Suit to stop federal agency wolf killings in Idaho rejected 

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USDA FWS Goon Squad killed 56 wolves in Idaho in 2017, all due to attacks on livestock reportedly. Grim said the agency killed 70 wolves in Idaho in 2016 — 50 due to livestock attacks and 20 to relieve pressure on elk herds in northern Idaho. There the Humans go again thinking they can manage or forsee what Mother Nature has planned for her species.

Todd Grimm is a USDA Supervisor that allows m-44s to be deployed wherever they want and almost resulted in the Deaths of Canyon and his Father, but did kill their Dog Casey. Grimm needs to be replaced due to neglect and near causing the Deaths of Human Beings due to simple Negligence!

 

A federal agency doesn’t need to do a new environmental study before being allowed to kill more wolves in Idaho, a federal court judge has ruled.

U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge on Thursday ruled in favor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services of Idaho and against Western Watersheds Project and four other environmental groups.

Lodge said that even if Wildlife Services stopped killing wolves in Idaho, it wouldn’t matter because the Idaho Department of Fish and Game manages wolves in the state and has demonstrated it can kill wolves, hire third parties to kill wolves, or increase hunting and trapping for wolves. He said that meant the environmental groups lacked standing to bring the lawsuit.

“Plaintiffs have not shown that the relief they seek will redress their claimed injuries,” Lodge wrote.

Laird Lucas, an attorney at Advocates for the West representing the groups, said the ruling will be appealed.

“We believe the court’s holding that plaintiffs lacked standing, based on speculation that Idaho Department of Fish and Game could take over all of Wildlife Services’ wolf-killing activities in Idaho, is incorrect.”

Lodge didn’t rule on the main thrust of the environmental groups’ arguments, including one that contended Wildlife Services’ 2011 study that allowed it to kill wolves in the state is flawed because it relies on outdated information. The groups also say that the outdated information includes Idaho choosing to use a 2002 wolf management plan that requires 15 packs minimum in the state, which the groups contend is not enough for a viable population.

Todd Grimm, Idaho State Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, said Lodge was right in that Idaho Fish and Game is capable of controlling wolves as well as the federal agency.

“We are pleased with the decision by the court, and we will continue working with our Idaho Fish and Game partners to manage wolf conflicts,” he said Friday.

Grim said that his agency killed 56 wolves in Idaho in 2017, all due to attacks on livestock. He said the agency killed 70 wolves in Idaho in 2016 — 50 due to livestock attacks and 20 to relieve pressure on elk herds in northern Idaho.

The last intensive wolf count in Idaho was in 2015 when officials said the state had an estimated 786 wolves at the end of the year. That’s also the last year Idaho Fish and Game was required to do that type of count after wolves were removed from the Endangered Species List.

Roger Phillips, a spokesman for the agency, said biologists now get a general estimate of wolf populations using remote cameras, tracking wolf kills by hunters and trappers, and doing genetic studies. He said Friday that genetic studies give an estimate of 53 wolf packs in the state, while cameras and harvest tallies put the estimate at 90 packs.

He said the agency estimates the wolf population in Idaho is still about the same as at the end of 2015 — between 750 and 800 wolves.

“We have seen no dramatic increase or decrease in the last five years, which leads us to believe that it’s a stable population,” he said.

Source: Suit to stop federal agency wolf killings in Idaho rejected | Idaho Statesman

Idaho fighting order to destroy wilderness wolf, elk data 

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BOISE, Idaho — Idaho officials are challenging a federal court order to destroy information collected from tracking collars placed on elk and wolves obtained illegally by landing a helicopter in a central Idaho wilderness area.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore on Tuesday requested a stay of the judgment in U.S. District Court in Idaho pending the agency’s appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled in January the U.S. Forest Service broke environmental laws nearly two years ago by authorizing Idaho Fish and Game to put collars on about 60 elk by landing helicopters in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, where engines are prohibited.

Idaho also collared four wolves in an action the Forest Service didn’t authorize. Fish and Game blamed miscommunication with a helicopter crew.

Winmill wrote that it was such an extreme case “the only remedy that will directly address the ongoing harm is an order requiring destruction of the data.”

Specifically, Fish and Game is seeking to stay the court’s order to destroy data and to stay the court’s prohibiting the agency as well as the Forest Service from using that data.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game “agrees that as a condition of such stay, IDFG would not use any live radio collar placed during the January 2016 helicopter project in the Frank Church Wilderness to locate wolves for lethal removal,” the document states.

