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Pro-wolf vigil tonight in CDA

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Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 8:37 am

From a press release: The Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance (NIWA) will conduct a candlelight vigil to honor 337 fallen Idaho and Montana wolves, and protest the war against wolves, this evening starting at 4:30 - the night of "The Full Wolf Moon."

They will gather near the Independence Point parking lot in Coeur d'Alene and walk through downtown from there.

NIWA is joining Howling for Justice and Wolf Warriors to make The Candlelight Vigil for Wolves under the Full Wolf Moon a "Howl Across America" event, encouraging wolf supporters to hold their own vigils across the country on this special night.

Idaho's wolf "hunt" is cruel and unjustified, according to NIWA. IDFG claims they need a wolf hunt in order to

1. alleviate livestock depredation,

2. protect elk herd numbers,

3. public safety.

4. To control wolf numbers.


1. Livestock depredation by wolves is relatively uncommon.

Recent history has not seen a single case of livestock depredation by wolves in the Panhandle.

Idaho's wolf hunt is not targeting areas with a high concentration of livestock ranches.

Last year, throughout Idaho, out of 2.2 million cattle, only 75 were killed by wolves. (source: USFWS)

Compare this to 86,900 losses from non-depredation !!! (Source: NASS)

2. Elk numbers are at or above objectives in most of Idaho. Idaho's elk population actually GREW last year by 2000 animals to 103,000, despite repeated claims of devastation by wolves.

In the three major "wolf states", Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, elk populations grew by 5% , 35% and 66% respectively from 1984 to 2009. (RMEF 25th anniversary report 2009)

On the other hand, losses due to Crop damage from prey species like elk and deer amount to three times as much as losses from livestock depredation due to predators! (SOURCE : NASS)

3. In regards to public safety, there have been NO fatalities caused by wolves in the lower 48 in the last 100 years, and only possibly 2 in all of N. America. Unverifiable stories of so called "wolf attacks" where no one ever actually gets attacked should get no consideration or press.

Cougars and Bears kill people every year so why do you allow for THOUSANDS of them to live in State, yet only 150 wolves??? Anti wolf groups attempt to boost hysteria by claiming children will be attacked at school bus stops. While that hasn't happened, at least two children WERE shot by hunters at bus stops this school year.

4. Wolves are a self-regulating species. Because the wolf is an apex predator, once suitable habitat is filled in, wolves disperse or their population growth slows.

From the study "The Ecology of the Timber Wolf in Algonquin Provincial Park," by D. H. Pimlott : -

"Wolves were not hunted in the park during the study, and their population remained stable. The estimated number of deer also remained the same."

The researchers' summary says, "The data that have been reviewed show that wolf populations which are not exploited (hunted), stabilize and maintain a much lower percentage of young than they are capable of producing."

"...our work in Algonquin Park and the research on Isle Royale have shown that stability of populations develops even when wolves are completely protected and when they have an adequate food supply."

Since the reintroduction in ‘95 and ‘96, Idaho's wolf population growth rate had gradually slowed down to an 8% by 2008, the year before the first wolf hunt.

In addition, not only can we afford to have wolves on our landscape; we NEED them in our wild lands ! There is no better wilderness manager than the wolf.


  • Discuss

Welcome to the discussion.


  • Idaho Roper posted at 5:42 pm on Tue, Jan 10, 2012.

    Idaho Roper Posts: 117

    What an egregious attempt to twist facts, these people obviously have no contact with the real world. The real facts, and law, dictate the necessity to manage all species in our limited ecosystems and this group is really nothing more than an emotionally based anti-hunting group.

    The real science proves wolves deplete elk populations to about 10% of the pre wolf populations, and the evidence on the ground shows this to be true. We have much more complicated ecosystems than the Isle Royale ecosystem does. It contains only one prey species, moose; and one predator, wolves. So if we are to ever come to the situation they have there, we have a whole plethora of species that must go. Predator mediated competition is a reality and proven science and further explains why the 'balance' they claim is nothing more than a utopian pipe dream.

    Attempting to use USFWS or IDFG numbers to support their position fails to explain that these numbers have been manipulated and objectives have all been changed downward. Cherry picking information is atypical tactic of the emotionally based.

    IDFG just recently admitted that wolves exist in at least twice as many locations as they even knew about. So, considering that admission and reality, IDFG becomes suspect as a source in numbers and predation impacts. I would suggest their biologists get out of the office more as the destruction of our ecosystems are happening at a breakneck speed and these wolves have been allowed to seriously over populate or ecosystems.

