Drops gassing of pups in their dens and sterilization but continues heavy handed killing of wolves.
Public Comments accepted until January 3, 2011
In anticipation of Monday’s federal court hearing of a case brought by Western Watersheds Project, Wildlife Services has revised its Idaho Wolf Environmental Assessment. While the new EA drops gassing of wolf pups in their dens and use of sterilization, the preferred alternative does not consider exhaustive use of non-lethal methods to prevent wolf conflicts by intimating that it would be too expensive for ranchers to use proper animal husbandry techniques to avoid such conflicts.
Wildlife Services [sic], formerly Animal Damage Control, is an agency under the Department of Agriculture which responds to wildlife threats to agriculture. They are not related to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is under the Department of Interior and who manages endangered species, enforces the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and manages National Wildlife Refuges.
We all know who the real constituents of Wildlife Services are. They are ranchers who feel entitled to government subsidies and a predator free environment. Public lands ranchers feel especially entitled to a predator free landscape even while opposing increases to grazing fees by claiming that they should remain at $1.35 per month for a calf/cow pair because grazing on public landscapes entails more risk because of predators. They want Wildlife Services to conduct expensive, taxpayer subsidized predator control which involves anything from aerial gunning of any number of predators to use of poison to preemptively kill coyotes and other predators. That’s called double dipping and sets up a moral hazard where ranchers feel they can behave differently in face of a risk to their livestock because the general public is forced to endure the costs of controls conducted by Wildlife Services.
The new EA is available for comment until January 3, 2011.
NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY -IDAHO: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Wildlife Services (WS) has issued a revised environmental assessment (EA) which evaluates issues and alternatives related to conducting gray wolf damage management in Idaho. The EA analyzes potential environmental effects of a proposed program to protect livestock and other domestic animals, wild ungulates, and human safety using a variety of approved methods in an integrated, adaptive management approach.
A copy of the EA can be obtained by accessing the below hyperlink:
Copies are also available on CD or hard copy and can be obtained by contacting:
Idaho WS State Office
9134 W. Blackeagle Drive
Boise, Idaho 83709
telephone: (208) 378-5077
fax: (208) 378-5349
OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
Written public comments will be accepted through January 3, 2011 and
can be submitted by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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To be most useful, comments should be as specific as possible, and include factual information or refer to credible information which supports the comments. For questions or requests for additional information, please contact the Idaho WS State Office (contact information above).