NEW ANTI-PREDATOR GROUP SPRINGS UP IN IDAHO
"We are the true Conservationists". The Alliance is made of extractive
industry businesses and groups including motorized recreation.
Blue Ribbon Coalition
Idaho Falls, ID
The group claims to represent over 1,100 organization and businesses
with approximately 600,000 members.
The Blue Ribbon’s Web Site states:
"We've united to defend access for motorized recreation nationwide."
"Loggers, miners, and cattlemen work with us to share and preserve our
precious natural heritage. We campaign to replace "user conflict" with
"user cooperation". All recreationists must learn to share trails and
facilities. All must learn acceptance and good manners."
The Blue Ribbon’s site then goes on to say: "To see what our
opponents are saying, see the links below:" "Below" includes a listing
for the Wilderness Society’s Web Site for which the Blue Ribbon Coalition
comments: "[Re.] The Wilderness Society's home page, this stuff is
beyond belief, real live adults are buying into this crap."
For the Sierra Club, BRC has this comment: "Sierra Club's Wildlands
Project, possibly the most dangerous thing the GAGS [Green Activist
Groups] have going."
The Blue Ribbon Coalition is advocating a "Back Country" designation
for public lands, rather than Wilderness. Their Web Site states: "Back
Country would allow responsible use of mtn bikes, trail bikes, SUV's,
snowmobiles, and other mechanized and motorized means that the vast
majority of Americans already have, can afford, and desire to use, while
Wilderness allows only hiking or equestrian use....."
Central anti-Wolf Coalition, Inc.
Stanley ID 83278
Formed in 2000, the anti-Central Idaho Wolf Coalition's "sole objective
is the immediate removal of the Canadian gray wolf from Central Idaho".
Chairman is Stanley resident, Ron Gillette, who formerly owned Triangle C Ranch
Whitewater Float Expedition, a rafting company on the Salmon River. In
2001, Gillette helped convince the Idaho Legislature to pass a resolution
to remove gray wolves from Idaho by "any means possible".
Some of Gillette’s quotes include telling the Idaho Legislature in
February 2001, that federal officials and environmentalists who supported
the wolves were "criminals and liars". He said, "We don’t want one wolf in
Idaho unless it’s in the zoo." (The Idaho Statesman, Feb. 1, 2001
"Coalition vows to drive all wolves out of Idaho"). In May 2002, he told
the Times-News in Twin Falls that some wolf supporters are "kooks who want
to hear wolf howls. Let them buy a tape." On June 14 2000, Gillette told
the Idaho Mountain Express in Ketchum, Idaho, that "The wolves are going
to go, we’re not going to compromise with wolf advocates."
Idaho Farm Bureau
275 Tierra Vista Drive
Pocatello ID 83201 (shipping) or
PO Box 4848
Pocatello ID 83205-4848 (mailing)
In 2001, the Idaho Farm Bureau helped convince the Idaho legislature to
pass a resolution to remove all gray wolves from Idaho by any means
Here’s a sampling of 2003 Idaho Farm Bureau
81. Wolves: "We strongly support removing introduced wolves and
offspring from Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, by utilizing all effective and
practical available control methods."
80. Natural Resources - Endangered Species: "We support revision of the
Endangered Species Act so that the preservation of agriculture practices,
mining and timber is a priority. Threatened or endangered species shall be
given no priority over other uses and/or rights." The policy goes on to
say "we support delisting the wolf with the intent of opening a permit
hunt on wolves".
84. Fish and Game – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Responsibility. The Idaho
Fish & Game Department should not engage in activities that encourage only
non-consumptive uses of Fish & wildlife species in Idaho.
110. Wilderness - "We oppose wholesale dedication of land in Idaho to
the wilderness and roadless areas, and support the release of lands
currently held in wilderness study areas back to multiple use management."
143. Animals Rights - "We oppose the concept that animals have
Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife
SFW claims to be fighting to maintain hunting and fishing rights in
the West, but that's not their only agenda. A video distributed free
at a Boise outdoor show in February 2004, shows scores of hunters
posing with trophy big game animals, then takes on an angry tone
when predators are shown.
One scene graphically shows a woman shooting a beautiful gray wolf,
then walking up and jabbing it with her rifle.
SFW doesn't like Idaho's wildlife license plates either. The SFW web
site has a tirade urging people to not buy these plates because,
among other reasons, SFW claims the "elk wildlife plate supports
predators that are preying on elk."
SFW has been present in Utah for several years and is now organizing
in Idaho. The new Idaho E.D. is former Senator Larry Craig's staffer
United Sportsmen Alliance of Idaho (U.S.A. of ID)
1505 W. Pintail Dr.
Meridian, ID 83642
Anti-wolf, anti-predator group.
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