Idaho Fish and Game, in 2012 wolves killed 337 sheep and 92 cattle in Idaho alone. In August 2008, 120 sheep were killed by wolves in a pasture south of Dillon, Washington. The same rancher had 26 sheep killed by wolves the previous month, and noted, “I had tears in my eyes, not only for myself but for what my stock had to go through. They were running, getting chewed on, bit and piled into a corner. They were bit on the neck, on the back, on the back of the hind leg. They’d cripple them, then rip their sides open.” It was also noted that the carcasses of the dead sheep were almost all intact—the wolves were killing just for the fun of it. It was estimated by the National Agricultural Statistics Service that roughly 7,800 cattle were killed by wolves in 2011 alone.

    In 2012, National Agricultural Statistics Service data noted that roughly 7,800 cattle were killed by wolves in 2011. Calculating the net income of a cow over its lifetime as $2,580, that's more than $20,000,000 in cattle destroyed by wolves in a single year.

    From 2010 to April 2013 there were 136 verified wolf attacks in Michigan. It’s worth noting that in 1999 when there were only 40 wolves in Michigan, there were only four wolf attacks, but by 2010 when there were 577 wolves in the state there were 49 verified attacks.

    Wolves commonly carry rabies and have a high incidence of transmission of disease and parasites to people and other animals. There are 50 known wolf parasites that have been spread to other species, including humans. They are opportunistic carnivores and will even eat members of their own pack—the sick, the injured, the very recently-deceased—wolves are cannibalistic, which further-spreads pestilence in their populations.

    Wolves are far from the noble, cuddly creatures they're portrayed as by those who would like to see humans barred from enjoying nature, living freely or safely owning rural property, ranches and farms. Wolves are savage predators. They kill indiscriminately without regard to anything except their own instinct to do it. It is completely unethical to oppose efforts to keep the wolf population in check.

     
  • Joe D posted at 7:17 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Joe D Posts: 2512

    Hey boys I found LMYCDA... Check it out.

    https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1/1743736_422212031215082_1624454664_n.jpg

     
  • milburnschmidt posted at 5:04 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    milburnschmidt Posts: 1161

    Money talks Cecilia I hope you don't get your information from earthweek not a very accurate description of the Idaho game herds. Wolves are legal to hunt. The hunting only reduces their numbers slightly they are in no danger of becoming extinct. If you don't like hunting or game control that's tough your siude lost that battle. Now do something constructive like finding LMYCDA before he goes beserk and bites somebodys ankles.

     
  • Joe D posted at 9:42 pm on Sun, Jan 26, 2014.

    Joe D Posts: 2512

    Blakecarson I totally agree, 110%. I guess lmycda just has a hard time with the reality that he or she is wrong.

     
  • Blakecarson40 posted at 8:01 pm on Sun, Jan 26, 2014.

    Blakecarson40 Posts: 269

    JoeD, I seriously think LMYCDA wears a helmet and lives in a padded room. There can be no other explanation. His/her responses are not from a well balanced person or even remotely balanced for that matter. Add in extreme hatefullness and vitriol and endless taunts and threats against anybody thinking differently and it adds up to a dangerous person really, long divorced from reality or courteous discourse or even basic respect for other people. Ironically, he/she is the first to cry wolf and call threatening any benign letter containing but a fraction of the hostility he/she exudes.
    And there is a pattern of nobody coming to her/his defense. Even those on her/his side are embarrassed at the antics.

     
  • local res posted at 5:41 pm on Sun, Jan 26, 2014.

    local res Posts: 1164


    Please ask our legislators to vote against the proposed increase in hunting fees put forth by the Fish & Game. The department is short of funds due to the policies that they have enacted. The introduction of the wolf into Idaho and the decreased opportunity to fish had led to decline in residents willing to purchase hunting and fishing license and tags. When I was a boy my dad would take me to the mountains to fish for trout. Today if I want to take my grandchildren to catch and eat a trout it is to a pond. This is the result of a change in policies of hatchery raised trout. Up till a few years ago the F & G planted trout in all rivers and streams. However after decades of this practice they are reverting back to having only native stock in the river systems. Now to take my grandchildren fishing outside of a pond I have to first have them learn to fly fish and then forget about eating any of the catch as many of the rivers/steams are strictly catch and release. The elk and deer hunting using hunting zones and A or B tags has become more about managing people instead of animals. And the F&G wonders why we are not buying hunting and fishing licenses. Representative I believe it is time to scale back the department until the actual hunting and fishing opportunities has increased.

     
  • local res posted at 5:09 pm on Sun, Jan 26, 2014.

    local res Posts: 1164

    Only under duress has the Fish & Game designated the wolf as a big game animal instead of predator. A predator can be shot by anyone regardless of age or sex.

     
  • local res posted at 5:07 pm on Sun, Jan 26, 2014.

    local res Posts: 1164

    CECILIA and LMYCDA seem to forget that the wolf is not the top of the food chain. Man is at the top and will manage other predators either through the law or against the law but one way or another the wolf problem will be managed.

     
  • Joe D posted at 4:40 pm on Sun, Jan 26, 2014.

    Joe D Posts: 2512

    lmycda Go live with my boyfriend Snowden? I don't have a "boyfriend" that's your buddy Mahuin's bag, not mine. Idaho has been my home since I was six years old and that's been fifty two years now, so I'm not packing up and going anywhere. Eventually we will weed out all of you liberal nut jobs, then things will be as they should be in Idaho; conservative. Also I have never gone by Idaho Joe, but if you get off on thinking that, by all means, be my guest. You should seek some kind of professional help, you are in serious need of it...

     
  • Blakecarson40 posted at 3:59 pm on Sun, Jan 26, 2014.

    Blakecarson40 Posts: 269

    LMYCDA, I'm glad to see your cartoonish and outlandish responses and disdain for reasonable differences of opinion extend across many issues.
    Now on with your name calling, endless exclamation points and CAPS, and intolerance of any opinion not matching yours.

     
  • LMYCDA posted at 3:35 pm on Sun, Jan 26, 2014.

    LMYCDA Posts: 1791

    A clueless extremist? Joe D aka IdahoJoe...you are what is wrong with this state and country. Please pack up and go live with your boyfriend..Snowden!!

     
  • LMYCDA posted at 3:34 pm on Sun, Jan 26, 2014.

    LMYCDA Posts: 1791

    You are sick, sick and very sick!!! Now you people are going to let 10 YEAR OLDS the right shoot BIG GAME!!! Only in the dum state of Idaho and them blame it on the WOLVES!!!

     
  • 3Cheers posted at 1:13 pm on Sun, Jan 26, 2014.

    3Cheers Posts: 374

    Cecilia I believe you should invite a pack of wolves into your home where you can nurture and provide for the misunderstood creatures.

     
  • Joe D posted at 11:27 am on Sun, Jan 26, 2014.

    Joe D Posts: 2512

    Another clueless extremist .

    http://www.cdapress.com/columns/my_turn/article_f57fdade-0274-5ddd-ac78-e2972ddec9bb.html

    http://m.spokesman.com/stories/2013/aug/06/speak-for-wolves/

    http://www.wolf.org/wolves/news/live_news_detail.asp?id=4968

     
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