Monday, October 6, 2014

A five-year wildlife killing derby on public lands?

A threat to Idaho wolves on public lands.

Dear friends of Katalusis,

Protecting wildlife is a major concern of this blog. The email below from Defenders of Wildlife on behalf of Idaho wolves is of the utmost importance. 

Dear Virginia,
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is now seriously considering allowing a five-year predator-killing derby on our public lands in Idaho.
A “hunters’ rights” organization wants to hold this multi-year wolf and predator-killing derby on national public lands, including those being studied for designation as wilderness!
Turning wolf killing into a competitive sport is bad enough. But this proposed derby would also sweep many important species of predators and other wildlife in Idaho into its gun sights, rewarding the killing of wolves and others predators.
Last year’s wolf and coyote-killing derby, sponsored by this same group, included prizes for killing the most coyotes and killing the largest wolf. This is not hunting; this is simply mass-killing for fun based upon hatred and fear.
The proposed event would take place every winter for five years when wolves and other wildlife are at their most vulnerable - out foraging for food in the snow and extreme cold.
Events like these are the same kinds of barbaric extermination-era tactics that drove wolves to the brink of extinction in the Lower 48 in the first place! This is not modern wildlife management, and it has no place in our society.
 Thank you for all you do. 
Jamie Rappaport Clark
Defenders of Wildlife

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