SUBJECT: “Illegal killing of wolves around Yellowstone National Park”
DOCUMENT DESCRIPTION: Lead (Grade 2)
COLLECTION DATE: November 10, 2014
ACTION: Shared with law enforcement.
“Would like to report a fairly large effort of extreme trophy hunters surrounding Yellowstone Park who are targeting, baiting and killing the more famous celebrity wolves out of the park for bragging rights and bounty. Baiting is not only illegal, but this climate is intentional intimidation of the Yellowstone staff and tourists. They have bragged on social media that they intentionally kill the wolves slowly and have posted pictures. (OMITTED). A key player is (OMITTED), who runs (OMITTED). He is a (OMITTED). He boasts of using his prior training to teach wolf hunters how to use GPS technology (illegal) to track the popular research wolves, and then use meat or the sounds of puppies to bait them out of the park to be shot (illegal). The likelihood of a hunter being in the vicinity of a wolf who just wandered a few yards out of the park, in that vast of an area, is not high. Record numbers of celebrity wolves are being brutally killed with pictures going viral on the internet, this is sabotage of the Yellowstone tourist income as well. He targeted (OMITTED). There are many other wolf-hunting sites which brag about poaching and teach others how to do it, called shoot shovel and shut up. They have threatened to do the same to environmentalists. They often brag that they have connections with (OMITTED). They are rarely if ever taken seriously or prosecuted.”
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