Father and Son | Photo Credit: Donald Scott via Harvest Coyote on Flickr
In April, a couple of congressmen that wanted to protect their large game hunting and livestock economies added the de-listing of the wolf from the Endangered Species Act as a rider to the US budget proposal. In our post, Vegans Must Be Environmentalists, we said:
It doesn’t need discussing here how we feel about livestock production or animal hunting. Their claim is that the wolf populations have rebounded in their states since being reintroduced to the Rocky Mountain region, and now have become a nuisance. The cycle of livestock production and its impact on wildlife management has been flawed for centuries. Wolves were hunted to near extinction in the name of protecting livestock and for their fur- wolves rarely attack humans. Then they were reintroduced as part of a management program.
To be fair, the wolves have increased their populations in Montana and Idaho- they have plenty of prey provided by humans in the form of livestock and managed game such as elk. Wolves love easy and fatty prey such as cattle. They certainly don’t mind eating elk and deer either. The livestock ranchers have a profit to protect and the game hunters don’t want to share. The result is a circle of death with hunting dogs being killed by wolves as well. The gray wolf still maintains very low numbers in Washington, Oregon, and Utah, but the de-listing from the Endangered Species Act will no longer protect these wolves.
And so the wolf was de-listed. In an area that it’s estimated that just over 1500 wolves remain.
According to Friends of Animals, tags are already on sale in Montana for the shooting of 225 wolves with more than 1,000 sold in the first few days. One thousand. In Idaho, hunting will begin on August 30th.
Did you know that, like humans, wolves live in families? They also mate for life, display affectionate behavior towards each other through the use of nuzzling, and have high intelligence.
The wolves need a friend to speak on their behalf, they can’t do it themselves. You can help by voicing your opposition to the hunting of these incredible and beautiful animals by writing or calling the governor of each state- which, thanks to Friends of Animals, I have listed below.