26 Wolves Dead in Combined Hunts

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As Idaho opened the wolf hunt to the entire state,  the death toll stands at 19 dead wolves in Idaho and 7 dead wolves in Montana.  Just more sad news to report.

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Wolf Hunting Season Expands In Idaho

BY DOUG NADVORNICK

Coeur d’Alene, ID  October 1, 2009 4:18 p.m.

Idaho’s first ever wolf season has expanded to the entire state.

During the first month, hunters in selected areas killed 16 wolves.

Jon Rachael from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game says that’s fewer than expected. He says most hunters are just getting out into the field and few of them are targeting wolves exclusively.

Plus, he says, the wolves have proved to be pretty smart prey. 

Jon Rachael: “Overall, the feedback I’ve been getting from hunters is that, ‘oh! This isn’t quite as easy as we thought it might be. We know there are wolves out there. We’re seeing a lot of tracks. We’re hearing wolves howl.’ Just haven’t had the opportunity to get one in their sights.”

Rachael expects the wolf kills to go up dramatically when most of the state’s deer seasons open on October 10. 

Idaho will allow hunters to kill as many as 220 wolves this year, but, at this point, Rachael doubts they’ll get that many.

http://news.opb.org/article/5949-wolf-hunting-season-expands-idaho/

Catagories posted in: Idaho wolf hunt, Montana Wolf Hunt, Wolves Under Fire

Tags: Idaho wolf hunt, Montana wolf hunt, wolf intolerance

Published in: on October 1, 2009 at 10:46 pm  Comments (2)  
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Three Legged Wolves

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The US Fish and Wildlife Services in New Mexico is being heralded as heroes because they didn’t kill two three legged Mexican gray wolves for preying on five cows. Yes, I did say three-legged wolves. Both alphas lost their left front legs. Alpha female AF861, lost her leg to a gunshot wound, that case is still being investigated.

Alpha male AM871 lost his limb to a leg hold trap. This breeding pair is the  VERY ENDANGERED Middle Fork Pack, who live in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico, that is HEAVILY GRAZED  by cattle. In spite of their handicaps they’ve managed to hunt and raise pups.  Amazing animals!

I do have compassion for the cattle, it’s not their fault they’re grazing there. But wolves are opportunistic predators and with cattle carcasses scattered around, wolves can still get in trouble and killed for scavenging on them.  This isn’t hard to figure out, it’s a human caused situation and it needs to be remedied!.

Michael Robinson of  the Center for Biological Diversity states:

“Lackadaisical Forest Service management, severe grazing during drought, trespass stock, and scattered carcasses of cattle that died of non-wolf causes which draw wolves in to scavenge, all guarantee continued conflicts between wolves and livestock,” pointed out Robinson.

“Preventing conflicts with livestock on the national forests makes more sense than scapegoating endangered wolves once conflicts begin,” said Robinson.”

The Beaverhead area has a history of wolves scavenging on carcasses of cattle that they had not killed, and then subsequently beginning to hunt live cattle. This spring, the Center for Biological Diversity documented sixteen dead cattle, none of them with any signs of wolf predation, within a few miles of the Middle Fork’s den site.

Independent scientists have repeatedly recommended that owners of livestock using the public lands be required to remove or render unpalatable (as by lime, for example) the carcasses of cattle and horses that die of non-wolf causes — such as starvation, disease or poisonous weeds — before wolves scavenge on them and then switch from preying on elk to livestock. No such requirements have been implemented.”

This Mexican gray wolf  breeding pair (Mexican gray wolves number only 52 animals in all of Arizona and New Mexico) narrowly missed a death sentence because the government continues to allow cattle to graze on our public lands and punish wolves for doing what any predator would do.

Isn’t it time to  limit the grazing leases on our public lands?  Why are cattle allowed to degrade and trample a national forest?  Why aren’t ranchers held accountable for the security of their investment instead of using the federal government as their own private wolf extermination service?  These questions need to be asked and answered.

The Mexican gray wolf , one of the most endangered animals in North America, is being subjected to a ridiculous situation, surrounded by cattle,  yet expected to casually ignore them. Even so, these wolves show amazing restraint with only 4.2% of their diet consisting of livestock.  Are the wolves to blame for this situation or the ranchers?  Who is putting out leg-hold traps?

The wolves were spared in August but what happens when the next conflict comes, as it surely will?  When is this going to stop?

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Mexican Wolf Pack Spared from Removal
Author: Center for Biological Diversity
Published on Aug 29, 2009 – 6:52:18 AM

http://yubanet.com/usa/Mexican-Wolf-Pack-Spared-from-Removal_printer.php

Categories posted in: Mexican gray wolf,  biodiversity, wolves under fire   Tags: wolf recovery, wolves or livestock

Published in: on October 1, 2009 at 10:54 am  Comments (4)  
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