Conservation groups say Idaho trapping violates state laws
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — A rhetorical, and ideological war over wolves in the northern Rockies intensified last week with the internet posting of photos suggesting that a trapped wolf was tortured before being killed, with the involvement of U.S. Forest Service personnel.
Following the official de-listing of wolves as an endangered species, hundreds of the predators have been slaughtered in the northern Rockies under state wolf management plans aimed at reducing populations to a bare minimum.
Wildlife advocates are not exactly pleased with the direction of those state plans, and the recent flare-up over the wolf trapped in Idaho seems to reinforce their arguments that the quest to kill wolves is based on a pathological fear and hatred of the predators. (more…)