Target: Idaho Governor Butch Otter
Goal: Demand the brutal slaughter of gray wolves in Idaho stops immediately
Following the removal of gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act, the Idaho state legislature has ordered for the brutal and senseless slaughter of hundreds of gray wolves for the sake of population control. Their inhumane and unjust campaign against these poor creatures must be stopped before another innocent life is lost.
In 2011, gray wolves were removed from the Endangered Species Act and lost their federal protection. Despite years of efforts to restore the gray wolf population in Idaho, state legislators have made it their mission to destroy these poor creatures. The Endangered Species Coalition reports they recently set aside almost half a million dollars of taxpayers’ money to “exterminate” 500 wolves, and in December 2013 they hired a trapper to enter a federal wilderness area to slaughter two wolf packs. In February, they ordered for a group of wolves to be gunned down by a helicopter, and 23 innocent wolves painfully lost their lives in the massacre. A total of almost 1,000 gray wolves have been brutally slaughtered since Idaho’s Governor Otter publicly stated that he wanted to be the first to kill an Idaho wolf after the species lost its federal protection.
Legislators claim their heartless actions are for the sake of population control. However, Endangered Species Coalition members state that other species, including mountain lions, bears and coyotes, have been allowed to exist throughout the state in much greater numbers. Gray wolves should be allowed to exist in similar numbers to other species and do not deserve to be brutally hunted down and slaughtered. Call for an immediate end to the senseless killing of gray wolves by state legislators.
Dear Governor Otter,
I am appalled by the brutal and senseless killings of hundreds of gray wolves following their removal from the Endangered Species Act. Since they lost their federal protections, almost 1,000 wolves have been inhumanely killed as a result of the state legislature’s cruel orders.
In spite of years of conservation efforts to restore the gray wolf population in your state, the legislature has launched an unjust campaign to trap and gun down hundreds of innocent wolves using taxpayers’ money. More than 20 wolves were recently gunned down by a helicopter, reportedly in an effort to protect the elk population, but wildlife experts claim that elks exist in numbers “beyond capacity” in many areas. Further, species like mountain lions, bears and coyotes have been allowed to exist in much higher numbers throughout your state.
No animal species deserves to be cruelly killed in mass quantities, and I believe that gray wolves should be allowed to exist in numbers comparable to similar species. I urge you to direct the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to immediately end these senseless and brutal killings by revising wolf control policies to reflect humane and just conservation principles.
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