Source: Idaho fighting order to destroy wilderness wolf, elk data – The Washington Post

Idaho Wolf control board reports its cost per wolf killed is dropping, population ‘stabilizing’ cough cough

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At the budget hearing this morning on Idaho’s Wolf Depredation Control Board, to which lawmakers have been allocating $400,000 a year in state funds for the past three years to contract to have problem wolves killed, the board reported that its cost per wolf killed has been dropping. “In fiscal year ’16, the cost per wolf removal was $9,005 dollars per wolf,” board member Carl Rey told the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee. “In ’17, it was $8,003 dollars per wolf so far.”

Rey said those figures do include some other costs besides direct wolf-killing, including collaring of wolves – which can cost $2,000 per collared wolf – to monitor the population. Plus, he said, “Our contract with Wildlife Services requires that they perform investigations and determinations. So they respond to all complaints from livestock producers. In so doing, approximately 15 percent of those investigations result in a finding that it was not a wolf that in fact was the problem. And another 15 percent result in the fact that it was a probable or only a maybe that it was a wolf that was the causal factor in the problem. So when you look at those statistics, it’s important that you realize that that conflict management at the producer level between Wildlife Services, our board, and the producer has a huge value on it.”

Rey said the board has spent $232,098 so far this year, all to protect livestock. “Of course there will be further activity in the Lolo Zone, primarily to protect wild ungulates from excessive depredation,” he said. “So there is work ahead of us in this fiscal year.”

The wolf board, which receives some funds from sportsmen fees and the livestock industry in addition to its $400,000 annual appropriation from state general funds, has been building up a big fund balance – so big that it could spend up to $1.1 million this year if it needed to. Rey said, “Were we to enter into a year when we had acute depredation issues, we could spend that money. … We think that we’re, in the near future, in for some really bad years.” That’s because of likely high winter kill of deer and elk this year, he said. “We think wolves are going to go into the spring and have really high pup success.”

There are about 750 wolves in Idaho now, Rey told JFAC, with about 105 packs. Pack sizes have dropped since the board was created in 2014, he said, from an average of 8.2 wolves per pack to 6.4. About 330 wolves are harvested each year in Idaho, he said, including 250 through sport hunting and trapping and about 80 through the board’s contract with USDA Wildlife Services. “It seems to be stabilizing that population,” he said.

The board is requesting another $400,000 in state funding next year; Gov. Butch Otter has recommended the funding.

Source: Wolf control board reports its cost per wolf killed is dropping, population ‘stabilizing’ | The Spokesman-Review

Idaho May Offer Hunters Bounties for Bad Wolves, Allow Bait 

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Idaho is way under corruption with this one, and offering a bounty…. what kind of Elected Officials do we have? All to benefit the Rancher Once again….. If they cant make it on their own, they need to locate a different protection because WE are tired of tax dollars benefiting Ranchers!

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has proposed putting bounties on problem wolves and allowing hunters to lure wolves with bait.

The proposals come from the department’s Wolf Depredation Control Board, which has discussed how best to take action against the high number of wolves killing livestock and big game, the Capital Press reported (http://bit.ly/2v7VgjS ) Monday.

The board was established by the Legislature in 2014 to manage wolf-controlling funds. The board consists of representatives from the Department of Fish and Game, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, the ranching industry and the general public.

“The use of sportsmen who pay for the opportunity to hunt or trap is traditionally our best method of managing wildlife populations,” Fish and Game Director Virgil Morris said.

Wolf-related livestock killings are at an all-time low, but federal funding to programs aimed at killing problem wolves has been cut, leading to the state, ranchers and sportsmen paying the bill, Morris said.

Idaho Wildlife Services killed 75 wolves in 2015 out of a statewide population of at least 786, according to a report. There were 35 cattle and 125 sheep killings that year.

Hunters, most of whom were pursuing other game, killed 139 wolves in 2016. Trappers got another 131.

Bear hunters who use bait are allowed to shoot any wolves attracted to the bait if they also hold a wolf tag, Morris said.

The proposed wolf bait rule, which must be approved by the Legislature and the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, would encourage “more wolf hunters to go out in the field and just pursue a wolf, like bears,” Morris said.

Source: Idaho May Offer Hunters Bounties for Bad Wolves, Allow Bait | Idaho News | US News

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