Idaho wolf killer plane gets national attention

A picture of a USDA Wildlife Services airplane decorated by its pilot and gunner with decals of wolf paws to signify kills has shined a spotlight on the agency it would rather avoid.

In fact, the paw prints have been painted over for two years, said Todd Grimm, western district supervisor for the federal agency in Idaho. The agency kills and controls predators including wolves that attack livestock and in some cases big game.

The prints, which look like the kill symbols World War II fighter pilots painted on their planes, were ordered to be removed by agency managers.

“It became apparent it was bothering somebody,” said Grimm.

The picture was put up on the Wildlife News blog and became viral on the Internet.

“I just think the agency is unprofessional,” said Ken Cole, who posted the pictures.

Today Kim Murphy of the Los Angeles Times ran a story and a picture from the blog with reaction from both sides of the issue.

The reaction is predictable. Pro wolf folks hate it, Anti-wolf people love it.

Th hoopla comes as the Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced plans to have aerial gunners kill wolves this winter in the Lolo area of northcentral Idaho. Grimm doesn't know if his agency will participate.

"That was the first I heard of it," he said.

predator plane(Wildlife News)

Now, we're talking!

Show the rest of the country how to get rid of a problem!

Let's put some heat seeking missiles on that baby!

What? No F-23?

Heard at the local airstrip

"Hey, what kind of plane is that?"

"Oh, that's a wolf killer plane."

Show the world

what a backwoods redneck state Idaho is.

Backwoods redneck?

If that were the case, there'd be 10 lifted, big tired full size trucks (accessorized with overhead lights and gun racks), plethora of ATVs (including 3-wheel versions) and Keystones

This is high falutin' cityfied huntin'

Oh right and California is so much better with it's...

gang bangers, welfare cases and mangey wildlife? If Idaho is such a red neck state why are so many Californians moving here?

Maybe it's redneck because

it's so full of Californians who moved here from your wonderful paradise.

So leave...we'll all be

So leave...we'll all be better off.

Except that

Idaho's IQ would undoubtedly drop a couple of points.

Speak for yourself, son.

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Websites: Everytime you get it the way you're comfortable with somebody gives a monkey a rock, bottle and a dollar.

I was born and raised in

I was born and raised in Calif lived inIdaho for 26 yrs back in Cal now . Much prefer Idaho. You have no clue what you are talking aboutand no idea what the wolves are doing to the big game herds and economy. You are the type of person that makes Idahoans HATE Californians.....so stay in your ultra liberal state (where I am stuck at the moment ) and leave the real American states to do their own business

Read more: http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2011/12/15/rockybarker/idaho_wolf_killer_plane_gets_national_attention#comment-402505#ixzz1gelm1R00

Eagle has like 50 million shopping centers stem to stern

Somebody spike your tofu?

The Treasure Valley is the best California you could dream or!

(without valet pedi/manicures of course THESE ARE HARD TIMES)

:-pppppp

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Everybody wants to hue the knurled

Cool

We should use the same concept on the border - shoot to kill.....

Amen!

I agree!

They got there first, padre.

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Websites: Everytime you get it the way you're comfortable with somebody gives a monkey a rock, bottle and a dollar.

Let's see...

Wolf population in the US, 9000+/-. Human population in the US, 311,000,000+. Who's ignorant enough not to see the real problem? Come on, at least let us shoot the poachers... fair's fair.

Posers

I'm all for controlling wolves and, if it needs to be done from the air, so be it. But marking kills on your Piper Cub for bagging wolves? Gimme a break. I'm sorry, but you only get to do that when your target can shoot back at you.

agreed

Truth is hard to come by

Seriously?

Two-year-old news, Rocky? And it's not an "Idaho" wolf killing plane - it's a "USDA" wolf killing plane.

Aiiiiiiie! Now they'll blame Obama for it.

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Everybody wants to hue the knurled

Oh come on now!

Even Lewis and Clark almost starved to death when attempting to cross Lolo pass circa 1804. They had lots of wolves and no game until the Nez Pierce saved the day by feeding the starving team of exploration,fillet of Salmon, from the Snake River. We will need to employ well trained Vets newly returning from Iraq to help with animal management policy. Notches on sniper rifles are a little more subtle and hanging them over a fireplace is better than a airplane parked in some back country airstrip. We, the people of Idaho put wolves in Idaho (we didn't??)never mind, But we the people of Idaho can certainly trap them, ship them to the East and give them to the fine people of DC, Maryland and New York as a symbol of appreciation for all their help in planting these magnificent creatures in our back yards, for us to hug and enjoy as they carry off our family pets. But please don't shoot them when they arrive just let them range Central Park NY and appreciate their magnificent beauty as they adjust, just as they did before the Dutch came to NY.

something

No matter what it is someone will complain, to bad the agency hasn't got the (censored) to tell the whiner to go (censored) off

2006 photo

Did Ken Cole take those photos that he posted? He never did say. And why are they being posted now? Must be a slow news day at Wildlife news. Looking for donations?

According to the LA Times:

"She said the stickers were approved by local Wildlife Services management in Idaho but were removed in 2009 after officials "recognized that they would be considered offensive by some individuals.""

So the stickers were removed in 2009!? Why is this news?

two peas in a pod

Kim Murphy of the LA Times writes like the Rock.

She writes, "U.S. Wildlife Services plane".
There is no such thing as US Wildlife Services.

There is the US Fish & Wildlife Service
And there is the US Dept of Agriculture (APHIS) Wildlife Service.

Splitting hairs?
Not if you work for the USFWS.

Not hairs, wolves.

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Everybody wants to hue the knurled

Professional?

They're advertising their ability and efficiency.
The only thing wrong, is that the decals aren't big enough!

That's because they were getting a paint job, DUB wheels soon

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Everybody wants to hue the knurled

I was born and raised in

I was born and raised in Calif lived inIdaho for 26 yrs back in Cal now . Much prefer Idaho. You have no clue what you are talking aboutand no idea what the wolves are doing to the big game herds and economy. You are the type of person that makes Idahoans HATE Californians.....so stay in your ultra liberal state (where I am stuck at the moment ) and leave the real American states to do their own business

I dont care about Wolves, I care about enough

$$$$ for six pack of oly....

If you want to save the elk population

Ban hunting from 4 wheelers. Elk and wolf will balance their populations, given the chance. If that were not the case, the wolves would have eaten all the elk before white folks settled here.