It’s Finally Over…The Seven Month Long Idaho Wolf Hunt Ends Today!!

Some good news for Idaho wolves. The harrowing seven month long Idaho wolf hunt finally ends today. 

Pregnant alphas (mothers) are returning to their dens to whelp. Thank god they won’t have to worry about being shot while giving birth.  

The misguided Idaho hunt was set to end on December 31, 2009  but the IDFG commssioners voted to extend the hunt to March 31, 2010, an unheard of amount of time for any animal to be hunted, especially one just off the endangered species list. AND it extended through wolf breeding season. 

The quota to kill 220 Idaho wolves was not reached but they weren’t far off the mark.  186 wolves lost their lives to hunters bullets. I mourn all wolves killed in the Idaho and Montana hunts and the wolves who died at the hands of Wildlife Services.

500 wolves died in the Northern Rockies in 2009 and unless Judge Molloy relists them, 2010 will be an even harsher year for wolves. All hope lies with him.

For now we can be grateful for this little bit of good wolf news.

Posted in: Idaho wolves, gray wolf/ canis lupus

Tagss: Idaho wolf hunt, wolves in the crossfire, denning wolves, whelping, seven month long wolf hunt, wolf persecution

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  1. Thanks God it ended! But many lives were lost, no matter what. And with Wildlife Services still around…

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    • Yes Loua…unfortunately wolves will still be under the gun by Wildlife Services. A never ending cycle of violence against wolves.

      N.

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  2. Thank god for some good news at last. I’ll take whatever we can get. We need to step up and let Judge Molloy hear from all of us Wolf Advocates. Wildlife Services should be just that, a service to protect, not slaughter.

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  3. This is good news, but I am afraid if there is another hunting season anytime soon, Idaho fish and game have said they will bring out new tools from the toolbox like trapping and perhaps aerial gunning. There is also talk about allowing hunters to shoot wolves instead of one. I hope they get relisted.

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    • Jon…If wolves aren’t relisted hell will reign down on them. I can’t even contempate what they will be up against. I don’t think wolves should ever have been removed from the protection of ESA, the states are incapable of looking out for their interests. They just “manage:” for two interests groups: elk hunters and ranchers. Sad.

      N.

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  4. My mistake, I meant allowing hunters to purchase multiple wolf tags.

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  5. Good news that took all year to get here! It has been a LONG winter of waiting for this needless slaughter to end. What irrational thinking IDFG has.

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  6. I attended the press conference this morning at the Idaho Fish and Game offices. There were several TV crews there filming and asking quetions. IDFG said that they are planning on reducing the number of wolves to 519 starting next fall. They will have a meeting in August to set seasons and hunt quotas.

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    • Gosh! They are thirsty for more blood! (literally)
      Thanks for the info.

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    • Larry, good for you for being a presence there. Of course we are expecting IDFG to killl lots of wolves if they aren’t relisted. It will be slaughter.

      I do believe Molloy will relist them on the Wyoming issue. Hopefully it won’t be a narrow decision only on Wyoming but will include connectivity of the three sub-populations. Yellowstone wolves numbers have dropped below 100 and are basicaly living on an island.

      N.

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      • That is truly disgusting Larry. Some say there are 1500 wolves in Idaho, but no one knows for certain. There are a min of 843 wolves in Idaho according to Idaho fish and game. If they infact do want to reduce the # of wolves to 519, 1000 or a little less depending on the # of wolves currently in Idaho will lose their lives.

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  7. As much as I am glad it is over,I am not comfortable with the next season looming.It is going to be a long,hard fight. For the wild ones.

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    • Rita,
      I’m trying not to think of what will happend to wolves if they aren’t relisted. I do believe they will be and I’m sending as much positive energy as I can in that direction.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  8. The media will simply call it ‘the end of the controversial wolf hunt’. 500 lives killed because of people being stupid and full of themselves. I mean *who cares about the crucial study packs wiped out and 15 years of hard work gone down the drain? I bet that wolf skin on the wall has made many a wolf hater/sport hunter hold the animal in a higher regard.
    (*sarcasm)

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    • John,
      Those people disgust me. May there be a special place in hell for them.

