Subject: SHOCKING: Idaho Wolves Shot From the Air
Date: 2015-03-18 02:00
From: “Jamie Rappaport Clark, Defenders of Wildlife”
Dear pbnb refer,
The 19 wolves that were recently shot in Idaho were killed at the
request of the state and carried out by federal sharpshooters, flying
over national forest land.
The goal: to artificially boost elk numbers for sport hunters and
The deeply disturbing actions by the Department of Agriculture’s
Wildlife Services agency working on behalf of the state of Idaho must
Tell Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to order his employees to
stop killing wolves on U.S. Forest Service lands just to inflate elk
Wildlife Services has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from
Idaho Governor Butch Otter’s Wolf Depredation Control Board to
help carry out the state’s relentless wolf killing program.
Aerial gunning of wildlife for sport is wrong on many levels, which is
why it has been banned by statute in the United States for decades.
And while government agents may be exempted from the provisions of
that law, shooting wolves from the air is terribly offensive and
wrong, regardless of who is pulling the trigger.
It is simply shocking
for Secretary Vilsack to allow his employees to contract themselves
out as sharpshooters to kill wolves from the air, especially on Forest
Service lands. It is equally shocking for the Forest Service, which is
also under the control of Secretary Vilsack, to stand by and allow
their Wildlife Service colleagues to kill wolves on our national
Defenders is the only national organization with staff on the ground
in Idaho who not only worked to help restore wolves, but who are
actively working at the statehouse and state wildlife commission to
protect the fragile wolf recovery in the Northern Rockies.
Tell Secretary Vilsack: Healthy national forest landscapes need
healthy populations of wolves. No more aerial gunning of wolves in
our national forests!
Thanks for standing with us to protect wolves and other imperiled
Jamie Rappaport Clark
President, Defenders of Wildlife
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