Way back in the dark ages, the Bush administration lifted the endangered species protection that had been put on Grey Wolves in the continental U.S. Distressingly, the Obama administration has failed to reinstate it, despite there being only 1,640 wolves in the states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. That’s not a lot of wolves (one for every 200 square miles, to be exact) so please don’t talk to me about brave homesteaders defending their property (besides which, it's always been legal for someone to defend his or her livestock from prey). Hell, I'll let Ashley Judd explain why it's so shitty:
Now, Idaho has said that hunters can kill up to 220 wolves (nearly 25% of the state’s total! WTF?). Hunting season opened yesterday, and the Idaho Statesman has already reported two wolves killed (one of which was lured by a coyote call).
Several animal-rights and pro-wilderness groups have been calling for a boycott of Idaho potatoes, which account for some 1/3 of the potatoes grown in this country. To be really effective though, you’ll have to boycott fries at all fast food places, the biggest destination for Idaho’s spuds.
You can head over to Defenders of Wildlife to sign a letter to Obama asking him to reinstate Endangered Species status... And don’t forget to boycott Idaho beef, and whatever else comes out of that benighted state. (You can share your ire directly with potato officials at Abest@potato.idaho.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org)
And feel free to contact “Butch” Otter, the enlightened governor of Idaho who had this to say on the subject, after buying one of the 70,000 wolf death tags sold in the state: “You can still hate them and respect their cunning and their place in nature.” WHO SERIOUSLY HATES WOLVES?! This is 21st-century America, not 15th-century Romania.