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Idaho Opens Wolf Hunt, Critics Speak Out

August 31, 2011 | Wolves

Aaron Kunz, OPB News | August 30, 2011

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Idaho opened its 2011 wolf hunt Tuesday. And critics across the country started speaking up.

One group asked people at Central Park in New York City to call Idaho Governor Butch Otter and ask him to stop the hunt.

The New York-based group Friends of Animals says this effort in a response to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision last week. It turned down a request to stop the wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana.

Friends of Animals spokeswoman Edita Birnkrant says her group is asking Americans to boycott trips to Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming until the hunts are stopped.

"This is another way to get attention and kind of force them to deal with it. Like look, you want to ignore this, you think this is going to be okay with the rest of the country and American s. But guess what, it's not, there are a lot of people that are going to hit you economically," Birnkrant said.

Idaho and Montana have open hunts this year. Idaho's hunt is underway, and Montana's starts Saturday.

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hold up....in February, the Boise Weekly published an article written by Deanna Darr called "Exotic species threatens agriculture, the environment and wildlife" about the destructive feral hog population growing in Idaho...if Idaho pursues wolf hunting, they will be trading a native species for an invasive one, resulting in a substantial cost for the state in eradication efforts....also what is interesting is that feral hog populations have not grown in the areas where wolves live...Idaho is cutting off its nose to spite its face on this one, and if wolf hunts are allowed to continue, it is the agrarian and political camps that will be howling...funny how nature puts idiots back in line, but I gotta say...why is that even necessary?

Hello, Idaho would-be blogger -- Appreciate your suggesting we stay out of Idaho to mind business. What a splendid idea! No hiking trips to Idaho, winter ski adventures,conferences, nor are we inclined to drag our keisters through the sorry states of Montana and Wyoming. And that includes Yellowstone National Park. As long as you conspire to treat wolves like snow removal, we're totally unsympathetic to your economy. Priscilla Feral President Friends of Animals

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