      N.

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  9. Let the crowing begin!
    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2010/mar/31/first-wolf-hunting-season-success-official-says/

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    • John,
      That’s one of the reasons I didn’t quote any of the local papers because I couldn’t find one that wasn’t putting a positive spin on killing 186 innocent animals. That’s really something to celebrate? What planet are these people from?

      N.

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      • What is most laughable is that both Montana and Idaho have proclaimed their hunts a success the exact day that the hunts were over. “Ready and able to manage wolves” HAH! Have they really gotten so slack in the head that they believe their numerous transgressions with grey wolves and the ESA in general have gone unnoticed? There was no ecological emergency, there was no devastation of livestock, there was no public safety issue. The only reason left for starting this is allowing people to kill wolves and the F&Gs were successful there, but that’s all that mattered to them through all this.
        I wouldn’t put it past them that they’ve been planning this since day one.

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      • John you hit the nail on the head. There is absolutley no justification for the current assault on wolves. They have done nothing to deserve this. I’m waiting to see what Molloy does but we have to speak out and continue to speak out about this. Write letters, make phone calls, send emails. Obviously things will radically change if Molloy relists wolves. That will take the hunts off the table but they can still go after them with Wildlife Services. Molloy has to be watching what’s going on. He has to know the states are becoming more aggressive and unreasonable. How are wolves going to continue to exist, let alone recover when the states are planning on reducing their populations by hundreds of wolves? Yellowstone wolf numbers are below 100 with only six breeding pairs left. The Druids are gone. This is a nightmare.

        N.

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  10. Thank you for writing this. I didn’t realize the hunt ended today and it was a relief to find your post . . . even if, as others have suggested, it just wasn’t soon enough. The prospect of next season looms large, I realize. Thank you for your diligent support of these incredible animals. Relisting the wolves is the only acceptable resolution in my mind. It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that, after all of these centuries, humans still resort to the misguided policies of eradication where
    non-human predators are concerned.

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    • Your welcome Ingrid. It seems we’re all just sitting and waiting to hear from Judge Molloy. But we can still write Montana FWP, Idaho Fish and Game, the local newspapers and protest the upcoming assault on wolves. We can be proactive and not just let this happen without speaking out. The states have become emboldened because they hear nothing from the bench and are planning all the horrible wolf killing for this year as if there will be no ruling on the delisting lawsuit. Its’ very scary how arrogant they’ve become.

      N.

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  11. I am more afraid of what is going to happen next season than what happened this last hunting season Nabeki. Given the fact that they want to kill many many wolves and they want to use trapping and using wolf calling devices among other things, I am afraid for the wolves this next upcoming hunting season if it does happen. I hope they get relisted. I am 100% against hunting wolves and other predators.

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    • John..this is agony watching what the states are doing. Montana is going on a PR blitz, feeding newspapers stories about rancher sob stories when nothing has changed. Wolves killed 97 cows in Montana out of a population of six million in the Northern Rockies. How can any rancher go broke losing 97 cows out of the thousands of ranches there must be in this state. It’s a propoganda campaign to back up the killing of wolves for two interest groups: ranchers and elk hunters. The longer this drags on the worse it gets.

      N.

