"Wolves Belong: Stop the Slaughter" Rally

Photo of wolves by USFWS

Photo courtesy of USFWS

Join us August 30, 2012 in Coeur d'Alene in honor of the 545 wolves killed in Idaho and Montana since federal delisting—and to protest the new wolf hunt starting that day.

August 2012 - The 545 wolves already killed in Idaho and Montana by sport hunters and trappers during the first hunting season since Congress removed wolves from federal protection of the Endangered Species Act will be honored in the resort city of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The rally will be held August 30, 2012 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. at Fort Sherman City Park. Map & Directions

Ralliers will also protest the next Idaho wolf hunt, which begins the same day. Wolf killing has been ongoing in various parts of Idaho since fall 2011, with hunts currently ongoing in the Idaho panhandle and the Cleawater/Selway regions.

"It's time to end fairy-tale fantasies," said Brooks Fahy, Executive Director of Predator Defense. "Science clearly shows that healthy populations of wolves and other predator species are critical for a healthy environment. The shooting, trapping, snaring and torture of wolves must stop. The slaughter of wolves in Idaho is being driven by a fanatical blood lust that has no place in modern wildlife management."

Idaho has killed 379 wolves since federal delisting in 2011. Of these, 255 were shot and 124 were snared or trapped—a torturous death. In Montana 166 wolves were shot. While the Montana hunt ended on Feb. 16, 2012, the Montana Game, Fish and Parks Commission recently voted to allow trapping in the hunt that starts August 30. Wyoming will soon join the federally sanctioned slaughter, as Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, recently approved Wyoming’s request for shoot on sight killing of wolves. It is anticipated that wolf and wildlife advocates will pursue legal challenges in this arena.

Naturalist, author, wolf advocate, and Predator Defense development director, Dr. Catherine Feher-Elston, is appalled at the wolf killing. “Americans spent millions of dollars to restore wolves and now the same wolves are being shot, trapped, snared and aerial gunned," said Feher-Elston. "These actions that are not supported by science, but rather because of special interest political pressure. It is insane."

The August 30 rally theme is “Wolves Belong.” During the event, wolves will be honored by internationally respected speakers and authors, tribal leaders, and wolf and wildlife advocates, along with performances by a variety of bands and musicians. Predator Defense is sponsoring the rally with the Moscow-based Friends of the Clearwater and the Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance. The Kootenai Environmental Alliance and Footloose Montana are also supporting the event.

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