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Northwestern US: A Wolf Slaughterhouse

Dori Edwards, Global Animal

According to a Yellowstone National Park scientist, seven gray wolves collared for research purposes were murdered in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming last week. Dave Hallac, chief of Yellowstone’s Center for Resources, stated that two of the wolves were from packs that do not roam within the park anymore, however, the remaining five den primarily within Yellowstone. 

The wolf population is becoming increasingly endangered by recent legislations in the Northwestern United States. Just this year, Montana joined Wyoming in lifting the quotas for wolf hunting, which means there is no limit on how many wolves can be killed, except in certain areas including Glacier National Park and a region that borders the northern boundary of Yellowstone. 

Wyoming, within the past month, ruled that wolves can be hunted anywhere within the state’s borders. “Anyone who sees a wolf anywhere across the vast majority of Wyoming can kill it —legally—with no questions asked,” stated National Resource Defense Council President Frances Beinecke. 

Wolves are becoming more endangered in the Northwestern United States. Help protect them and sign the petition! Photo Credit: NRDC

There is an immediate buffer zone around Yellowstone National Park borders that limits hunters to three total wolf hides per year, but if any wolf wanders outside this small area, the innocent canine is fair game to any shooter during the trapping season. 

“The park boundary does not have a fence around it,” stated Andrea Jones of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. According  to a member of the advocacy group Wolves of the Rockies, “these animals travel and they go in and out of the park. They don’t go far, but they go far enough.”

Jones also stated that hunters are even allowed to call for the wolves in order to coerce them outside the boundaries of where they are protected. 

Within a year of removing wolves from the endangered species list in Idaho and Montana, 545 wolves were murdered in the two territories along with 34 killings in Wyoming. 

Biologists and Hallac claim that there are still plenty of wolves to sustain the species, but animal activists believe that allowing hunters to mass murder the animals will put them in peril once again. 

We need to stand up for these innocent animals and help protect them from ruthless killers. The NRDC is challenging Wyoming in the federal court in order to return wolves to the endangered species list. Take action and write a letter telling Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar to end the slaughter of Wyoming’s wolves and return them to the endangered species list until the state presents a credible plan to protect them.

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10 Responses to Northwestern US: A Wolf Slaughterhouse

  1. John Kernkamp December 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    The wolves’ real menace to humans is actually in the form of a tiny tapeworm that they carry: Echinococcus granulosus. Tapeworm cysts have been identified in both Idaho and Montana in recent years, and wolves have been confirmed as definitive hosts and the primary vectors.
    This variety of tapeworm is incurable, except by invasive surgery. Antiparasitical drugs are ineffective. Even worse, there is no simple test for infection. Only chest-abdomen scans or whole body scans show "hot spots" where the worms have triggered the formation of cysts. The Echinococcus granulosus tapeworm cysts are mainly found in the lungs and liver. In some cases they can grow in the heart, the thyroid gland, and although rare, even inside bones and in the brain.
    The life-cycle of Echinococcus eggs and worms is insidious and incremental. The eggs can be viably dormant in the soil for up to 41 months. They can potentially become endemic in a wide variety of mammal populations. Here is just one example: In areas where wolf packs travel, the scat they leave in random locations can be handled by mice and rats that are attracted to the hair that makes up as much as 40% of the scat pellets, by volume. (Rodents actively gather hair, for nesting material.) So they bring the tapeworm eggs home, and are infected. Then the infected rodents get eaten by the local foxes, coyotes, wolves, bobcats, lynx, and mountain lions. And your house cat. Then your sweet little kitty leaves moist deposits in your garden raised beds, or in your child's play sand box.
    Particularly troubling is the fact that wildlife biologists knew that Canadian timber wolves carried the hydatid tapeworms. (It has been well documented since the 1930s, and was studied in detail in the 1950s.) But because of their enthusiasm, the biologist-activists were silent about it and went ahead and supported the wolf introduction plan.
    If you live in wolf country, then DO NOT handle the scat of any predators without wearing gloves and a good quality dust respirator. That includes handling feces from your house cat.
    One last note: The Canadian timber wolves were not “reintroduced” to the U.S. They are in fact an invasive subspecies. The Canadian timber wolf is a larger subspecies of wolf: Canis lupus occidentalis. The Canadian Timber Wolf (aka Mackenzie River Wolf) can weigh up to 170 pounds and travel up to 70 miles per day. Most of the wolves that originally inhabited the Lower 48 that were extirpated a century ago were the 80 to 110-pound Great Plains Wolf subspecies Canis lupus nubilus.

  2. Anonymous December 2, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    I fear there are two kinds of humans, one that feels empathy with animals and the environment and one that feels nothing and has no compunction about torturing and killing and destroying. There is definitely a link between animal abuse and abuse of humans, yet despite scientific evidence supporting this as a fact, politicians still fail to act. Are politicians the 'other' kind of human?

  3. Johnyy Serenio December 1, 2012 at 5:35 am #

    Why are wolves so "wonderful"? Why not cows? If you are arguing that an animals shouldn't be killed because we deem it to be innocent, cows, pigs, and all other animals we feed on shouldn't be killed.

  4. Crystal Hart November 29, 2012 at 5:02 am #

    Why do people want to kill off such a wonderful animal. Wolves are more afraid of us than we are of them unless they feel threatened. Please stop killing these innocent animals before your children and their children will only be looking at pictures of animal their parents or grandparents help make extinct.

  5. Elaine Al Meqdad November 29, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    This has to stop! it is absolutely horrible and uncalled for!

  6. Barbara Laughton Sauder Pecze November 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    I remember wolves be on the edge of extinction, many years ago, and my birth country, Canada having to replinish the wolf population in the US. This is madness, to kill such beautiful creatures!

  7. Aletta Kraan November 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    Why kill those beautiful animals?

  8. Christine Stewart November 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    The wolf hunters are cowardly sadists to hunt just outside of the wolves' sanctuary of Yellowstone Park- and the worst of them shot wolves wearing radio collars- atrocious!

  9. Zoe Frances Hope November 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    Small minded trailer trash, so many to be weeded out of the gene pool and so little time.

  10. Gloria Picchetti November 28, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    The wolf cull is immoral.