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  12. DEAR NABEKI!I READ ALL COMMENTS AND I HAVEN’T FIND WORDS TO EXPLAIN WHAT I FEEL…MY HEART IS SO HEAVY BY SADNESS.I THINK,JOHN IS RIGHT WHAT HE WROTE.WHAT I CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY EXTENDED THE HUNT 3 MONTHS MORE IN IDAHO?!I’M VERY PESSIMIST ABOUT WOLVES…SO SORRY NABEKI,BUT I REALLY THINK WOLVES NEVER WILL LIVE IN PEACE,NEVER!EVERYWHERE ON THIS WOLD, EVERYWHERE,HUMAN HATE THIS WONDERFUL, MARVELLOUS ANIMAL!MY DREAM(I’M LIKE THE CHILD),TO TAKE ALL WOLVES FROM THIS BAD WORLD WITH ME AND GO TO FIND NEW WORLD…ONLY FOR THE WILDLIFE ANIMALS AND FOR TO HUMAN WHO LIKE WILDLIFE ANIMALS!SWEET DREAM! DEAR NABEKI,DID YOU READ THE BIBLE?SORRY,IF I WRITE JUST NOW ABOUT IT,WE ARE NEAR TO EASTER,BUT I MUST!THE WOLF’S BIBLE…FROM WHERE CAME THE BIG BAD WOLF??? FROM THE WEST EUROPE. FROM THE BIBLE.IN WEST EUROPE FROM MANY MANY CENTURYS AGO FOR THE SIMPLE PEOPLES HAVE HAD ONLY THE BIBLE.IN THE CHURCH ON THE WEEKLY RELIGIUS SERVICE THE PRIEST READ FROM THE BIBLE. WHAT SYMBOL IS IT THE POOR WOLF IN THE BIBLE??? SYMBOL OF THE VICIOUSNESS, VILENESS, EVIL, BLOODTHIRSTY,GREEDY,GRASPING DUKES’S SYMBOL!IN THE BIBLE EVERYBODY CAN FIND THAT:”EZEKIEL PROPHET’S BOOK,2,27″. “THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEAUX 7,15″ .JESUS ATTACKED WOLVES LOT OF TIMES.HE SAID THAT: THE WOLF IS THE SYMBOL OF THE BAD.”THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JANUS 10,12.” JESUS SAID THAT:THE FAKE PROPHETS ARE THE WOLVES.”THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEAUX 6,15 “.BUT THE MORE BAD WHAT JESUS SAID TO THE 12 APOSTLES ABOUT THE WOLVES. “THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEAUX 10,12″.”THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUCAS 10,3”.ONLY ONE,SAINT-FRANCOIS D’ASSIS WHO DEFENDED THE WOLF!I’M CATHOLIC…THE TRUTH IS THAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH DEMONIZED WOLF.THIS IS INDISPUTABLE!I WAS SHOCKED WHEN I KNEW THAT!I CHOICED FROM I TRYING DEFEND WOLVES…IT WAS HARD!BUT I KNOW MY CHOICE IS FOR ALL MY LIFE!I CAN’T TOGETHER:WOLF AND CHURCH.I’M LIKE THIS. OF COURSE,I STILL SAY THAT: I CAN GIVE MY LIFE FOR SAVE SOME WOLF PACK!THIS IS MORE IMPOTANT LIKE MY RELIGION!THE HUMANITY MUST LET WOLVES LIVE IN PEACE!!!!! STOP THE NIGHTMARE!!!!!!!! STOPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

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    • Agnes….You are right the wolf has been demonized in religion and European culture long before the settlers came to this country. There are no many negative surrounding wolves. Think of all the werewolf movies. The negative fairy tales about wolves. But I do think that from all the hatefulness there is also good. There are people that care dearly about this animal, the problem is they are not the ones in power and that’s what we have to change.

      Keep the faith. Things will turn around. I truly believe that. I know this is a corny statement but “It’s always darkest before the dawn” With the sweep of a pen Judge Molloy can stop the hunts in the Northern Rockies and all the plans for increased hunting quotas and more dead wolves will go away. Wildlife Services will still be around to kill wolves and that’s a tragedy but the hunts will stop. That’s what we have to pin our hopes on right now.

      N.

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      • Nabeki, do you believe that Molloy is or has been told of Idaho’s plans to reduce their wolf population down to eventually 120 or around this number? He needs to know this before deciding whether or not to relist wolves.

