We just had a huge victory for Idaho wolves!

Thanks to the support of people like you, Earthjustice went to court to stop Idaho from exterminating the Golden and Monumental wolf packs in central Idaho’s Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness.

And we won! The Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced that it is halting its wolf extermination program as of today.

This will stop the wolf killings and restore the natural balance between predator and prey in the Idaho wilderness area.

This fight in Idaho is just the latest battle in our efforts to protect wolves across the country. Our work is far from over.

We are still fighting to stop the brutal wolf killings in Wyoming, oppose the elimination of Endangered Species Act protections for wolves across nearly the entire United States, and secure laws governing wolf management that will ensure real wolf recovery.

And none of this work is possible without you!

Thank you for continuing to stand by us as we fight to protect our wildlife and our wildlands.

Make an emergency gift to help us continue to fight back using the most powerful tool available—the law. We can’t win without you.

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How to Kill a Wolf: An Undercover Report from the Idaho Coyote and Wolf Derby

The best way to fatally wound a wolf without killing it instantly is to shoot it in the gut, preferably with armor-piercing ammunition. Unlike soft lead-tipped bullets, which mushroom inside the body cavity and kill quickly, heavy-jacketed AP ammo pierces the target and blows out the other side.

This has two advantages: The first is that, especially with a gut shot, the animal will suffer. It will bleed out slowly, run a mile or so in terrified panic, and collapse. Then it will die. The second advantage is that, if you’re hunting illegally (out of season, at night with a spotlight, or on land where you shouldn’t), there is little forensic evidence for game wardens to gather. No bullet will be found in the cadaver. Most importantly, the animal will have traveled some distance from where it was shot, so that tracing the site of the shooting is almost impossible.

I gleaned these helpful tips from a nice old man at a saloon in Salmon, Idaho, which last December was the site of the first annual Coyote and Wolf Derby. I had come to this rural town—population 3,000—to enter as a contestant in the derby. Over the course of two days in late December, several hundred hunters would compete to kill as many wolves and coyotes as possible. There were two $1,000 prizes to be had, one for the most coyotes slain and the other for the largest single wolf carcass. Children were encouraged to enter, with special awards for youths aged 10–11 and 12–14 listed on the promotional flyer. The derby’s organizer, a nonprofit sporting group called Idaho for Wildlife, advertised that the event was to be historic: the first wolf-killing contest held in the US since 1974.

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Living with Wolves' Garrick Dutcher:

"For the sake of our beautiful state and all of its wildlife, let’s hope that Idaho soon corrects course." 

Idaho Department of Fish and Game continues burning precious dollars on failing programs, while gaining increasingly widespread negative publicity as the black sheep of the nation. As fewer people take up hunting, those who enjoy Idaho’s nature in a nonconsumptive way steadily increase. IDFG’s one-dimensional revenue stream from hunting and fishing licenses and tag sales cannot keep pace with fiscal challenges. It’s time to realign economic realities with income-generating constituencies.

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 Earlier this month, federal employees took to the skies to kill wolves in the Clearwater National Forest. 

By the end of this unscientific mission to boost game populations, 14 wolves were shot dead in the Lolo region of the Clearwater National Forest. Already, 28 wolves have been killed this season by hunters, trappers and other means in this area. 

Using federal resources to execute an expensive and unnecessary wolf-killing plan to artificially boost elk populations is simply outrageous and unacceptable. 

Science tells us that elk declines in the Lolo are the result of multiple factors, including historic habitat changes, road-building and over-hunting. The knee-jerk reaction of exterminating wolves without addressing these other factors is not scientific — or sensible — wolf management. 

The aerial gunning of wolves on our national forests is only the latest step in Idaho that unfairly targets wolves. Already, more than 400 wolves — perhaps half Idaho’s population — have been killed through hunting, trapping and other methods. That’s too many. 

Idaho holds the core of the Northern Rockies wolf population. If this population is reduced to unsustainable levels, it will directly threaten the viability of the overall regional wolf population. 

Campaign to Save America’s Wolves.

Idaho has made it clear that it plans to kill as many wolves as possible. It’s time to take decisive action.

Last week, Defenders officially requested that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiate a status review of wolves in the Northern Rockies and examine the relentless threats that this species has encountered since being stripped of Endangered Species Act protection in 2011.

The call for this status review is the necessary first step toward relisting wolves in Idaho and other Northern Rockies states.

Please donate today – your emergency donation will help us fight for Idaho’s wolves – and protect wildlife wherever they’re endangered.

Help Stop Idaho’s War on Wolves

One year ago, Idaho finally got its chance to manage its wolves. 

Since then, they have failed to manage these animals as the ecologically important wildlife that they are. Instead, state officials have pulled a bait-and-switch on wolf management planning. 

By abandoning their original commitments to the Service and pandering to anti-wolf extremists, Idaho officials appear to be pursuing the ultimate goal of near decimation of wolves in the state. 

It is clear that as a result of delisting, Idaho is pursuing a race to the bottom in wolf management — and appear to be unraveling one of our nation’s greatest conservation success stories: the restoration of Western wolves.

Take action now: Write to Interior Secretary Salazar urging him to immediately hold Idaho officials accountable for their extreme anti-wolf policies.

