Target: Regional Forester for the Intermountain Region Nora Rasure
Goal: Stop the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s wolf eradication program
The U.S. Forest Service recently granted the Idaho Department of Fish and Game permission to send a trapper out to exterminate two wolf packs—ignoring its own wilderness management policy and violating standard procedures. The trapper has already begun setting its death traps throughout the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area for the state’s wolf eradication program. Per Idaho law, these traps can be left unchecked for up to three days, meaning that any wolves that are caught could be left to bleed out, freeze, or starve to death. Wolves that manage to survive the traps are shot on site.
Not only is the U.S. Forest Service ignoring its own policies by allowing the contracted killing of Idaho wolves, but it has also failed to consider the impact that murdering two wolf packs could have on the local ecosystem. Although the Idaho Department of Fish and Game claims that prey species would benefit from the removal of these two wolf packs, those claims were never fully evaluated and researched by the USFS.
Waving necessary permits without prior analysis of the environmental impact and approving the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s wolf eradication program shows a lack of due diligence, and could result in the unnecessary slaughter of more than a dozen Idaho wolves.
By signing this petition, you are telling the U.S. Forest Service that its decision to allow the IDFG to exterminate two entire wolf packs in a protected wilderness area is not acceptable. The environmental impact that these contracted killings could have on the local ecosystem must be further analyzed to prevent the unnecessary murder of wolves living in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area.
Dear Regional Forester for the Intermountain Region Nora Rasure,
I urge you to follow U.S. Forest Service policy and immediately prohibit the Idaho Department of Fish and Game from enforcing the contracted killing of two wolf packs living in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area.
While the IDFG claims that the removal of these two wolf packs would benefit local prey species, the U.S. Forest Service never researched those claims—a mistake that could result in the unnecessary murder of an intelligent, majestic predator that is a key component of this ecosystem.
As Regional Forester, it is your agency’s duty to ensure that the actions of organizations such as the IDFG do not negatively impact the area’s wildlife. Please halt IDFG’s wolf eradication program until the organization’s claims can be properly researched and help prevent the unnecessary slaughter of Idaho’s wolves.
[Your Name Here]
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