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      • Jon,
        I know Judge Molloy is aware of what is going on, he must. He lives in this area and would be blind if he didn’t hear and read everything that’s been happening this past year. BUT it’s his job to stick to the case at hand and rule on the law. I think we have a very good case. Wyoming has not relented. They still want to keep wolves predator status in most of the state. Clearly that cannot stand. You can’t separate out one subpopulation of wolves, as the USFWS did, by cutting out Wyoming. Wolves don’t read signs or follow boundary lines. This alone is enough reason for Judge Molloy to relist wolves.

        Secondly, there must be connectivity between the three sub-populations and this is where the reduction of wolf numbers that you talked about comes in. Yellowstone wolf numbers are already below one hundred animals from a high of 174 wolves in 2003. There are only six breeding pairs left in Yellowstone. The famous Druids are for all intents and purposes gone. Yellowstone wolves are on an island and will become inbred if they don’t have genetic mixing or fresh genes injected into their population. How can this happen when they dare not venture outside the park for fear of being shot? I also believe Idaho and Montana wolf populations have been fragmented by the hunts. Alphas were killed, packs disbanded. Reducing wolf numbers to extremly low levels will only exacerbate the problem of inbreeding and fragmentation, The only thing the state game agencies do is count numbers of wolves, they aren’t examining the impact of the hunts on pack structure. I believe Judge Molloy will factor all of this into his decision and we will see wolves relisted by this summer. That’s my prediction.

        N.

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  13. I’M DAMNING ALL WOLVES KILLER ON THIS BAD WORLD!!!

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    • Hey the world isn’t that bad, there are good people here too. Ones that aren’t necessarily named but they do their part, the folks over in Africa immunising children and building schools risking everything including their lives just to aide in providing other people a future. People that volunteer at homeless shelters, those that go around hospitals and aged care facilities bringing a little bit of happiness to others. The ones that care for orphaned or injured wildlife.

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  14. Nabeki, look at this:
    http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?ID=2005113772
    EVEN RMEF’s scientists DENY that wolves are decimating elk herds!

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    • Hi Loua,
      The elk decimation issue is another red herring to demonize wolves. Yes the elk herd has been affected in parts of Idaho and Montana but wolves are just one factor. The Rocky Mounain Elk Foundation 2009 press release tells the story.
      April 27, 2009
      Elk Population Reflects Success of RMEF’s First 25 Years
      Conservation Group Celebrates New Data on Milestone Anniversary

      http://www.rmef.org/NewsandMedia/NewsReleases/2009/ElkPopulations.htm

      Elk are doing just fine and the point wolf advocates have to push back on is this: Why are elk more important then wolves? Why is the welfare of elk discussed ad nauseum when wolves are given short shrift? The state game agencies have made ungulate numbers their main priority to please the people that buy the hunting licenses and bring money to their agencies. I think it would be a great idea if Wildlife Watchers paid a fee into wildlife management. Maybe then we’d have a voice in what is going on. Frankly, even though I love elk and think they’re beautiful animals, I’m sick of worrying about hunters and elk. Wolves should be the priority, after all they’re the animals that just came off the Endangered Species List. But as you can see the states don’t want to protect wolves they want to reduce their populations as much as possible. I always knew the states couldn’t manage wolves properly and now they’re proviing it

      Loua it’s all about money and power. I did a piece on this about a week ago.

      State Wildlife Management: The Pervasive Influence of Hunters, Hunting, Culture, and Money

      https://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/state-wildlife-management-the-pervasive-influence-of-hunters-hunting-culture-and-money/

      Until this changes wolves will continue to be killed to please hunters and ranchers. That’s the reality of wolf politics in the Northern Rockies and Alaska.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  15. i agree i think that this is completely wrong i havea great respect for the wolf they are amazing creatures. and for people to do this this has got to stop.

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