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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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What they're doing is not right. The wolf population is only 10,000 in the US... they're endangered. How is it justified to kill them?! I thought we've come a long way since the early settlers slaughterer them all. I'll boycott Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. We don't need your stinking potatoes, or your ski lodges. Hello Adirondack Mountains & Vermont.

This is wrong i will not stop fighting for these animals until this stops its murder.

In addition to boycotting Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, we all have to stop eating beef and lamb. When the demand for these meats drops, the conflict with wolves will drop also. Ranchers all have to understand that without a demand for their products, it'll affect them far more than wolves do. If you love wolves, please stop supporting the ranchers and [animal] farmers.

Humans were brought here and turned loose, we have certainly over populated. Does this mean we get a license to start killing each other? Farmer's should be worried about humans stealing their livestock with so many people out of work losing their homes (should they start killing them). Please do not say, well this is wolves we are killing not people. Wake up there is enough and I said enough killing all over this world all of us need to learn to coexist.I live in Florida where you eat what you kill. Do these people plan on eating their kill? And what about the babies of the wolves that are being killed. Yes I will be calling the Governor. I will not buy merchandise or take a trip to the states listed.

There is no reason for this hunt. Wolves are very scarce as it is. Farmers cry wolf if they find part of an eaten carcass of one of their livestock. That is not a wolf. A wolf eats everything but the bone. These states have so many other predators that only kill for the killing, and only eat part of the carcass. Wolves go for the deer, elk and moose, only taking down the ill, and the old which in turn makes for stronger deer, elk and moose herds. This killing spree will either make the wolf extinct or very close to it....and what about the pups that depend on food from their parents? I think I'll stick to God's plan. More sense.

Just to be clear, the state of Idaho, Wyoming & Montana have opened hunts to kill off the native wolf population? Is there a scientific reasoning for this or is it just simply politically motivated? This doesn't make any sense what-so-ever! Don't get me wrong, I'm not an animal lover of wolfs or any animal in particular but I would never endorse such a act for self-promoting greed & political advancement!

George there is no native wolf population in these states. Breeding pairs were brought in from Canada and turned loose.

That's it, i'm calling these idiots! my strongly-worded letters clearly didnt have an effect.......grrrrr i'm going to call them today after school and give them a piece of my mind! save the wolf!

How will we ever survive without buying a great Idaho potato? No more bus load trips to Yellowstone? No more campers to Yellowstone? Yes, the Adirondack mountains are beautiful. It's a huge park and all visitors welcome. And here is another plus, New York grows potatoes....not potato-heads. So, Gov. Potato head and Mr. Irate farmer, save your potatoes. You too, as with the wolves, have families to feed. Six million acres of some of the most beautiful prime country in the world. Instead of Yellowstone...let's try the Adirondacks.

ok i dont remember where to find the phone numbers of the governors....anyone help me out please? Governor Butch Otter of Idaho Office of the Governor State Capitol P.O. Box 83720 Boise, ID 83720 Phone: 208.3342100 Fax: 208.334.3454 governor@gov.idaho.gov Governor Brian D. Schweitzer Office of the Governor Montana State Capitol Bldg. P.O. Box 200801 Helena, MT 59620-0801 Phone: 406.444.3111 Fax: 406.444.5529 governor@mt.gov Governor Matt Mead of Wyoming State Capitol, 200 West 24th St. Cheyenne, WY 82002-0010 Phone: 307.777.7434 Fax: 307.632.3909 governor@wyo.gov

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