“Wilderness Wolf Watchers” Act to Protect Wolves & Wilderness
On Patrol Ridge. Frank Church Wilderness. Salmon River Mtns © Ralph Maughan
The Wolf Recovery Foundation and Western Watersheds Project recently filed suit to end the Idaho Department of Fish & Game’s (IDF&G) attempt to use helicopters to chase, capture, and collar wolves in the Frank Church-River-Of-No-Return Wilderness. The suit also seeks to shut down Wildlife Service’s wolf killing operations in the state of Idaho, and halt grazing in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area as it conflicts with wildlife, particularly predators including wolves.
More groups sue over wilderness helicopter use – AP
Now, a number of additional conservation groups are jumping on to challenge the Frank Church/wolf/helicopter-landing part of the lawsuit including:
Great Old Broads for Wilderness
Winter Wildlands Alliance
Idaho Conservation League
The Wilderness Society
I hope you’ll take a look at the motion and brief filed yesterday :
Read the Opening Injuction Brief
Read the Injunction Motion
Should the IDF&G be allowed to harass, land, and collar wolves with helicopters, many prominent conservationists’ wilderness/wildlife-watching experiences will be harmed as they plan to recreate and take solitude within the lower 48-state’s largest Wilderness area this coming season.
I hope you’ll take the time to read the declarations of former wolf & Wilderness managers, Wolf Recovery Foundation & WWP board, staff, and members whose powerful experiences with wolves and the Frank Church wilderness is an inspiration: Read the rest of this entry »