10-14 SS WA Wolf Kill
A wolf kill. The Spokesman Review recently printed a story suggesting that the federal wildlife agencies were investigating a female wolf who was shot and killed on September 20. The paper said that the Wolf was shot by hunters who were after either elk or deer near Harts Pass. It was not clear whether or not the wolf kill was intentional or an accident. It is amazing that in the state of Washington that is news worthy of being covered in the newspaper. We have done countless stories on wolves being hunted in Idaho with rather interesting statistics suggesting that even though 11,000 permits have been issued, only three or 400 wolves have been killed each year over the last several years. But I digress. In an effort to get more of the story, I called U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesman Doug Zimmer. And this is where I love our government. The states of Oregon and Washington can’t agree with the state of Idaho regarding hunting these so-called endangered species. But then our president doesn’t get along with the Senate or Congress and so Doug Zimmer couldn’t be reached for comment. Here’s why. “Hi you have reached voice mail for Doug Zimmer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. due to a lapse in appropriations, I am available to take your call. I will return to my office once federal funding has been restored. Please leave a message at the time and I will return your call when I am back in the office. Thank you and goodbye.” The real endangered species here? Americans.