“A century ago, state officials in Idaho and Montana persecuted wolves using traps, poison, killing pups in dens, and paying bounties on dead wolves. Here we are, witnessing this needless massacre of wolves yet again. Idaho and Montana officials promised to manage wolves responsibly “just as we do black bears and mountain lions” but they have shattered those promises. Their goal is to kill up to 90% of the wolves in their states, which are simply state sanctioned extermination campaigns. And while it is a positive step that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is moving forward with a 12-month finding to determine whether Northern Rockies wolves should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, the need for emergency listing could not be clearer. It’s important that the Service acts now to prevent the second extermination of hundreds of wolves and their young from the West.”
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