I'm not sure if this is completely appropriate to post here, but I want to shoot it up, anyway. I know Whitman has a strong community of bio majors, and many others who may appreciate being updated of this issue. I graduated with a bio degree from Whitman in 03, and have since worked with The Nature Conservancy, The Environmental Careers Organization, the BLM, and the Willamette Humane Society. My most influential experience, however, was with the Wolf Education and Research Center (WERC), in Winchester, ID. I was an intern there for three months last spring, helping care for a captive wolf pack. I was recently informed by my friends at WERC of a drastic measure on the part of the Idaho Fish and Game:
The Idaho Fish and Game is proposing a regulation that would decimate their recently re-introduced gray wolf population. They are considering killing off up to 75% of the wolves in many areas of Idaho, with a reasoning based on the biased results of one or two studies of elk populations. While the science of declining elk populations is a complicated matter, many studies show a variety of likely reasons, and wolf predation is almost always at the bottom of the list. If this is an issue that you care about, please take a few moments to look into it, and to write an email to the Idaho Fish and Game (firstname.lastname@example.org) encouraging them to reconsider this erroneous decision. For more information visit the WERC website, http://www.wolfcenter.org
, and click on the link titled "Help stop this action."