And the wolf behowls the moon

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?

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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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Valya Dudycz Lupescu has been making magic with food and words for more than 20 years, incorporating folklore from her Ukrainian heritage with practices that honor the Earth. She’s a writer, content developer, instructor, and mother of three teenagers. Valya is the author of MOTHER CHRISTMAS, THE SILENCE OF TREES, and the founding editor of CONCLAVE: A Journal of Character. Along with Stephen H. Segal, she is the co-author of FORKING GOOD: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of The Good Place and GEEK PARENTING: What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach Us about Raising a Family (Quirk Books), and co-founder of the Wyrd Words storytelling laboratory. Valya earned her MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her poetry and prose have been published in anthologies and magazines that include, The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Kenyon Review, Culture, Gargoyle Magazine, Gone Lawn, Strange Horizons, Mythic Delirium. You can find her on Twitter @valya and on @valya

2 thoughts on “And the wolf behowls the moon”

  1. traveler64 says:

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

  2. Anonymous says:

    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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