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Looks like an environmental organization named Howl Across America is planning a protest rally in Coeur d'Alene Sunday afternoon, staging from 11 to noon at Ramsey Park. A Berry Picker sent a link to Hucks Online, containing an exchange between Howl Across America and its followers. First, the announcement: “The Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance is planning to hold two protest rallies in August to protest the wolf hunt planned to start on Sept. 3rd in Idaho, and to protest the removal of the Gray Wolf of the Northern Rockies from the Endangered Species list, by way of the Budget Bill last April. One of our protests will take place in Sandpoint, Idaho and the other in Coeur d' Alene.” The Sandpoint rally had been scheduled for yesterday afternoon. You can read the entire exchange here.
No quota has been set for the wolf during this year’s season. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has proposed a wolf hunting season for Aug. 30 to March 31. Jim Hayden, IDFG regional wildlife manager, said the commission has also proposed a trapping season for the wolf, Dec. 1 through Jan. 15. “We’ve added a month to the front of the hunting season and this will be our first trapping season,” Mr. Hayden said. The public is invited to an open house at the Panhandle Region office at 2885 W. Kathleen Avenue in Coeur d’Alene (today), from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Regional staff will be on hand to answer questions and to solicit input on the 2011 wolf season proposals. Mr. Hayden said the changes should bring an 18 percent harvest increase. Overall, the IDFG expects to see a 20 percent reduction in the state’s wolf population numbers/Summer Crosby, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here.
Question: Do you support a wolf hunt without quotas in Idaho?
Idaho is planning a fall wolf hunt with no overall limit - and no limits in four zones, the Panhandle, Lolo, Selway and Middle Fork zones - because of “documented impacts to elk and other prey species in those zones,” Idaho Fish and Game officials announced today. It’s also planning a trapping season for wolves in the fall, in an effort to reduce the wolf population by more than the 188 animals taken in the state’s first wolf hunt in 2009/Betsy Russell & Becky Kramer, SR. More here. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman photo by Shawn Raecke, of new Idaho F&G Director Virgil Moore)
Question: As wily as wolves are, do you think they'll still be OK, populationwise, without a bag limit in Idaho?
Idaho Fish & Game Commissioner Tony McDermott of Sagle said he’s been hearing from “frustrated sportsmen,” and he told Fish & Wildlife Service Regional Director Robin Thorson, “I’m not sure your federal rule failed, I think it was maybe the federal justice system and one judge that didn’t like the rule, didn’t like it for political reasons and threw it back into the political arena.” McDermott said that’s just his opinion, but said, “There are no good options out of the political arena right now” and said the issue on wolves is a “judge’s asinine decision.” McDermott also said he’s read the 10(j) rule, and it’s “unbelievably complicated,” saying, “I’m almost convinced it was written by at least 20 lawyers when it was written back in 1974”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
- FWS official on wolf hunt: Idaho did everything right/Eye On Boise
- Fish and Game opens meeting/Eye On Boise
Question: Idaho claims it did everything right re: its handling of wolf hunts only to be thwarted by a federal judge who reinstituted the hunting ban because Wyoming couldn’t get its act together. Is this an example of an activist judge abusing his power?