four idaho Wolves killed in last two months
Over the course of the last two months, four gray wolves have been discovered shot to death in Idaho. In mid-October the first wolf was discovered close to the Gold Fork Park-n-Ski Area in the Boise National Forest north of Idaho City. A second wolf was found in November in the Partridge Creek area in the Payette National Forest near Riggins. A third was discovered in the Council area near Weasel Gulch in the Payette National Forest and a fourth at Mountain Meadow in the Boise National Forest near Stanley. All carcasses have been sent to the National Foresics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon for further analysis.
Suzanne Stone, the Rocky Mountain Field Representative for Defenders of Wildlife, believes that in the case of the wolf found near Idaho City poachers are most likely responsible. "These are animals that have closely bonded families," she said. "And this time of year the pups are learning how to hunt so it's very disruptive to the family unit."
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering rewards of $2,500 per wolf for information leading to an arrest or conviction in any of these cases. Defenders of Wildlife is matching the federal reward with an additional $2,500 for a total of $5,000. Killing an animal protected under the Endangered Species Act is punishable by a fine up to $100,000 and one year in prison. Anyone with information about these killings or others can contact the USFWS Office of Law Enforcement at (208) 378-5333. Callers may remain anonymous.
Idaho congressmen call for ousting of U.N. Head
The ongoing investigation into United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan's son and his involvement with the United Nation's oil-for-food program in Iraq has raised questions in the U.S. Congress over Annan's ability to continue leading the U.N. In question are allegations of fraud and abuse of funds, resulting in $21 billion in illegal revenue for Saddam Hussein since the oil-for-food program began in 1996. While the Bush Administration has declared support for Annan, Republican Idaho Representatives Mike Simpson and Butch Otter have joined over 100 other members of congress who are supporting legislation to withhold 10 percent of the U.S. contribution to the U.N. general fund and calling for Annan's resignation.