Friday, July 04, 2008

$50K for identifying the sickos who shoot wolves

The Fish and Wildlife Service reported yesterday three Mexican wolves have been confirmed dead due to illegal shooting so far in 2008. [You've got to love the level of discourse in the comment section on these kinds of stories.]

Conservation groups and the US Fish and Wildlife Service are offering a combined reward of $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the SOBs who shoot Mexican gray wolves. That's more than three times the per capita income of Catron County, and nothing to sneeze at.

More information can be found here.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

50k to convict a wolf mutt killer....what a complete waste of money...Yet another reason NOT to contribute money to these cons. groups....Will be interesting to see who gets the first reward...probably a couple buddies...one shoots the wolf and pays a small fine...his buddy turns him in and they split the reward money....
Brilliant plan morons.....

Lozen said...

Since the reward money will be doled out as part of an investigation, and the fines and jail time are greater than the reward, it is unlikely that anyone will successfully conspire to carry out the scenario that Anonymous posits.

I can think of lots of reasons to NOT give money to conservation groups myself- glossy magazines, frequent mailings, and worthless (and seemingly endless) "collaboration" - but the wolf reward would be money well spent. (And, btw, has already worked brilliantly as an incentive.)

Anonymous said...

Can you provide some names of those who have spent time in jail for ill. killing of wolves...I've found several that have recieved fines....50k might be about right to put a rapist behind bars....but somebody who kills a wolf mutt...EXCESSIVE and a poor use of resources!!!!!

Lozen said...

Dear Anonymous,

Your use of "wolf mutt" suggests to me that you might have some misinformation about the wolf recovery program. If Mexican wolves were not a valid subspecies, they would not qualify for protection under the ESA. Better scientists than you or I have already done that analysis, and, let's face it, if the feds could wiggle out of this program, they would.

As for the use of resources, well... how about the minimum of $123 MILLION every year that we (the taxpayers) put into propping up the livestock industry? If conservation groups want to join forces to offer a substantial reward for finding wolf killers, that's their prerogative. Unless you support one of those groups, you really don't have a dog in the fight, do you?

Or do you?

Thanks for playing, Anonymous.

begreen said...

it's probably not that bad a deterrent either.

Anonymous said...

Lozen,
I support a group that is offering bounties to ranchers who legally kill mutts....i guess my dog is on the other side of the fence....

The playing has just begun......

Lozen said...

Dear Gameboy in Washington State,

While you may think that your lies are acceptable, we here at Demarcated Landscapes do not. If you really belong to an organization that offers bounties on wolves, feel free to email details to demarcatedlandscapes@yahoo.com, and be sure to cc the criminal investigators at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Or we could also forward the information.

You should know that we use site meter and have all the salient details of your employment, location, and computer ISP. If you continue being a menace on this site, we could certainly have your threats investigated.

Goodbye.

Anonymous said...

Lozer...
Would you mind citing the statute prohibiting private groups from paying bounties to those who legally kill wolves....
And you may want to tweek your site meter...If you think im from Wash.

Lozen said...

Dear Mr. Friendly Skies,

While it is unfortunately no longer a criminal act to kill a wolf in the act of depredating one's livestock in the northern Rockies, paying a bounty on such an act would seem to serve as an incentive. If the monetary reward were to entice someone into baiting wolves and then killing them, for example, that would constitute an illegal killing and the persons enticing the actors would also be held accountable.

Again, if you think that the "group" to which you allegedly belong is paying bounties, and you believe this is a legal act, please do forward along the contact information of the organization.