Posted: 12 Aug 2011
Wood River workshop – As word of Defenders of Wildlife's Wood River Wolf Project spreads across Idaho, more and more people are starting to take notice. Suzanne Stone led a workshop this week in partnership with the Blaine County Commission to demonstrate the tools that have made the project such a success. Carter Niemeyer, former federal trapper and wolf recovery coordinator for Idaho, and Rick
Williamson, retired field agent for Wildlife Services, joined the workshop to answer questions based on their combined decades of experience in the field managing conflicts between livestock and wolves. A small but savvy crowd of top state officials and local ranchers participated in the workshop, adding lively debate to what was otherwise a technical workshop. Stay tuned for video and additional photos from the workshop in coming weeks, plus forthcoming stories in the Idaho Mountain Express and Idaho Public Television.
Opting out of wolf litigation – Three environmental groups involved in a lawsuit over the wolf delisting rider announced that they will be appealing a Montana federal court’s decision to the Ninth Circuit. Mike Leahy was interviewed on Northwest News Networkthis week to explain why Defenders has steered clear of further litigation on the issue. Listen here:
Read more about the pending litigation in this blog.
Suzanne Stone, Northern Rockies representative for Defenders of Wildlife, also blastedThe plan also got a bad reception in Teton County, where local commissioners have been pushing the state to permanently expand the trophy management area for the entire year to avoid unnecessary killing.
“Sanctioning aerial gunning and the killing of pregnant females and newborn pups is not only a clear violation of fair-chase hunting ethics, but also a drastic and unwarranted step that could seriously harm the long-term viability of the population.” she said.
Stone said she was appalled that the Obama administration had done something that she would have expected from the Bush administration.
Are hunters good stewards? – Not when it comes to wolves, according to a new study released by University of Wisconsin researchers. They found that surveyed hunters in the western Great Lakes and Northern Rockies were some of the least likely to support ongoing wolf recovery efforts.
“Hunters were some of the least tolerant of wolves among our respondents, and the closer you got to wolf range the less tolerant they were,” says Treves, a professor in the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.source