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And now the Wyoming gray wolf slaughter begins

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008 at 6:52 am in Endangered species, Hunting, Killing wolves, wild predators, Wolves.

Three wolves are killed in Wyoming within days of federal protection removal

As I said here on March 25 — After many years of federal protection that cost millions of tax dollars, gray wolves will be fair game for hunters and ranchers in most of Wyoming when the animals are removed from the endangered species list on March 28.

Guess what? I was right.

The information below was on Tuesday’s (April 1) Associated Press wire. It comes from a story in the Casper (Wyoming) Star-tribune. You can read the whole story at

LANDER, Wyo. — Wyoming hunters and ranchers killed at least three gray wolves within the first three days of the animals’ removal from the federal endangered species list, local and state wildlife officials said.

Wyoming, Montana and Idaho took over management of wolves within their borders on Friday as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ended protection of the animals under the Endangered Species Act.

Scott Talbott, the Game and Fish official overseeing Wyoming’s new wolf management program, said one of the wolves was wearing a tracking collar.

All three wolves were killed in Wyoming’s predator zone, where people are now allowed to kill wolves at any time and for any reason as long as they report the time, location and sex of each kill to the state within 10 days.

Wyoming is home to 25 wolf packs living outside of Yellowstone National Park, and seven of those live in the predator area. Wildlife officials have said that most of the 30 to 35 wolves living outside the trophy game zone live in adjoining Sublette County.

Terry Pollard, co-owner of Bald Mountain Outfitters in Pinedale, said he heard reports of many locals going wolf hunting over the weekend, but most didn’t make any kills. “I think they’re finding just what we figured,” Pollard said. “These wolves are an extremely tough animal to hunt. There was a significant amount of hunters out this weekend, and very few of them were taken.”

Mike Leahy, Rocky Mountain regional director of Defenders of Wildlife, said it’s hard to know how many wolves were killed over the weekend because hunters have 10 days to report kills within the predator zone.

“In a shoot-on-sight zone, a large number of the wolves could be killed before Wyoming Game and Fish or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service even knows about it,” Leahy said. “There could be big impacts to the wolf population that go underreported until it’s too late.”

Defenders of Wildlife is one of several groups that has filed notice of their intent to sue the Fish and Wildlife Service to retain Endangered Species Act protections for the wolves. Leahy said it’s too early to know whether the group will seek an emergency injunction against the federal delisting decision.

So there you have it. Our tax dollars have been spent all these years so the federal government could keep the gray wolves from becoming extinct … just so Wyoming can sell hunting licenses to kill those very same  gray wolves at a very nice profit for the state.

Next … the wolf-killing fields of Idaho and Montana. Aren’t we clever? /Gary

Picture of gray wolf by Flickr user dobak under Creative Commons license

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10 Responses to “And now the Wyoming gray wolf slaughter begins”

  1. Maggie Says:

    I am just sickened at this news…there is just no hope left when I read something like this. Maggie

  2. Michael Says:

    How sad this makes me. I am going to link this article to my blog. Everyone needs to know about this mindless slaughter.

  3. Irremotus Says:

    What did you expect? Introducing wolves in the Greater Yellowstone Area was a bone-headed idea.

    First, there are more people in the area than the early 1900s. Hence a higher probability of wolf conflict.

    Second, the wolf they introduced is a more aggressive species that was not indigenous to the area. The original species pretty much roamed in pairs and not packs of 8 wolves and higher.

    Finally, with the same wolf population and a more aggressive species there was bound to be more wolf/livestock conflicts.

    People who pushed introducing the Timber Wolf are the only ones to blame for the wolf bloodshed.

    Poorly conceived ideas beget disappointing results. Duh….

  4. Kevin Says:

    I remember sitting on a bus one day on the way home from building a gas plant in Kemmerer Wyoming. A young man in the seat behind me was bragging about slaughtering a herd of deer with a semi automatic weapon at close range. That was twenty six years ago. Times change but emotional retards with guns are still allowed to thrill kill gods creatures. I’m sure Dick Cheney and his buds will enjoy shooting wolves from airplanes. How many deferments did that sick bastard get ? 5.

  5. Mel Says:

    When you have all lived and ranched in Wyoming you can talk about how horrible it is too shoot the animals that steal your livelyhoods from your own backyards.


    .HELLOOOOOOOO PEOPLE OF LANDER Wyoming you really need a lesson tought your killing our beloved wolves adn that needs to stop its people like you that make me and my friends ANGRY AND EVEN BEYOND ANGRY

  7. john Says:

    What about all the money sportsmen and women have been contributing to wildlife protection and restoration for years, just to feed introduced gray wolves. Get over the money issues, this is just politics, and if the feds could be 100% truthful about intentions and numbers and closures, etc. it might actually work, without all the turmoil. Bottomline the wild is not disney nor should it be! And humans are part of the system – kill or be killed, eat or be eaten!!!!

  8. Jo Says:

    It’s not “part of the system” to kill for fun. That’s not natural at all.

    And “kill or be killed” doesn’t really apply to wolves, they aren’t known for causing many human fatalities at all. Far more are caused by hunting accidents.

    Livestock are taken because in most cases it is easier than hunting wild prey. Guard your livestock, protect it in some way (electic fence? Guarding dogs? Putting then inside at night?) and it becomes harder to take than wild prey, most wolves will then leave it alone.

    The wolf is a beautiful animal that should be admired and respected, not feared and hated.

  9. Chaz Says:

    Will you all shut up! You have no idea what you are talking about. People from Wyoming don’t just go out and shot wolves for fun! They come to us and harm US!! How would you feel if you woke up to a wolf killing your pets! Grow up!!! Go Wyoming!

  10. christian kuehl Says:

    well excuse me Chaz you really need to get the facts straight about the wolves. they only kill pets when they them selves a dieing and or afraid of something and to my point it is peoples fault that they go out and shoot the wolves when the wolves are simply minding their own business…and how sad is it that you really did not know this information at all! and by the way THANKS ANIMALS RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS FOR PROTECTING THE WOLVES. Go New jersey and the WORLD Wildlife FOUNDATION.

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