Update:70,000 permits to kill wolves in Idaho

70,000 Guns Target Idaho’s wolves. Hundreds of Wolves Will Die

Guns surround a dead wolf (composite)

This year, state officials estimate that they will issue 70,000 permits to kill as many as 220 of the 1,000 wolves in Idaho. Even more wolves could die.

Late yesterday we filed an emergency motion in court to stop the Idaho wolf hunt. Will you help support our fight?

YES! I want to help save these wolves and other imperiled wildlife with my donation of…


Radio Button (unchecked) $25
Radio Button $47 – The cost of four in-state wolf hunting permits
Radio Button (unchecked) $70  – One dollar for every 1,000 wolf hunting permits to be issued
Radio Button (unchecked) $220 – The official number of wolves to be shot in year’s hunting season alone
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Stop the Idaho Wolf Hunt

Help support emergency legal action to stop Idaho’s fall wolf hunt!

In just three days, state officials in Idaho will begin selling some 70,000 permits to shoot and kill up to 220 of the 1,000 wolves living in Idaho — and that’s just this year!

Unless we stop them, hundreds of defenseless wolves will be killed. Orphaned wolf pups that are unable to hunt for themselves will be left to starve to death during the brutal winter months. Sadly, these wolf mothers, fathers and pups have no idea that they’re about to be targeted and no way to protect themselves.

Please help us stand up for these animals and STOP IDAHO’S DEADLY WOLF HUNT.

Thanks to generous Defenders supporters — people who care about animals like you do — our lawyers filed an emergency motion late yesterday to stop these deadly wolf hunts. It will be a difficult legal fight against rich groups like Safari Club International, and we need your support to win for wolves.

Please donate whatever you can today to support our efforts to save these wolves.

Idaho officials have announced they plan to allow hunters to target the 1,000 wolves in Idaho, shooting and killing up to 220 wolves during this hunting season alone.

More than 500 wolves could be killed over the next two years under the state’s wolf plan. But the true results of the state’s plans may be even worse, leading to mass death for Idaho’s wolves, including those leaving the safety of Yellowstone National Park:


  • When wolf parents are shot during the fall, some pups will be too young to feed themselves and will likely starve to death — assuming those pups are not shot themselves.
  • Idaho Fish & Game estimates that it will issue an estimated 70,000 permits to hunt and kill up to 220 wolves, even though there are only about 1,000 wolves in the entire state of Idaho!  
  • The state legislature has declared that it wants to remove all wolves from the state “by whatever means necessary” and Governor Butch Otter has declared he wants to be the first one to buy a ticket to shoot a wolf. He literally howled with delight when Interior Secretary Ken Salazar eliminated Endangered Species Act protections for wolves.  

It’s unbelievable. We have to stop it.


We’ve won for wolves in court before because of the compassionate support of caring people like you, and we can do it again.

Last year, Defenders of Wildlife helped convince a federal judge to stop the wolf killing and restore life-saving federal protections for wolves in the Northern Rockies. Unbelievably, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar decided to adopt the discredited and illegal path charted by the Bush administration and strip wolves in the Northern Rockies of vital federal protections — a decision we’re now challenging in federal court.

Please donate now to help us save the lives of hundreds of wolf mothers, fathers and pups in Idaho.

For the Wild Ones,

Rodger Schlickeisen Rodger Schlickeisen, President Signature
Rodger Schlickeisen
Defenders of Wildlife

P.S. 70,000 guns trained on these helpless animals.  With your help, we can fight to prevent it. Please make a secure donation online today to help support our legal fight and other efforts to save wildlife or call 1-800-385-9712 to contribute over the phone.


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One response to this post.

  1. What a tragedy! 😦


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