BLM Rejects Permit Request for Cash-Prize Killing Derby

The BLM has cancelled a permit requesting the use of their land for a "predator derby."

The BLM has cancelled a permit requesting the use of their land for a “predator derby.”

Pawpawsups Up! To the United States Bureau of Land Management for cancelling a permit for a predator-killing competition in Idaho. Earlier this year, the hunting group Idaho For Wildlife applied for a special-use permit to include Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property in a “predator derby,” in which contestants would kill as many animals as possible, namely wolves and coyotes, for a cash prize. The BLM initially planned to disperse the event through the Salmon, Challis and Upper Snake BLM field offices during the three-day event in early January. However, according to a recent news story, the BLM announced on November 13th that the permit was cancelled. Although the killing derby is still scheduled to take place, participants will not be permitted to hunt on BLM lands. In 2013, the event drew about 230 people, approximately 100 of them hunters, who killed 21 coyotes but no wolves. Take Action: Contact the Idaho Office of the Bureau of Land Management and thank them for not allowing the slaughter of animals on BLM land.

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Wolf Study in MN

Minnesota may gather more information before permitting wolf hunts.

Minnesota may conduct population studies before re-opening wolf hunts in the state.

Two bills are being considered in the Minnesota State Legislature that would suspend wolf hunts to give time for studies to be conducted. The results of these studies would help determine the best way to manage wolves and livestock and to get an accurate account of what is happening to the state’s wolf population.

The results of these studies, authorized under HF 2680 and SF 2256 , would create an annual wolf census and develop educational plans to reduce conflicts between wolves and humans, among other actions.

Minnesota residents, contact your legislators and encourage them to support these bills.

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Wolves Need Protection

Wolves need the protections of the Endangered Species Act.

Wolves need the protections of the Endangered Species Act.

We need to protect wolves, not destroy them. One way to protect them is to ensure wolves fall under the provisions of the Endangered Species Act. According to the National Resources Defense Council:

Scientists who have commented on the delisting of wolves indicate several thousand wolves are needed in many areas to ensure their long-term survival. That number has yet to be reached in many locations in the United States.
o Tourism has been affected positively by the introduction and maintenance of a viable wolf population in certain areas of the country. For example, a 2006 study by the University of Montana found that tourists visiting Yellowstone National Park to see wolves brought $35 million annually to the region’s economy, which yields more than $70 million in added benefit to communities in the Northern Rockies.
o The ecological balance of the region is maintained when predator and prey are able to co-exist. Elk populations are healthier, streams run cold and clear, and other wildlife populations are in balance.

As a top predator, wolves are a necessary component of a healthy and balanced environment. To remove protection would create an imbalance that could wreak havoc on the environment. Write to the secretary of the Interior urging her to place wolves on the Endangered Species List.

The Honorable Sally Jewell
Secretary
Department of Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington DC 20240

Wolves Need Help Now

Wolves are a top predator and, as such, are important to the ecological balance of a region. Removing wolves from the Endangered Species List would upset that balance.

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Wolves occupy a vital part of the food chain.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed removing protections for wolves in the rest of the lower 48 states, having already stripped wolves of their protection in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes.

Please let the FWS know you want wolves protected. Comments are being accepted by FWS until March 27. Write the director of FWS now.

Daniel M. Ashe, Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW, Room 3358
Washington, DC 20240-0001

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Wolves Need Protection

The removal of wolves from the Endangered Species List could result in a severe ecological imbalance.

The removal of wolves from the Endangered Species List could result in a severe ecological imbalance.

Wolves need to remain on the Endangered Species List. As a top predator, wolves are a necessary component of a healthy and balanced environment. To remove protection would create an imbalance that could wreak havoc on the environment.

Yet, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove gray wolves from the List of Threatened and Endangered Species.

Comments are needed by September 11.

Protect Wolves

Removing wolves from the Endangered Species List would upset the ecological balance and diversity of their region.

Removing wolves from the Endangered Species List would upset the ecological balance and diversity of their region.

Wolves are a top predator and, as such, are important to the ecological balance of a region. Removing wolves from the Endangered Species List would upset that balance. When there is a healthy population of wolves, elk populations are healthier, streams run cold and clear, and other wildlife populations are in balance. Therefore, it is imperative that wolves remain on the Endangered Species List for their own protection as well as the protection of a region.

Until a master plan has been prepared that takes into consideration the ecological diversity of the areas where wolves live and the important part wolves play in maintaining that diversity, wolves should remain on the Endangered Species List.

Write the president and the secretary of Interior your views on protecting wolves in the United States.

The Honorable Barack Obama
President
166 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

The Honorable Sally Jewell
Secretary
Department of Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington DC 20240

Montana Wolves In Danger of Ramped Up Hunting

Wolves in Montana face a serious threat without your help.

Wolves in Montana face serious threats if SB 397 is passed.

Wolves in Montana are facing threats of eradication despite recently being restored to the Northern Rockies. Several bills pertaining to wolves are before the House committee of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, including SB 397, while HB 73 was signed last month. Under HB 73, hunters are now able to purchase up to three licenses for wolf hunting, are allowed to use electronic devices and calls, are not required to wear hunter orange, and may hunt and trap wolves adjacent to national parks. Furthermore, the cost of a nonresident wolf license has been reduced from $350 to a mere $50, making a wolf license attainable for practically anyone.

According to Montana wildlife officials, there were approximately 600 wolves statewide at the beginning of wolf hunting season. Since then, 225 wolves have been killed, 36 percent more than last year. Unfortunately, due to livestock attacks and a fear of decline in elk herds, they were hoping to reduce the wolf population to 450 by the end of the season, which ended February 28. However, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports that elk herds are “at or above management objectives” throughout most regions, and overall have healthy, growing populations. If signed into law, this bill would not only contribute to a steep decline in wolf population due to trapping during breeding and denning seasons, but also would prevent wolves from migrating to areas that could easily benefit from and support them.

SB 397 would legalize a variety of deplorable acts regarding how one actually hunts for wolves, including the use of snares, trapping for ten months out of the year (including breeding and denning seasons), using dead wolves to lure others in, and allowing an unlimited number of wolves to be killed in a given season.

Montana residents, please contact your legislators and urge them to vote no on SB 397.

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