July 17, 2017
In a horrifying new proposal, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) is considering allowing trophy hunters to use bait when hunting wolves. The IDFG already allows this atrocious method for killing black bears, but hunters want to be able to use this method for attracting and slaughtering wolves as well. What cruelties will they think of next?
The public has a chance to weigh in and stop this sickness by commenting on IDFG’s proposed rules until July 26th. There is an online form here that allows for participants to take a quick survey and add additional comments.
- Baiting of wildlife violates fair chase ethics and Idaho shouldn’t allow it for any species, including black bears and wolves;
- Ethical hunters never kill animals they don’t intend to eat, and this proposal would further encourage unethical hunting practices;
- Hunters already kill hundreds of wolves in Idaho each year and there is no evidence that IDFG needs to make it any “easier” for wolf-killing hunters to get their animal;
- Bait stations have a host of other impacts, from attracting non-target species to luring predators into conflict with human habitations, and the proposed regulations don’t do enough to resolve those issues;
- The use of live bait is despicable and must be prohibited in all hunting operations; and
- It’s 2017. Come on, people!
If the proposed rule change is adopted, Idaho would be the only state that would allow wolf baiting and its a shameful distinction. The IDFG must vote down the proposed rule change and amend the regulations concerning baiting of black bears.
Please take the time to comment today. These animals occur on public lands that belong to all of us. Again, the link to the IDFG website is here.
Thank you for speaking out!