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Published:August 28th, 2010 23:14 EST
They are Gassing Wolf Pups and Killing Packs from Helicopters in Idaho

They are Gassing Wolf Pups and Killing Packs from Helicopters in Idaho

By SOP newswire2

Killing entire wolf packs from helicopters. Gassing helpless pups in their dens. Surgically sterilizing alpha wolf pairs after killing off their families.

It`s all part of a disturbing plan to escalate wolf killing in the Northern Rockies by Wildlife Services -- the federal agency that helped exterminate wolves last century. We need your help to stop them.

Please donate now to stop the federal plan to brutally kill more protected wolves in the Northern Rockies and help us ensure a lasting future for these persecuted animals and other wildlife.

Thanks to the generous support of people like you, Defenders won our court battle to restore federal protections for wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies. But the danger to these wolves is still very real.

The Department of Agriculture`s Wildlife Services program now wants to help Idaho officials kill off entire packs from helicopters. They are proposing to use poisonous gas to kill newborn pups and their mothers in dens. And they want to surgically sterilize alpha wolf pairs1 -- a practice never before used for other endangered wildlife.

It`s an outrageous plan that must be stopped.

With your compassionate support, we can stop the Wildlife Services plan and save the lives of wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies.

The Wildlife Services plan to escalate the killing of protected wolves is just the latest threat to these magnificent animals.

Idaho officials continue to push their plan to kill up to 80 percent of the wolves in the central part of the state.2 Wyoming continues to pursue its shoot-on-sight wolf plan.3 And anti-wolf extremists are even prepared to take matters into their own hands by offering instructions on how to illegally poison wolves.4

Please donate now to help Defenders save these wolves.

The terrible Wildlife Services plan contains some of the most brutal and least effective ways to manage wolves -- and can even cause more conflicts between ranchers and these magnificent animals.

But it doesn`t have to be this way.

More than 55,000 caring Defenders supporters have already spoken out against the outrageous Wildlife Services plan. And our staff is fighting to make sure it won`t be implemented.

Defenders is working hard on the ground -- and taking the lead where Wildlife Services should be: successfully working with ranchers in Idaho, Oregon and Montana using non-lethal methods to keep wolves -- and livestock -- out of harm`s way.

We`re countering extreme anti-wolf rhetoric and misinformation in the media, mobilizing tens of thousands of activists from across the country and fighting in court to overturn a Bush-era rule that makes it easier to kill federally protected wolves in the Northern Rockies.

Our wolves need your help to survive. Please donate now to support our important work.

Rodger Schlickeisen
Defenders of Wildlife