Boise, Idaho-Today, a demonstration consisting of 70 people and multiple wolf advocacy organizations representing thousands of their members-including Friends of the Clearwater, Defenders of Wildlife, Predator Defense, Western Watersheds Project, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Wildlands Defense, and Center for Biological Diversity-took place at the Idaho State Capitol in Boise.
The event was coordinated to show support for wolf recovery in Idaho and opposition to Idaho’s Wolf Control Board and the recent aerial gunning of wolves in the “Lolo Zone” by the USDA Wildlife Services and Idaho Fish & Game Department.
The Idaho Fish & Game Department just announced the completion of an aerial gunning exercise by the USDA Wildlife Services that resulted in the killing of 20 wolves in the “Lolo Zone” of the Clearwater National Forest.
There was no public notice of the operation and funding for the operation came from the Idaho Wolf Control Board. The Wolf Control Board is now requesting an additional $400,000 for further wolf “control” actions in 2016. In 2015, a total of 72 wolves were killed with money from the Wolf Control Board. The Wolf Control Board was awarded $400,000 in 2015. That equates to roughly $5,500 per wolf “control.”
Demonstrators are demanding an end to Idaho’s Wolf Control Board and the termination of the USDA Wildlife Services aerial gunning program in the Lolo Zone on the Clearwater National Forest.