Target: Governor Butch Otter
Goal: Repeal bill that removes protections for wolves from state wildlife agency
State lawmakers in Idaho approved a bill providing $400,000 to kill off 500 wolves. This bill will also take management away from the state’s wildlife agency and place it into the hands of a board called “the wolf depredation control board,” whose members are appointed by the governor of Idaho, who wishes to see kill wolves once federal protections are removed. With wolves making a return into our environment, it is crucial that they remain protected.
Recently, Idaho sent a bounty hunter to kill two packs of wolves and plans were announced to rid 60% of the wolf population in another state. The state’s politicians don’t seem to care about the loss of wolves since they are drafting laws for their extermination. Ever since Congress removed the wolves’ protected status in 2011, 1,600 wolves have been killed, despite the United States working tirelessly for 40 years to ensure their numbers would increase. The species were driven to the brink of extinction in the lower 48 states when settlers and the government trapped, poisoned, and shot these magnificent creatures. When the species was reintroduced into Yellowstone Park, Congress removed the wolves’ protection, stating that state agencies could regulate them.
Unfortunately Idaho has begun hunting these wolves, killing them with the same ruthless attitude as they did before wolves were listed under the Endangered Species Act. What’s worse, these killings are official through the state. In the United States, wolves only make up 5% of what their natural habitat used to be. Their presence is crucial for the balance of our ecosystems and Idaho wishes to get rid of them. With the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wanting to remove all federal protections for wolves in the lower 48 states, their survival is dependent upon laws providing them protection and human beings. Sign the petition below if you want wolves to be protected by the state’s wildlife agency, and not in the hands of board members who wish to exterminate them.
Dear Governor Butch Otter,
I understand you wish to be the first to kill an Idaho wolf once federal protections are lifted from these animals. I find it repulsive that you are so keen to take an animal’s life and I also find it repulsive that a new bill in your state provides funding for the extermination of wolves and handing over management responsibilities for their well being over to a board that you hand selected. It is obvious that you do not care for wolves despite all of the valiant efforts made from activists to return wolves back into the wild.
I am writing this letter to urge you to repeal this bill for our wolves. It would deeply sadden and anger me if after the nation’s efforts to rebuild the wolf population, they are sent back to the brink of extinction thanks to ruthless and heartless laws. Wolves are predators and yes, they are a nuisance to ranchers, however they are a part of our planet’s ecosystems and regulate the numbers of prey on our land.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: USFWSmidwest via flickr