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Subject: Comments on the wolf extermination program in the heart of America’s largest forested Wilderness in the lower-48 states.
The FS regional forester Nora Rasure:
The FS chief Tom Tidwell:
The IDFG director Virgil Moore,
On January 7, Wilderness Watch, along with other conservation groups and Idaho wildlife advocate Ralph Maughan, asked a federal judge in Idaho to stop a program by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) (with the support of the U.S. Forest Service (FS)) to exterminate two wolf packs deep within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness (FCRNRW).
In mid-December 2013, IDFG hired a hunter-trapper to pack into central Idaho's 2.4-million-acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness to kill all the wolves in the Golden and Monumental packs, to artificially inflate elk populations for outfitters and recreational hunters.
The FS, which administers the Wilderness, approved the extermination program by authorizing the use of a FS cabin and airstrip to support the hired killer.
The state’s program to destroy wolves in the Wilderness stomps all over the Wilderness Act, which requires land managers to protect and administer designated Wilderness so that it remains wild.
By manipulating the wolf population, and changing the conditions in the FCRNRW, the Forest Service is allowing Idaho Fish and Game to destroy the area’s wild character, in violation of the Wilderness Act.
Wildlife within the FCRNRW (and all Wildernesses) should be allowed to interact naturally, regardless of whether humans like the outcome of those interactions.
In allowing IDFG to carry out its wolf eradication mission, the FS had abandoned its required responsibility under the 1964 Wilderness Act to protect the wild character of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.
An emergency injunction to immediately halt the killing has been filled until the case can be heard in court. Unfortunately, a federal judge in Idaho denied the injunction on January 16.
On January 21, Wilderness Watch appealed to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. At the time of this article’s writing, nine wolves have been killed.
I want to express my outrage over this wolf extermination program in the heart of America’s largest forested Wilderness in the lower-48 states.