    NIWA's leaders, the wolf people of cocolalla really should spend a little more time trying to round up their escaped (released?) wolf they are legally responsible for and lied about before they spend an evening burning candles over legally and rightfully managed wild wolves.

    Why these people are so emotionally attached to a disease ridden, over populated wild animal is beyond me. They are nothing special, just another species that was successfully introduced and now in need of management that considers all the species in our ecosystem. People who see them as gods or as the end all solution really need to seek help.

  • summit700 posted at 10:43 am on Tue, Jan 10, 2012.

    summit700 Posts: 11

    Wolf lovers must all live in cities were they dont have to deal with the problem. We do, the people that make a living raising cattle.

  • summit700 posted at 10:35 am on Tue, Jan 10, 2012.

    summit700 Posts: 11

    Maybe all you wolf lovers should go live with a pack of them that should rid us of your stupidity. You could fill up their bellies insted of our livestock and wildlife. Maybe all you wolfe lovers dont like cute cuddly deer and elk. The press should maybe tell some facts not all this BS.

  • ab422 posted at 8:16 pm on Mon, Jan 9, 2012.

    ab422 Posts: 1

    Nice people!

  • kren posted at 7:26 pm on Mon, Jan 9, 2012.

    kren Posts: 2

    At least we can still laugh at the stupidity. :)

  • stayathomemom posted at 6:32 pm on Mon, Jan 9, 2012.

    stayathomemom Posts: 12

    @ kren
    I think I may be able to help you out.... JACKWAGONS!!

  • kren posted at 6:09 pm on Mon, Jan 9, 2012.

    kren Posts: 2

    Words fail me..... no, wait.....IDIOTS.

  • petand posted at 4:56 pm on Mon, Jan 9, 2012.

    petand Posts: 154

    All these NI goobers so scared of the Big Bad Wolf! They just want an excuse to go shoot something!

  • LTRLTR posted at 4:52 pm on Mon, Jan 9, 2012.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    Cda. Press:

    Why do you allow false information to be published?

    Researching Fish and Game reports proves the information in this press release is false.

  • rollingthunder posted at 2:48 pm on Mon, Jan 9, 2012.

    rollingthunder Posts: 351

    Here in Bonner County it is shoot and release!

  • immortal posted at 11:26 am on Mon, Jan 9, 2012.

    immortal Posts: 258

    Immediately after this meeting and march all will be invited to the local Flat Earth Society BBQ. Please bring your tin foil head covering.

  • milburnschmidt posted at 11:12 am on Mon, Jan 9, 2012.

    milburnschmidt Posts: 1161

    To think the average reader believes the above statistics quoted is laughable. USFWS statistics probably only reflect investigations they were involved in. Any one following these incidents knows that annimals killed by wolves and not found for a few days are incapable of being identified as a wolf kill if they are even found and are not considered. Wolf kills found on private land or even in grazing areas are not all reported to them. Anyone who states exact numbers of wolves is not credible as are Govt estimates that are politically generated are only guesstimates. High numbers to show a successful recovery program,low numbers when game and livestock numbers are involved. NWA is as credible as a politician running for office these folks get their facts from like minded people and pick and choose who they quote. No better place for the wolf warriors than howling and praying under a full moon. That says it all.

  • Patrick Krapfl posted at 10:20 am on Mon, Jan 9, 2012.

    Patrick Krapfl Posts: 13

    That reminds, me....I have to go buy my 2012 wolf tags. Season is still open until March.

  • Jan Wingren posted at 9:54 am on Mon, Jan 9, 2012.

    Jan Wingren Posts: 3

    I wonder where these folks got their 'facts'. Check out this link for some facts from the documentary 'Crying Wolf'..........

  • idahotater posted at 9:53 am on Mon, Jan 9, 2012.

    idahotater Posts: 54

    Its going to be a tree huggin, birkenstock wearing granola crunchin good time tonight. Great time to go out and shoot some wolves

  • cougar posted at 9:41 am on Mon, Jan 9, 2012.

    cougar Posts: 230

    Jeez....Cry a river of tears!!!!
    You keep trying to protect wolves, and we'll keep shooting em'. They make great target practice.

  • sportsman posted at 9:35 am on Mon, Jan 9, 2012.

    sportsman Posts: 8

    Will they be serving Granola too?

  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 9:24 am on Mon, Jan 9, 2012.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    A /great beginning for any children to learn the basic truths by, through cartoon and Music.

    Peter & the Wolf - Disney style

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