Wyoming galvanizes position on "predator" classification of wolf
You bet Cros!
The best thing that ever happened to Montana and Idaho was the failure to delist the wolf last week.
Our states are now rapidly realizing that we have rights under Sec.11 (h) of the ESA and U.S. Code 7 that asks the question;
"Why are we begging the USFWS for delisting when we can demand predator control?"
Both Montana and Idaho now have the opportunity to revert back to the legal definition of the wolf as "predator" and reclaim our rights under Sec. 11(h) of the ESA and Title 7 of the U.S.Code.
Robert T. Fanning, Jr. Chmn.
Friends of the Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd,Inc.
P.O. Box 142 Pray , Montana 59065
Wyoming never wanted wolves in the first place. They have killed so many elk that the Dubois Game Warden is considering recommending a ZERO cow elk harvest this fall and the elk harvest in the northern Yellowstone herd has diminished 75% in six years!
The "predator" status is the ONLY "adequate regulatory mechanism" that will protect Wyoming's people. Hunted wolves become nocturnal and elusive making hunting an ineffective tool. Poisoning is illegal, trapping is severely restricted and aerial gunning produces low harvest and high emotions leading to possible tourism boycotts or lawsuits. Wyoming will never effectively control wolf populations under any plan, but the predator status comes the closest. It is important to note that Wyoming Game and Fish Department, jealously guarding their autonomy, prefers statewide "trophy game status" for wolves so G&F will be in total control of yet another species. The practical result of this scenario will be a political tug of war over wolf harvest quotas and season lengths, just as it is now with black bear and lions. Pro wolf outside interests will constantly lobby or sue for more wolves.
I believe we must urge our state legislators to stand firm and not pass a bill meeting the latest federal demands. HB 300 appropriated $250,000 to litigate this type of issue, so let Governor Freudanthal put his money where his mouth is and ask a judge to determine if Wyoming's Wolf Plan meets Endangered Species Act criteria like the peer review scientists did. The danger however, is by signing any Wolf Plan, Wyoming enters into a contract guaranteeing wolves in perpetuity.
Better yet, Wyoming, as a sovereign state, owns its wildlife and therefore controls its own destiny. SF 97, passed last session, reaffirms Wyoming's jurisdiction over wildlife implying federal wolf introduction to be illegal in the first place. Wyoming should litigate federal usurpation of jurisdiction and ultimately rid the state of wolves. We must make a choice now whether to let the feds dictate our destiny or not. Our future is at stake.
Jim Allen, Lander
Allen's Diamond 4 Ranch
Wilderness Outfitter Since 1973