In a single 12-month period ending last summer, a record-breaking 570 wolves were trapped, hunted and killed in Idaho.
But the persecution of wolves in the state is still escalating. Wildlife officials want to expand hunting — and make it easier to use cruel trapping methods like deadly snares.
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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has proposed a year-round hunting season, which will kill pregnant females and leave pups orphaned.
It also wants to permit snares and other trapping methods in new areas. That would be catastrophic for wolves and may harm or kill deer, elk, coyotes and even pets.
We're mobilizing against these proposals now.
Idaho is Exhibit A in the case against state management of wolves. When its wolves lost federal protection in 2011, the state instantly launched aggressive hunting and trapping seasons.
It's only gotten worse, leading to last year's horrific death count.
And the sick push for more wolf hunts has spread.
We're battling attempts to expand wolf hunting in Montana. And in Wisconsin, a hunting group has forced an immediate hunt. Up to 200 individuals could be killed in that state's first wolf hunt in seven years.
The forces that nearly eradicated wolves in this country to begin with want to hunt, trap and snare as many as possible.
We're in court fighting to get their federal protection restored. Only the lifesaving power of the Endangered Species Act can keep wolf hunts from popping up in state after state.
Wolves are fierce and loyal — and counting on us to save them.
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For the wild,
Center for Biological Diversity