Idaho Breaks Law, Environmental Groups Worried
AwN | Deputy Director of Fish and Wildlife Ed Shriever (Directors Office - (208) 334-3771,) due to incompetence or malice, has allowed 4 wolves to be radio collared despite the fact that it is illegal. In response to questioning he replied, "I accept full responsibility for this. We made a mistake in not clearly communicating mission limitations to one of our helicopter crews. We will refine our procedures to make sure this doesn’t happen again."Apparently while tagging dozens of elk they just happened to think wolves were roughly the same thing. Nevermind that they were in a rush to complete the elk collaring mission to accomplish it before a legal challenge by EarthJustice; the problem is that environmental groups suspect the intentions of Fissh and Game is to locate, accrue data, and use this information to assist in the killing of entire wolf packs.
Tim Presno, attorney of EarthJustice released the following statement, "(Fish and Game) rushed to complete its operations in the first three days after the Forest Service issued a permit, before the court could even consider whether that action is legal. Now we learn that the state compounded its degradation of wilderness character by taking action that even the Forest Service did not authorize – collaring wild wolves in the wilderness in addition to 60 elk."
The last link seems to argue that, "well the wolves are gonna die anyway because they are killing all of the Elk." And yet imagine that populations of predator and prey have been playing out their lives for millenia without management by mankind. Now I am a believer that mankind can manage nature effectively if their motives and information are true, but the point of 'wilderness lands' are that they are wild, that is they are unmanaged by mankind. Fish and Game has stepped on the toes of the wild, and the Accord with Nature.
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Imminent threat to Idaho wolves!
DOW | We just learned that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has illegally collared four wolves in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area. The tracking collars could easily be used by the state to follow the wolves back to their packs. That means not just four wolves, but entire packs may be in mortal danger. Tell the U.S. Forest Service to demand that the collars be taken off the wolves or deactivated immediately.
Idaho accidently puts tracking collars on wolves instead of elk
FOX | The U.S. Forest Service says it's investigating after Idaho officials reported inadvertently putting tracking collars on four wolves during recent helicopter flights into a central Idaho wilderness restricted to putting collars on elk.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game Deputy Director Ed Schriever in a statement Wednesday said the agency didn't clearly communicate to one of the helicopter crews entering the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. "We will refine our procedures to make sure this doesn't happen again," Schriever said.
Environmental groups said they are concerned that Fish and Game is aiming to gather information to justify killing wolves in the area.
Oops! Idaho uses helicopter to collar wilderness wolves despite pact
SM | "(Fish and Game) rushed to complete its operations in the first three days after the Forest Service issued a permit, before the court could even consider whether that action is legal," said Earthjustice attorney Tim Preso in a statement released this afternoon.
"Now we learn that the state compounded its degradation of wilderness character by taking action that even the Forest Service did not authorize – collaring wild wolves in the wilderness in addition to 60 elk."
Earthjustice and other groups oppose Idaho's plan to kill more wolves in an effort to give the declining wilderness elk herds a chance to recover.