Demand an End to Wolf-Killing Competition

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Target: Bureau of Land Management Idaho State Director Tim Murphy

Goal: Tell the Bureau of Land Management to deny approval for a multi-year predator killing derby

An organization calling itself “Idaho for Wildlife” has requested permission from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to host a multi-year predator slaughter derby on American public lands. The event would take place every winter for five consecutive years, targeting wild animals during their most vulnerable time of the year and awarding cash prizes for the most lives taken. Although the primary targets of this killing spree are the keystone-predator wolves who have only recently been reintroduced to the lower 48 states, hunters would also be allowed to take almost any “predatory” species, such as coyotes, weasels, or skunks.

A derby-style hunt is one in which all participants will be, in the group’s own words, “hunting for as many predators as they are able to harvest in three days”. This is tantamount to mass murder, as there are no take limits to help maintain minimum population levels or allowances for age, size, or fertility of each animal. Holding the event in winter is as additional affront, since wild animals are already weaker due to food scarcity and the harsh cold. They can also be more easily tracked and trapped in deep snow, practices which violate both sanctity of life and “fair chase” ethics. This type of unmitigated, free-for-all killing spree is exactly the kind of extermination tactic that drove wolves in the U.S. to the brink of extinction in the first place.

Besides being ethically outrageous, an unregulated event like this would be a gross misuse of public lands and is incompatible with accepted wildlife management doctrine. Additionally, condoning the mass murder of innocent creatures for fun and spectacle sets a dangerous and malignant precedent for human behavior. Defenders of Wildlife has called this proposal “an inappropriate and unethical commercial contest, set apart from sport hunting or hunting for subsistence”. Let the BLM know that this archaic and inhumane “sport” is morally unacceptable and should not be tolerated, especially on our shared public lands.


Dear Mr. Murphy,

The proposed Predator Derby wolf killing competition is antithetical to scientific wildlife management and would be a gross misuse of public land. Millions of federal dollars have been spent to reintroduce this important apex predator to its former habitat – money that this event would wilfully waste for the sake of morbid entertainment and misdirected anger.

Having already driven wolves to the brink of extinction once, it is our moral obligation to ensure a future for what remains of this iconic American species. Allowing the taking of wolf lives to become a commercial spectacle is a dire threat to the ethic of conservation that preserves the wild lands legitimate hunters depend on. I hope you will stand with us against this archaic and ecologically devastating practice.


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  1. Garth Mills says:

    It would appear that the white trailer trash of America have all migrated to sicko Idaho, look at these mentally retarded bone heads that came up with this idea of sport, if they love killing so much join the military there they will go up against an enemy that will even the odds because they will shoot back then we will if these boneheads from Idaho will still be gung-ho and ready for killing sport as they call it.

  2. Lawrence Scrima says:

    Grey Wolves are the natural, most agreeable way to control Wild Boar, Ungulate and Rodent populations, that destroy crop and flora, as well as spread disease everywhere.! Wolves have been proven to primarily kill sick and old in herds, increase the herd health, prevent them from over-grazing and overpopulating, as well as rodents that can spread diseases. Consider, foxes, coyotes, wolves consume a lot of rodents: mice, rats, prairie dogs, rabbits. Unchecked rodent populations destroy crops and can spread disease outbreaks, e.g., bubonic plague! Don’t repeat past mistakes!!

    1. All dogs are descended from the grey wolf
    2. All wolves originally evolved in North America (now almost extinct in America !)
    3. Wolves have a very positive impact on environment, proven in Yellowstone Park and elsewhere on flora and fauna, kill sick and old in herds, prevent herds from over-grazing
    4. Wolves/dogs helped us evolve and are still helping us to survive
    5. Wolf -First domesticated animal by man, partner in our survival
    Also: Very aggressive Wild Boars , imported from Russia for sport hunting, are increasing exponentially in the USA and are a definite threat to humans, pets livestock, destroy crops and flora, would be best controlled and preyed upon by Grey & Red Wolves in the USA, and are being controlled in Siberia now by Gray Wolves, killing wolves will increase the Russian Wild Boar infestation, now throughout the south in the in USA and spreading north! Killing wolves will increase damages to flora and fauna, as proven at Yellowstone National Park USA, healing now due to the reintroduction of Grey Wolves imported from Canadian for the purpose or restoring wolves to their natural home; now recognized many unforeseen benefits to all flora and fauna in the park, as well as increasing tourism to the park just to see the wolves! Best historic evidence is that the wolf was first tamed by man to become dogs in Russia / China area, do not betray them and dishonor their gift to man, the dog – still man’s best friend and partner in survival! ‘Wolves are also major predators of boars in some areas. Wolves mostly feed on piglets, though adults have been recorded to be taken in Italy, the Iberian peninsula, and Russia. Wolves rarely attack boars head on, preferring to tear at their perineum, causing loss of coordination and massive blood loss. In some areas of the former Soviet Union, a single wolf pack can consume an average of 50–80 wild boars annually’.[46] Wikipedia exert.
    46. Graves, Will (2007). Wolves in Russia: Anxiety throughout the ages. p. 222. ISBN 1-55059-332-3

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