IDAHO – On July 1 of this year, Senate Bill 1211, also known as the Wolf Management Bill, came into effect in Idaho. This bill was quickly passed by the Idaho House and Senate and landed on Gov. Brad Little’s desk in May, where it was enacted.
Senate Bill 1211 allows anyone with a wolf hunting tag to kill an unlimited number of wolves and removes restrictions on how wolves can be killed. This bill was supported by the livestock industry, but others are still trying to end it months after it became law.
“This new law is destroying entire wolf families and harming our ecosystem,” said Amanda Wight, wildlife protection program manager at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
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The Humane Society of the United States opposes the legislation, saying it is harming the wolf population and pushing the species to the brink of extinction.
“These effects on the wolf population are what prompted the HSUS and our allies to ask the US Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this year to return wolves to the Northern Rockies or across the western United States on the list of endangered species, “said the lawyer responsible for animal welfare. protection law at the HSUS Nicholas Arrivo said.
“Last year the legislature wanted to provide additional tools to the toolkit to see if we can increase wolf mortality or at least the ability to increase mortality enough so that we can move the population to the south for a few years and cut it down, ”said Ed Schriever, director of Idaho Fish and Game, at a natural resources and interim committee meeting.
Senate Bill 1211 went into effect just three months ago, but here is some data so far. If you look at the dark blue line, that’s how many wolves were killed in 2021 compared to the past 5 years.
“July 2021, the month following the implementation of 1211. You can see that the harvest was the second lowest in 5 years. Schriever said. “In August, the 2021 wolf harvest was just a little higher than its previous record.”
At the start of the year, Idaho had nearly 1,500 wolves, and ranchers claim wolves kill their cattle. In 2019, 156 cows and sheep were killed by wolves, and in 2020 only 84. Of the nearly 2.7 million cows and sheep in Idaho, some might say that is a relatively small percentage.
“USDA data shows that Idaho’s cattle actually lose 15 times more cattle to disease, respiratory problems and inclement weather than to wolves, coyotes and foxes combined,” said Wight.
“All we are asking the government to do is do what it said it would do at the time of delisting if these kinds of circumstances occurred,” Arrivo said.