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Wolf was left to rot before Idaho woman claimed it

[large thumbnail url=”wolf-was-left-to-rot-before-idaho-woman-claimed-it” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”02″ day=”15″] [thumbnail icon url=”wolf-was-left-to-rot-before-idaho-woman-claimed-it” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”02″ day=”15″] According to a post on Ralph Maughan’s well-known wolf advocacy blog, the wolf confiscated by officials from an Idaho woman – who sought to see the wolf counted towards the state’s quota – had been left to rot where it was shot.

The actions by Idaho officials are starting to look like retaliation against a known local wolf advocate, Lynne Stone, when they confiscated a wolf corpse which she had tagged as her own after state wildlife services officers gunned down the Basin Butte Pack wolves in November of 2009.   

Stone admits, in a part of a post by Ken Cole on the nationally recognized wolf blog, that she tagged B171 Alpha Fe in the hopes that the wolf would be counted towards the states controversially high 220 animal quota. However, the state – during processing the claim – stated that since the wolf was killed by Wildlife Services – her corpse belonged to them.

The question everyone is asking is…

If the state wanted the corpse that much, why did they leave her to rot in Goat Creek Meadows where she was shot? Stone says she planned to use the corpse for educational purposes. Presumably offering the kind of education the state of Idaho would prefer she didn’t.  

Basin Butte Pack wolves were targeted for systematic extermination by state officials, and was in response to suspected livestock predation. Stone describes the local Challis ranchers as running a “sloppy cattle business.” The destruction of the wolves occurred Thanksgiving Day of 2009, which was likely an intentional decision in order to limit the potential media coverage.

To read a statement from Lynne Stone, visit Ralph’s blog: More about the Thanksgiving Wolf Massacre of the Basin Butte Pack.

And as I always like to remind people at the end of stories like this out of Idaho.

Gov. “Butch” Otter said, according to many sources, including NPR, that he planned to bid for the first ticket to shoot a wolf (though it’s unclear if he actually did or not) and that he wants to see the number of packs in Idaho cut from 70 to 10. If you are under any impression that Idaho isn’t waging a war against wolves, then you aren’t paying attention. They are waging it on two fronts. In the wilderness, gunning down entire packs and instituting an insanely high quota for their first wolf hunt following delisting. And in a PR campaign where they are trying to deflect attention from what they are really doing. “Butch” is getting what he wants. Ten packs, by the way, would equate to just above the threshold necessary to put the wolves back on the endangered species list.

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