Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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As many of you know, wolves are animals dear to my heart.


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The rush to hunt wolves: what is this about?

Photo: Flickr, Richard Bolt

3,500 wolf tags sold in Idaho in three hours yesterday (that’s nearly 20 every second) after the Idaho Fish and Game Department began issuing permits. At $11.75 a pop, that tells volumes about what wolves are worth to the state. Are these people competing with Governor Butch Otter, who roughly two years ago, claimed he wanted to be the first in line to shoot a wolf? By next Tuesday, September 1st, when Idaho’s hunt starts, how many more thousands of tags will be issued to kill 220 wolves in the state-sponsored hunt? (The Nez Perce Tribe has an additional 35 permits-and maybe many more-in a separate tribe-sponsored hunt in Idaho).

Why? How sporting is it to kill a wolf, which looks a lot like a malamute? And why now, since the Northern Rockies population is still just rebounding, after being wiped out (for all intents and purposes) from the landscape until 1995? After spending millions of taxpayer dollars on one of the most successful endangered species recovery efforts in the country, why do we need to kill them now-before they are fully recovered? What’s the rush?

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Author: Valya

Valya Dudycz Lupescu is the author of THE SILENCE OF TREES and STICKS & BONES, as well as the founding editor of CONCLAVE: A Journal of Character. Born and raised in Chicago, Valya received her degree in English at DePaul University and her MFA in Writing as part of the inaugural class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since receiving her MFA, Valya has worked as a college professor, obituary writer, content manager, internal communications specialist, co-producer of an independent feature film, and Goth cocktail waitress.


  1. There’s something very disturbing about this kind of ‘hunt.’ I wouldn’t even call it that.

  2. I can’t open the links above, but what you’ve written here is enough to get me upset. I will see what I can find about this story on the net.
    I just don’t understand why people want to hunt ANY animal. I love wolves too and I don’t see how anyone in their right mind can want to shoot one. Why are people now allowed to hunt them if they were endangered not so long ago?

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