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Idaho Governor Butch Otter just signed a death warrant for 500 more wolves.

Idaho’s official policy is that “wolf recovery efforts be discontinued immediately, and wolves be removed by whatever means necessary.” It has already killed more than 971 wolves in three years and plans to ramp up the massacre, to slaughter another 500.

Though Idaho’s wolf population has plummeted by 42 percent since federal protection was stripped away, the state
— now in charge — wants to kill another 500 wolves. That will drive the population down to an unsustainable level of just 150.

Gray Wolves in the Crosshairs

Gray Wolves in the Crosshairs

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September 9, 2014

Howling for Justice turns five on September 16 and “Gray Wolves In The Crosshairs” was my first post.

It’s hard to believe all that’s happened  to wolves in the past  five years, much of it bad. We had such high hopes of prevailing in the courts, because we were winning! After the initial delisting in the Spring of 2009 and sadly losing 500 wolvesthe…

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Nat Geo filmmakers Jim and Jamie Dutcher talk about their six years with the Sawtooth pack

It’s a paradoxical truth: They are the origin species of society’s beloved dog, yet humans have relentlessly persecuted and killed the gray wolf. Now on and off the endangered species list, the Canis lupus story is a tragic one. No two people know this better perhaps, than wildlife filmmakers Jim and Jamie Dutcher, who spent six years intermingling with a group of wolves in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains to study the emotional and social dynamic of this misunderstood creature. The pair documented their experiences in a beautiful, highly informative book called The Hidden Life of Wolves.

In 1990, the Dutchers were given a special-use permit from the U.S. Forest Service to create an expansive space in which they would live with a pack of wolves. To be allowed intimate access by the animals, however, they had to create their own pack. After great searching, they were given a male, female, and four pups from rescue and research centers in Montana and Minnesota and the Sawtooth Pack was born. “Under the looming peaks of Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains…we built a vast enclosure, rich with aspen groves, streams, ponds, and meadows,” the Dutchers write in Hidden Life. “From the beginning, it was our hope that these wolves would act as ambassadors and educators, guiding us to a better understanding of their species.”

For the next six years, the Dutchers devoted their lives to observing the Sawtooth Pack. To gain the trust of the first residents, they bottle fed the pups, taking care of their needs around the clock. The four little ones bonded with the Dutchers, playing with the humans and even curling up on their laps. “We raised them from puppies so they didn’t fear us,” said Jim in a recent phone interview. “But we didn’t over-assert ourselves into the pack; we were just observers, and they went about their business and we went about ours. If you go out into the wild and you try to film wolves they’re so impacted by your presence that they change their natural behavior.” Added Jamie: “We never tried to dominate them or submit to them, and so in turn everything was very neutral; we were able to observe them without changing their behavior.

During their years with the pack, the Dutchers learned myriad myth-dispelling truths about wolf behavior. One particularly surprising—and touching—observation was how compassionate wolves are to their members. “A mountain lion killed one of our wolves and the pack’s behavior changed,” Jim explained. “They were mourning this loss of this member…They stopped playing completely—wolves play all the time, even into old age—for about six weeks.”

Since leaving the Sawtooth pack in 1996, the Dutchers have devoted their lives to educating people about the true nature of these elusive and wondrous animals through lectures, films, their nonprofit Living with Wolves (livingwithwolves.com), and now their book Hidden Life. Published by National Geographic, Hidden Life is comprised of more than 200 pages of stunning photography, personal stories, and stand-alone sections that, for example, describe wolf behavior and communication; depict the former and current range of the gray wolf; and introduce the Sawtooth wolves via a family tree. It’s an essential tome that allows people a rare glimpse into the complicated social fabric of the North American gray wolf.

Recently, the Dutchers spoke with me over the phone about the plight of the great gray wolf. Below is the full interview.

So I just got your book. It’s so beautiful. I am envious of the time you spent with the wolves. I know they’re not dogs, but they sure seem like dogs.

Jim: Well, that’s where dogs came from.

How was it when you had to say goodbye to the pack?

Jamie: Pretty painful. It was pretty hard on us.

You said in the book that you let the wolves come to you, as opposed to treating them like dogs and approaching them or trying to play with them.

Jamie: Yeah. Wolves shouldn’t be pets and you can’t really teach them anything, so everything was on their terms. We gave them names but they didn’t come to them, and you couldn’t ask them to do anything.

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The bizarre roots of wolf hatred in American states such as Wyoming, Idaho and Montana are discussed in this compelling article by David Neiwart, posted in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch blog:

http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2014/03/25/long-running-conspiracist-fears-still-fuel-anti-wolf-sentiments-in-mountain-states/

Last month, Idaho’s Governor Otter signed a bill creating a $400,000-per-year wolf extermination fund.

Well Governor Otter, we’ll see your $400,000 and raise you!

Help us raise $401,000 to protect Idaho’s wolves – and fight for endangered wildlife wherever it is threatened.

Nearly 20 years ago, Defenders helped release the first four wolves back into Idaho – and we’ve never left their side. As a donor to this unprecedented wolf defense effort, you will be supporting our three-part strategy to stop the out of control wolf killings in Idaho.

Please donate today and your gift will be matched dollar–for–dollar up to $200,500! Help us save wolves in Idaho and imperiled species across America!

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