undersigned, strongly oppose the proposed new rule allowing the use of baiting
to trophy hunt wolves in Idaho.
Baiting violates the fair chase standard of ethical
hunting and gives unfair advantages to trophy hunters. While we understand the
hunting of prey for food, the use of bait is unethical, unrepresentative of
Idaho values and
has no place on our public lands. The vast majority of Americans oppose any form of trophy
hunting. Many other states like Colorado have banned baiting of any wildlife for
Baiting has severe negative consequences for people
and ecosystems by:
- concentrating animals and increasing the spread of
- habituating wolves to human sources of food and thus
increasing the likelihood that people will conflict with wildlife;
- endangering companion animals that may be attracted
to bait sites where wolves are feeding.
Evidence-based decision-making about the wildlife,
which is held in the public trust and occur mostly on our public lands,
requires that we manage wildlife according to appropriate scientific and
ethical principles. The only reason to allow baiting is to make it easier for
trophy hunters to slaughter native carnivores and make money from the selling
of wolf hunting permits. These reasons are rooted in greed and
short-sightedness, not ecology or ethics.
For the long-term management of our public lands and
the wildlife that thrive on them, please vote no on the proposed rule to allow
wolf baiting in Idaho.
photo: Sam Parks