DID YOU KNOW? Idaho’s war on wolves now targets wolf pups.

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IDAHO’S WAR ON WOLVES INCLUDES PUPS Records show that Idaho is now killing pups. In the state’s escalating war on wolves, this is something new. Idaho has been steadily ratcheting up its assault on the recovering wolf population especially since the day in 2011 when wolves lost federal protections under the Endangered Species Act. It’s easy to grow numb to...
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DID YOU KNOW? Idaho’s elk population is robust and at a near-record high.

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As settlers moved west, they brought the pre-conceived notion that predators held no real value in the natural world. It was during the westward expansion of the late 19th century and through the first few decades of the 20th century that, this top-level carnivore was wiped out in the American West. The frontier had been tamed, but at what cost?...
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DID YOU KNOW? Dangerous traps are set with no warnings in Idaho.

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Traps Set With No Warnings In March of 2020, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) received a petition requesting that trappers be required to place warning signs at public trailheads, and on public trails and campgrounds within 25 feet of traps and snares. At the following quarterly meeting, IDFG decided against the petition. The intent was for signs...
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DO YOU KNOW about Living with Wolves and what we do?

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What Is Living with Wolves? Living with Wolves is a national nonprofit organization uniquely positioned to inform you about wolves, a species unjustly persecuted by policy makers, ranchers, hunters and trappers. After the life-changing experience of living with the Sawtooth Pack in the mountains of Idaho, Emmy award-winning filmmakers, Jim and Jamie Dutcher, turned their attention to countering the widespread...
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DID YOU KNOW? Lethal traps can be set 10 feet from your favorite trails.

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Traps May Be Closer Than You Realize Locals and tourists alike flock to Idaho’s gorgeous outdoor recreation areas throughout the year. Many of them enjoy the outdoors with their dogs. Most are probably unaware that potentially lethal traps and snares can be set alarmingly close to public trails and campgrounds. Trappers are allowed to set leg-hold traps and snares only...
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DID YOU KNOW? Wolf traps capture more than just wolves.

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Traps are Indiscriminate For many thousands of years people have been trapping animals. Originally, animals were trapped as a matter of survival for the trapper, providing food and fur for clothing and blankets. Most of the world no longer has a survival-based need for trapping. People have access to other, more humane sources of food and clothing. Though demand in...
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DID YOU KNOW? Idaho is expanding animal trapping, while the world pulls back.

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Trapping Trends Trapping animals is still common practice in many parts of the world. Although the demand for products made from animal fur has decreased in Europe and America, there is still a market for fur elsewhere in the world, particularly in Russia and China. Millions of animals, referred to as “furbearers,” are trapped every year to strip them of...
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DID YOU KNOW? Idaho is using your tax dollars to kill wolves.

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Of the many unconventional ways the State of Idaho has found to kill wolves, the most egregious was conceived in 2014 with the formation of the Wolf Depredation Control Board. The singular purpose of this board is to kill wolves. It was designed to be “a 3-way partnership between livestock owners, sportsmen, and the legislature” to pay Wildlife Services, a federal agency, to kill wolves that attack livestock and elk. Gray wolves live in at least twelve states, but…

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DID YOU KNOW? Despite near-record elk numbers, Fish & Game wants fewer wolves.

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Idaho Fish and Game Wants Fewer Wolves One thousand wolves are neither a lot nor too many wolves for Idaho’s vast wild lands. Comparing populations of several large predator species for context, Idaho is home to 20,000 bears, 3,000 mountain lions, and 50,000 coyotes. Ever since wolves were reintroduced to Idaho in 1995, there has been an often-cited fear that...
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DID YOU KNOW? There are ways to protect livestock without killing wolves.

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Keeping Livestock Safe There are many ways to keep wildlife and livestock safe when both are living side-by-side in wild places. An assortment of tools and techniques, known as “non-lethal deterrents,” are proven effective in keeping native predators (wolves, bears and mountain lions) away from cattle and sheep being raised for human consumption. When these tools are not used, sometimes...
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DID YOU KNOW? Wolves are an essential keystone species.

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Keystone species are animals that have a significant impact on the ecosystem despite relatively low population numbers. In the absence of keystone species, a dynamic ecosystem is often drastically altered and destabilized. Keystone animals are usually top predators fulfilling an essential role in predator-prey relationships. If the keystone species were to disappear…

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DID YOU KNOW? Wolves rarely pose a threat to people.

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Wolves rarely pose a threat to people. Fear of wolves is disproportionate to the actual threat they present. Like many wild animals, wolves pose some danger to people, but in rare circumstances. It is important to note how uncommon wolf attacks on people are, before discussing the specific circumstances. Attacks are rare, and lethal attacks are exceedingly rare, especially in...
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DID YOU KNOW? Wolves only have one litter of pups annually.

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Wolves only have one litter of pups annually. There is an abundance of misinformation circulating about wolves. One topic often misrepresented has to do with their reproduction, leaving people with the false impression that wolves are prolific breeders. They are not. A mother wolf can only have one litter per year, and pups are always born in the spring. New...
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Warning Signs for Traps and Snares

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COMMENT PERIOD HAS CLOSED. Voice Your Opinion by May 6, 2020! It’s bad enough that traps are set along trails where people like to hike, but what is worse is that trappers don’t have to post signs warning that traps are there. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) is reviewing a petition to adopt a regulation requiring trappers...
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