“Wilderness Wolf Watchers” Act to Protect Wolves & Wilderness
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.
Now, a number of additional conservation groups are jumping on to challenge the Frank Church/wolf/helicopter-landing part of the lawsuit including:
I hope you’ll take a look at the motion and brief filed yesterday :
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:
Former USFS Wilderness Manager : Thomas Kovalicky Declaration
Former USFWS Wolf Recovery Coordinator : Roy Heberger Declaration
Wildlife Biologist : James Peek Declaration
Wolf Recovery President & WWP Board Member: Ralph Maughan Declaration
WWP Board President: Kelley Weston Declaration
WWP Data Specialist: Dale Grooms Declaration
WWP NEPA Coordinator: Kenneth Cole Declaration
The oral arguments on this motion will be held in front of Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill on February 18, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.