$10,000 Reward Offered for Information on Wolf Pup Killers
BREAKING NEWS —- IDAHO
The Center for Biological Diversity is offering a reward of more than $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for illegally killing wolf pups after removing them from their den in northern Idaho near the town of Coeur d’Alene.
“Pulling young wolf cubs from their den and killing them is repulsive,” said Andrea Santarsiere, a staff attorney at the Center. “Coming on the heels of a protected grizzly bear being killed last month, it’s a stark reminder that Idaho’s still-recovering populations of big carnivores are at constant threat from poachers.”
“Sadly, these poaching incidents reflect what a growing body of research is making more and more clear — that allowing extensive hunting and trapping of wolves has not increased social tolerance for them, as the state predicted,” said Santarsiere. “Instead we’re seeing evidence that state-supported hunts of big carnivores actually devalue them among a certain segment of the population, and in fact likely trigger an increase in illegal killings.”
Fish and Game officers are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Citizens Against Poaching Hotline, (800) 632-5999. Callers may remain anonymous.
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Wolf photo courtesy of Tom Mangelsen.