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A Rural Viewpoint On Wolf Reintroduction And Protection

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Wolves 10 J Rule Hidden Agendas

The much publicized 10j rule in Idaho that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has agreed on to help reduce livestock depredation allowing ranchers more flexibility to kill wolves that are pursuing, harassing or killing livestock. Ranchers say that is not enough, livestock producers want the use of poison, shoot on sight, after the first shots are fired wolves will become nocturnal and very elusive ranchers may never see or get a shot at them again, livestock depredation will continue.

Now lets discuss Idaho's wildlife and the 10J. Rule. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says Idaho Department of Fish and Game, can remove wolves that are seriously depleting wildlife in wolf density areas. (Which is most of Idaho) First we must commend Idaho Department of Fish and Game to have the presence to get a jumpstart on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, by recently employing two wolf biologist. It is not a cut and dry situation, Idaho Fish and Game, cannot remove wolves until scientific studies have been completed (another hoop to jump through) to prove wolves are seriously depleting wildlife in those areas. Once the studies are completed they are subject to peer review. The Ph.D.'s that are in charge of peer review science are TV mogul Ted Turner, Turner Endangered Species Foundation, Mike Phillips and on loan from the USFWS Val Asher. Mike Phillips, formerly employed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was responsible for the so-called "soft core introduction of wolves into Yellowstone Park." A team of 15 Ph.D.'s who specialize in predator prey, said "Yellowstone could hold 78-100 wolves maximum if it were done over a 10 to 20 year period, is now estimated 350 plus wolves in seven years. Phillips said before a crowd of 400 "the main goal of wolf recovery is to drive 30,000 ranchers off public lands", by encouraging pro wolf extremists to eliminate the Taylor Grazing Act. Like the Wizard of Oz, yanking the ropes, Phillips and Asher will stand behind the curtain hold all the power and will have the final say. What chances does the state of Idaho have getting their studies peer reviewed and passed? Meanwhile Idaho's wildlife will continue to be decimated.

"DELISTING" The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, wants us to believe the 10 J. Rule is the answer to our problems with wolves until delisting occurs. Wolf management assumption by the states is misleading aspect of the real issue. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seized all management jurisdiction and authority from the states when they "listed "the wolf as "endangered". While it sounds reasonable that returning management to the states, that is not the case. The states agreed to certain conditions that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Defenders of Wildlife, will watch like a hawk. The fact remains it can be overturned at any time. Example: Environmental or animal rights coalition goes into a court claiming some sort of noncompliance based on their own data for on the fact that some hoop was not jump through. The next president puts a green activist Secretary of Interior or over U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and they claim some sort of environmental mumble jumble can take back management. "Disease or a food shortage or attacks on humans or skyrocketing stock losses or a big game herd crash or any of a number of things change the states needs and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, lets the state look like bad guys can take back management". As long as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the Endangered Species Act and increasingly powerful precedents to overshadow states at will, the problem will just get worse. The only real solution lies in repealing the federal authority to take and then disburse to states authorities given to the States by the Constitution specifically to avoid the sort of power chicanery. Given the wolf undeserved classification as an endangered species, with more than 70,000 wolves in North America, it was not deserving as "endangered species". Wolves were never extinct from Idaho as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants us to believe. In 1987 eight years prior to wolf introduction by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and elderly Napa Idaho residents was attacked by wolves in south central Idaho near Bear Valley, complete with photographs and documentation of this fact is available.

February 9th 2005 a federal judge struck down any attempt for delisting wolves. U.S. District Judge Robert Jones, in Portland OR. rescinded the April 2003 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to lower the status from endangered to threatened. Center for Biological Diversity, one of 19 environmental groups filing the lawsuit. Holding the tri states Idaho, Montana and Wyoming hostage indefinitely. De- listing will not occur in our lifetime.

Wolf Biologist Dr. David L. Mech, one of the leading wolf biologist in North America, dubbed by many as the "Godfather" of wolf biology. Said "legitimate wolf recovery efforts have been "hijacked" by pro wolf extremist " Mech who chaired the 11 peer review scientists that passed Wyoming's wolf management plan overwhelmingly in 2004, with only one descending vote. U.S. Fish and Wildlife, intervened and overturned the peer review science board, denied the state of Wyoming, any real wolf management control methods.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Draft-Effects of Wolf Predation on North Central Idaho released January-2006 will be peer reviewed and if passed, can be overturned by USFWS as case in Wyoming.

Dr. Charles Kay, one of the most prestigious wildlife biologist in the Northern Rockies, denouncing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for the non-indigenous Canadian Gray Wolf transplants into Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Dr. Kay concluded "Wolf recovery by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is nothing but a scam, fraud, lies and misinformation being presented to the mainstream media and the general public". Dr. Kay challenged the National Park Service to a national debate to expose those responsible for destroying the ecosystems in tri-state areas. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service refused the debate. Biologists from Canada where the Canadian Gray Wolves transplants came from, said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service, would be nuts to accept that challenge they would be exposed.

John Nelson

Board of Directors

Idaho Anti-Wolf Coalition, Inc.