FOUNDATION FOR WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
Ensuring ungulate populations recover in areas negatively impacted by wolves
The Foundation For Wildlife Management is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote ungulate population recovery in areas negatively impacted by wolves, assist State Game management agencies in meeting their wolf management objectives, promote youth in the outdoors, and to educate the general public on the negative impact the successful reintroduction of wolves has had on our ungulate populations.
Managing Wolves is Expensive and Hard Work
F4WM helps hunters and trappers actively manage wolves by reimbursing them for their operational costs. Trappers easily spend thousands of dollars for fuel while continuously checking traps in the back-country. Without their dedication, wolf populations will continue to reach unacceptable levels and ungulate populations will continue to decline.
F4WM also facilitates educational seminars and demonstrations to help educate our membership, and youth, on ethical methods of wolf hunting and trapping. The more knowledge our membership shares with one another the more successful we become at managing our wolf populations. Furthermore, today's youth are the future of wildlife management, and for that reason, F4WM strongly promotes exposure of our youth to hunting, trapping, and other predator management practices.
Our Efficiency is Unmatched
F4WM has removed 1100+ wolves with just over $750,000 membership and sponsor dollars, with zero tax funding. That's less than $700 per wolf, solely funded by Sportsmen and concerned citizens. Without the F4WM program, the Idaho Wolf Control Board, would be charged with removing the same wolves. Their expense to investigate livestock depredations and remove problem wolves averaged $9005 per wolf in 2016, and $8003 per wolf in early 2017, 65% of which has historically been funded by Idaho state tax dollars. 1100 wolves x $9000 per wolf= $9,900,000... 65% Tax funded= $6,435,000 State Tax Dollars potentially saved by implementation of our Wolf Harvest Reimbursement Program.
The Reimbursement Process
The reimbursement request process is quite simple- to request a reimbursement, follow the detailed steps below:
With the help of your membership or donation, F4WM is able to help hunters and trappers offset high operating costs with a reimbursement for each wolf harvested.
Please help us today by joining or renewing your membership! (Auto renew is available)
F4WM Wolfers… Your program needs you, now more then ever…
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission and Idaho Wolf Control Board have called on F4WM to step up our wolf control efforts where they are needed most. Not only are Idaho elk below management objectives in numerous units, but Idaho Ranchers continue to suffer losses due to overabundant wolf populations as well. For those reasons, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission has voted to route $200,000 through the Idaho Wolf Control Board, to increase F4WM program reimbursement amounts as incentive to encourage sportsmen who recreate in Idaho, to get in the woods and help reduce wolf populations where they are causing the most problems.
This is a huge opportunity for sportsmen to prove that our F4WM program is an effective management tool, and we at F4WM are calling on our membership, asking you to step up your game, and prove to the state of Idaho that you have what it takes to get the job done.
As mentioned, this ask does not come without incentive… For the coming season, using the Commission funds routed through the IWCB, F4WM is increasing wolf harvest reimbursement amounts to $2000 per wolf in all units where predators are keeping elk from meeting management objectives, and $2500 in all units where wolves are chronically preying on Livestock. (Priority units/levels selected by IDFG)
The map below shows these units and is color coded to simplify reimbursement layouts for this 2021- 2022 season. Should WCB and Grant funding be depleted prior to end of June 2022, all colored units will be reduced to the previous $1000/$750/$500.
(Please note: Increased reimbursement zone additional funding has been added largely by State agencies. Montana will remain at $500 statewide until which time we are able properly identify needed increased funding units through input from Montana FWP, Commission, and Livestock related industry leadership. We will be working to identify these areas throughout the coming year.)
Two States, One F4WM
With this incentive comes great responsibility… Its important to remember that as wolfers, we are under great scrutiny… With all the legislative work being done to increase our abilities to better manage wolf populations, we are being watched closer now then ever before… It is of the utmost importance that we use our best judgement on when and where we are setting wolf traps… If you think someone will likely see a wolf in a trap your about to set… Please don’t set there. If you think someone walking their dog or out for a Sunday stroll with their family will get their dog caught in the trap your about to set, Please do not set there… Although most bycatch are released unharmed, the last thing we need is conflict with other land-users.
We must also work together as a team, and not squabble over trapping territories… Be kind, courteous, and respectful of one another, as well as of land owners and other land user groups. We must police ourselves and follow the highest ethical standards to maintain a positive reputation as sportsmen, as game managers, and as representatives of our F4WM program. If You see a wolf in a trap that is not yours, do not approach it. Back out of the area immediately and make effort to let the trapper know he has a catch. The more we can help each-other and communicate with one another the higher our overall rate of success will be.
It is important to note that those who intentionally cause drama or conflict will be suspended from reimbursement eligibility indefinitely, depending on the situation. Theft of gear or wolves will not be tolerated, and will be grounds for immediate permanent termination from reimbursement eligibility. It is also a Felony to falsify information on your Check in slip with IDFG, including location of harvest… All suspected fraudulent submittals will be handed over to authorities for investigation and possible DNA sampling. Please do not falsify info or attempt to steal from your own F4WM program- it will end poorly for all of us.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly. Just please be patient as I too will be running gear and making every effort to do my part.
Thank you for all you do for Sportsmen and Wildlife… Thank you for all you do for F4WM… Good luck out there, and please remember – F4WM is counting on you… I am counting on you… Idaho sportsmen are counting on you… Idaho wildlife are counting on you…“Lace up you boots ladies and gentlemen… We’ve got a job to do!”
F4WM Executive Director