complicit in a poltical decision to delist wolvesin the Northern Rockies by doing nothing to stop Congress from taking such unprecedented action. The state has returned to its traditional policy of treating a ecologically necessary predator as vermin to be eradicated. This policy means no quotas on the number of wolves killed in most of the state, wolf killing for 8-10 months of the year including denning season in some areas, using aerial slaughter to wipe out entire packs. If wolves were people, Idaho's irrational wolf policy is genocide*. Help Defenders of Wildlife, help wolves by putting political pressure on Idaho Governor "Butch" Otter. Sign the Defenders petition to stop the slaughter now or post a message on the Governor's Facebook page.
*in stark contrast that justifies the use of strong language, the citizens of Michigan, a state with a wolf population of about 550 living in the Upper Peninsula, responded to a poll conducted by Michigan State and Michigan Technological Universities. 82% agreed wolves have value even though 78% of residents contacted also believed wolves could be hunted if biologists concluded the population could sustain a hunt. Nothing in the name of sportsmanship or management justifies the harsh, inhumane treatment Idaho is imposing on Canis lupis residing within its borders.