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Hunters slow to buy Idaho wolf tags

[large thumbnail url=”hunters-slow-to-buy-idaho-wolf-tags” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”08″ day=”10″] [thumbnail icon url=”hunters-slow-to-buy-idaho-wolf-tags” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”08″ day=”10″] Twin Falls, Idaho (Magicvalley.com) – Idaho’s wolf hunters aren’t leading the pack when it comes to tag sales.

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Idaho allows wolf hunting season with traps, no kill quota

[large thumbnail url=”idaho-allows-wolf-hunting-season-with-traps-no-kill-quota” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”08″ day=”01″] [thumbnail icon url=”idaho-allows-wolf-hunting-season-with-traps-no-kill-quota” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”08″ day=”01″] Jessica Robinson wrote this article with a dubious slant and a touch of melodrama at the beginning, but it does an efficient job of outlining the approved plan, and how the traps work.  Wolves in Idaho are in trouble.

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Rules on Idaho wolf hunt include no statewide quota

[large thumbnail url=”rules-on-idaho-wolf-hunt-include-no-statewide-quota” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”07″ day=”11″] [thumbnail icon url=”rules-on-idaho-wolf-hunt-include-no-statewide-quota” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”07″ day=”11″] Idaho’s upcoming wolf hunt will be managed like other big game seasons, with no statewide quota on the number of wolves that can be killed, state officials said Friday.

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Idaho to offer looser wolf hunt rules

[large thumbnail url=”idaho-to-offer-looser-wolf-hunt-rules” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”07″ day=”06″] [thumbnail icon url=”idaho-to-offer-looser-wolf-hunt-rules” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”07″ day=”06″] BOISE, Idaho — Idaho wildlife managers will propose a wolf hunt without quotas in much of the state, but hunters so far have purchased only a fraction of the tags needed to kill the rangy predators, compared with the first hunt in 2009.

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Associated Press publishes intentionally misleading anti-wolf article

[large thumbnail url=”associated-press-publishes-intentionally-misleading-anti-wolf-article” filename=”editorial” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”26″] [thumbnail icon url=”associated-press-publishes-intentionally-misleading-anti-wolf-article” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”26″] A writer for the Associated Press wrote an article which appeared on Madisonet.com, and other sites, which was filled with rhetoric and demonstrated a major bias in favor of the livestock industry.

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Wolves killing fewer cattle in Wyoming than in Montana, Idaho

[large thumbnail url=”wolves-killing-fewer-cattle-in-wyoming-than-in-montana-idaho” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”26″] [thumbnail icon url=”wolves-killing-fewer-cattle-in-wyoming-than-in-montana-idaho” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”26″] As Wyoming fights to join Montana and Idaho in getting its gray wolves removed from the endangered species list, a new report indicates that its cattle have fared better with the predator.

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Wolf Hunting: Popular Misconceptions and Response

[large thumbnail url=”wolf-hunting-popular-misconceptions-and-response” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”23″] [thumbnail icon url=”wolf-hunting-popular-misconceptions-and-response” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”23″] George Wuerthner wrote the following on the New West web site deconstructing the general misconceptions.

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State firms up wolf-management framework

[large thumbnail url=”state-firms-up-wolf-management-framework” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”23″] [thumbnail icon url=”state-firms-up-wolf-management-framework” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”23″] The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has received more guidance as it goes about resuming management of Idaho’s gray wolf population.

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Idaho authorizies sheriffs deputies to kill wolves

[large thumbnail url=”idaho-authorizies-sheriffs-deputies-to-kill-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”23″] [thumbnail icon url=”idaho-authorizies-sheriffs-deputies-to-kill-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”23″] (Reuters) – The state of Idaho has authorized sheriff’s deputies in a tiny mountain town to kill wolves blamed for preying on pets and elk, a spokesman for the state fish and game department said on Tuesday.

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Early Idaho wolf tag sales lack the intensity of 2009 pace

[large thumbnail url=”early-idaho-wolf-tag-sales-lack-the-intensity-of-2009-pace” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”09″] [thumbnail icon url=”early-idaho-wolf-tag-sales-lack-the-intensity-of-2009-pace” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”09″] So far, Idaho’s sales of wolf tags this week lack the enthusiasm seen in 2009, when the state first sold the tags for a public gray wolf hunt.

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Federal government to continue monitoring gray wolves

[large thumbnail url=”federal-government-to-continue-monitoring-gray-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”09″] [thumbnail icon url=”federal-government-to-continue-monitoring-gray-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”09″] Thursday’s announcement that gray wolves are back under state management in Montana and Idaho also included a warning: The federal government is watching.

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Conservation Groups Challenge Wolf Delisting Rider

