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Idaho Governor Brad Little has signed a law that could allow private hunters contracted by the state to kill 90% of the state’s wolves. Those in favor of the measure, including lawmakers, ranchers, and hunters would like to reduce the state’s 1,500 wolves to 150, to bring down the number of attacks on livestock and deer. The law also allows hunters to trap and snare an unlimited number of wolves, use night-vision equipment, and even shoot them from helicopters. Newborn pups can be killed if found on private land.
Opponents of this Idaho bill suggest that it overestimates the harm wolves cause to the environment, and puts the power to protect them in the hands of politicians rather than wildlife managers, who may not have wolves’ best interests in mind.
The good news is that in the worst-case scenario, should the government allow Idaho’s wolf population to fall to 100, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could resume control of wolves in the state. But it seems that this bill is a throwback to a more difficult time for the wolves.
Defenders of Wildlife’s Hanley said in a statement: “For years Idaho wolves have been intensely persecuted through the nation’s most permissive hunting and trapping seasons, and this bill all but pushes the species back to the brink of federal relisting.”
By Nilanga Jayasinghe, Manager of the Wildlife Conservation team at World Wildlife Fund Imagine living in a modern, densely populated city. On any given morning, you might expect to look out your window and see a stream of cars and pedestrians on their daily commute, bustling shops and restaurants selling their wares, or perhaps local […]
Guest Post by Azzedine Downes, President & CEO, International Fund for Animal Welfare IFAW has long been a leader in recognizing the inherent link between biodiversity and climate change, the existential threat both issues pose to life on our planet, and the critical need to address both these threats together. This week, the results of […]
President Biden: "Watch out for the cicadas. I just got one – it got me." pic.twitter.com/jfrik4bgpB — The Hill (@thehill) June 9, 2021 If you live in Washington, D.C. the cicadas are hard to ignore. But this week their mating-frenzied existence reached new levels of intrusion in day-to-day DC. On Tuesday evening, as AP’s Jonathan […]
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