Conservation Groups Challenge Wolf Delisting Rider
Lawsuit Seeks to Restore Federal Protection to Gray Wolves in Northern Rockies
Missoula, MT—May 5. Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater, and WildEarth Guardians today filed suit in federal court in Montana against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for delisting wolves in Montana, Idaho, and portions of Utah, Washington, and Oregon. The Service published the delisting rule today in compliance with a Congressional budget rider passed on April 15.
“We will not allow the fate of endangered species to be determined by politicians serving special interests. These decisions must be based on science, not politics,” stated Michael Garrity, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. “Congress has never before delisted species from the Endangered Species list. There is a well-established legal process that applies to every other species. Congress simply should not get into the business of making decisions over which of our nation’s imperiled animals and plants will and will not get protection.”
The groups charge in their complaint that the delisting rider violates the U.S. Constitution, as it specifically repeals a judicial decision. While Congress has the right to make and amend laws, the wolf delisting rider (Section 1713 of the budget law, HR 1473, PL 112-10) does not amend the Endangered Species Act. Rather, it orders the reinstatement of the 2009 wolf delisting rule.
“The rider goes against a bedrock principle of our democracy: checks and balances between branches of government,” stated Nicole Rosmarino of WildEarth Guardians. “Legislators can’t pick off specific court decisions they don’t like. That’s not fair for the wolf, and it’s certainly not good for our democracy.”
The 2009 rule delisted wolves in the Northern Rockies, with the exception of Wyoming. Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater and other organizations challenged that rule on the basis that it violated the Endangered Species Act by carving out areas in which wolf protection would be revoked, along state lines. In August 2010, Montana Federal Judge Donald Molloy determined that the 2009 rule was illegal and struck down the 2007 Interior Solicitor’s legal memo on which it was based.
The current Interior Solicitor, Hilary Tompkins, herself revoked the illegal 2007 memo yesterday, but the withdrawal of the illegal memo came too late for wolves in the Northern Rockies. Those wolves are now facing drastic policies at the state level. Montana announced earlier this week that it will likely allow up to 220 of the 566 wolves in the state to be killed this year. In late April, Idaho passed a law declaring a gray wolf “disaster emergency” that gives the governor broad discretion to allow wolf killing statewide. Idaho officials reportedly stated to the Lewiston Morning Tribune earlier this week that aerial gunning of wolves in the Lolo Elk Management Zone will begin “‘with all due haste’” once the delisting rule is issued. The Lolo killing plan targets wolves for killing their native prey, elk, as does a similar plan in the West Fork area of the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana.
“We are doing all we can to hold back the tide of wolf-killing in Montana, Idaho, and elsewhere in the Northern Rockies,” said Gary Macfarlane of Friends of the Clearwater. “This ecologically important species is being unfairly targeted out of ignorance and intolerance and now lacks a federal shield from killing.”
There has been widespread concern over the use of the budget bill to tack on policy riders. Wrote Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber in an April 18, 2011 letter to President Obama, “A six-month budget resolution negotiated through backroom discussions is clearly the wrong vehicle to make permanent changes to significant public policy. For nearly 40 years, the Endangered Species Act has assured decisions about our nation’s natural heritage are driven by science, fish and wildlife professionals, and public input. Removing protection for an endangered species by congressional mandate, much less through a budget bill, stands in unprecedented contrast to this history. This action erodes the integrity of the ESA, excludes important public involvement, and usurps the agency structure, established based on a balancing of executive and legislative branch power, that exists to undertake important decisions affecting America’s wildlife.”
“We’re back in court for two reasons,” concluded Garrity. “First and foremost, it’s to continue to protect wolves from indiscriminate slaughter. Second, someone has to stand up when the basic tenets of our government are under attack by unscrupulous politicians and that would be the Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, and WildEarth Guardians.”

[large thumbnail url=”conservation-groups-challenge-wolf-delisting-rider” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”09″] [thumbnail icon url=”conservation-groups-challenge-wolf-delisting-rider” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”09″] Conservation groups file a lawsuit seeking to restore Federal protection to gray wolves in Northern Rockies.

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Wolf Delisting Survives Budget Fight, as Settlement Crumbles

[large thumbnail url=”wolf-delisting-survives-budget-fight-as-settlement-crumbles” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”04″ day=”11″] [thumbnail icon url=”wolf-delisting-survives-budget-fight-as-settlement-crumbles” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”04″ day=”11″] House and Senate appropriators have agreed to include a bipartisan proposal to remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves as part of a final compromise to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year.

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Montana legislature supports bill to declare emergency for wolf management

[large thumbnail url=”montana-legislature-supports-bill-to-declare-emergency-for-wolf-management” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”04″ day=”08″] [thumbnail icon url=”montana-legislature-supports-bill-to-declare-emergency-for-wolf-management” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”04″ day=”08″] BOISE — Idaho senators Wednesday declared the gray wolf’s presence in the state a disaster emergency, following their peers in the House.

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Jon Tester says he will keep fighting, but senate democrats resist

[large thumbnail url=”jon-tester-says-he-will-keep-fighting-but-senate-democrats-resist” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”04″ day=”04″] [thumbnail icon url=”jon-tester-says-he-will-keep-fighting-but-senate-democrats-resist” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”04″ day=”04″] Montana’s senator Jon Tester stood in front of his hunting friend over the weekend and said that regardless of the court settlement he will continue to seek a legislative declaration that wolves are biologically recovered, but he has a powerful opposition in the Senate.

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Judge Molloy hears sides on wolf settlement, hunts

[large thumbnail url=”judge-molloy-hears-sides-on-wolf-settlement-hunts” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”28″] [thumbnail icon url=”judge-molloy-hears-sides-on-wolf-settlement-hunts” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”28″] Wolves faced two kinds of hunts during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy last Thursday.

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Legislative pressure pushes wolf advocates to seek deal

[large thumbnail url=”legislative-pressure-pushes-wolf-advocates-to-seek-deal” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”18″] [thumbnail icon url=”legislative-pressure-pushes-wolf-advocates-to-seek-deal” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”18″] Wildlife advocacy groups are feeling the pressure of an impending and dangerous legislative solution, which could strip the Endangered Species Act of much of it’s power and leave wolves in all parts of the country at serious risk.

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Wolf population declining in Northern Rocky Mountains

[large thumbnail url=”wolf-population-declining-in-northern-rocky-mountains” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”14″] [thumbnail icon url=”wolf-population-declining-in-northern-rocky-mountains” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”14″] An inter-agency federal report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that the number of wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains declined about 5 percent last year.

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