Five Bloody Days in May For Montana Wolves

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The war on wolves is escalating in Montana, with state wolf  “managers” admitting they are stepping up the aggression against wolves.

In a five-day period in May, fifteen wolves were gunned down in Montana by Wildlife Services for agribusiness, from five different packs.

Some of the packs involved in the bloody May campaign: The Trail Creek Pack, Cedar Creek Pack, Elevation Mountain Pack eliminated, Trapper Peak Pack, Selow Pack (entire pack will be eliminated), Bender Creek Pack (last pack member eliminated) plus other wolves from unnamed packs.

And to make matters worse Montana FWP has given the green light to kill 18 more wolves from five different packs.

From The Helena Independent Record:

So far this year, 64 wolves have died, with the majority — 44 — being shot by federal agents for preying on livestock. The others were killed by cars or property owners or died from unknown causes.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials also have authorized the shooting of at least 18 more wolves from five packs. If successful, that will bring the total to 82 dead wolves in Montana so far this year.

One lone dissenting opinion:

 “It seems a little heavy-handed, when at last count there were only 524 wolves in Montana and a lot more cows,” said Jesse Timberlake with the conservation group Defenders of Wildlife.

The rest of the article was basically a soft ball interview with Montana wolf managers and USFWS  Ed Bangs:

“We have 20 people scattered throughout the state, and it’s becoming more and more work, which is stretching them thinner and thinner. But these are probably the most committed government workers you’ll find,” Steuber said. “Our wolf work has been increasing for three, four, five years now so we’re getting kind of used to it, but it’s a little overwhelming right now.”

The poor things, their trigger fingers must be seriously hurting right now from all the killing. I want to know who in the world takes  a job shooting wolves for a living?

This is trophy hunting, I don’t care what Wildlife Services or the Montana Wolf  Team wants to call it.

AND its pupping season. How many pups were  killed outright with their parents or left to starve?

Why are wolves being targeted?  If you look at predation stats (NASS 2005), it makes no sense.

Montana Cattle Losses (NASS 2005)

Non-Predator Related Cattle Losses: 63,000

Respiratory Problems

Mastitis

Lameness/Injury

Other Diseases

Weather

Poisoning

Theft

Other Non-Predator

Unknown Non-Predator

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All Predator Related Cattle Losses:

(Coyotes, Domestic Dogs, Mountain Lions, Bobcats, Vultures, Wolves, Bears, Other Predators, Unknown Predators)  Total 3000

Coyotes: 1300 calves …Total 1300

Dogs: 100 calves….Total 100

Felids (Mountain Lions, Bobcats, other predators)  200 cattle, 200 calves…Total 400

Unknown Predators: 200 cattle, 300 calves…Total 500

Wolves aren’t ever mentioned as a category..that’s how small their losses were.

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So there you have it folks.

63,000 cattle lost to NON PREDATION: Respiratory problems, Mastitis, Lameness/Injury,Other Diseases, Weather,Poisoning and Theft.

ALL predators including coyotes, domestics dogs, felids, bears, wolves, vultures, eagles and unknown predators only accounted for 3000 losses in Montana (NASS 2005)

Did you know 10,200 calves were lost to weather alone in Montana that year?

Yet wolves, IN THE ENTIRE NORTHERN ROCKIES, were responsible for just 214 cattle losses in 2009 out of a population of SIX MILLION cattle.

Hundreds of wolves were wiped out by Wildlife Services last year and they continue to track and hunt down wolves. Why?

Wolves are not a serious threat to agribusiness? So what is their motive? I think the answer is clear, “because they can”.  Because that’s what the two interest groups they manage wolves for, hunters and ranchers, want. Think for one minute if those two groups weren’t being catered to and the state actually took into account the opinions of the rest of its citizens? What a different world it would be for wolves.

Meanwhile more dead gray wolves, more lame explanations:

“Liz Bradley, a Missoula-based wolf management specialist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, readily acknowledges that the state is acting more aggressively this year on control actions because more wolves are on the landscape than have been here in the past decade. It’s part of an ongoing upward trend; in 1999, when about 80 wolves were spotted on Montana’s landscape, 19 were killed for wildlife depredation. Ten years later, with more than 500 wolves in the Treasure State, that number rose to 145 wolves.”

Apparently last years hunt was just a warm up, now the state is going after wolves with a vengeance, the blood shed continues.

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May 17-21 | 15 from five packs killed in Montana

5 deadly days for wolves

 http://helenair.com/news/local/state-and-regional/article_369429b0-6baa-11df-bd5b-001cc4c03286.html

Posted in: Montana wolves, Wolf Wars, Howling for Justice

Tags: Wildlife Services, wolf wars, stop killing wolves for agribusiness, wolves in the crossfire

 

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  1. Il faut sauver les loups

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    • Daniele Tranchant translation is
      “The wolf must be saved”

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    • Thank you Daniele, everything always sounds so beautfiful in French. Yes we must save the wolf and we will!!

      For the wolves, For the wildones,
      Nabeki

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  3. Ranchers can coexist with wolves and other predators without killing them.

    http://www.predatorfriendly.org/index.html

    Here is a website about “Predator-Friendly” ranchers and farmers. They use non-lethal methods to protect their livestock from wolves and other predators. There aren’t that many farms participating in it right now, but maybe if more people shop from them and only spend their money there, it will pressure more livestock owners to become predator-friendly.

    It’s not just cattle, there is also dairy, bison, wool, honey, and tons of stuff you can get from them. I’m trying to talk some livestock owners that I know who already practice non-lethal techniques into becoming certified.

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    • Katie…thanks so much for bring this to my attention. I will add their website to my blog roll and do a post on it. This is every encouraging. I wonder if any of the ranchers or farmers are certified in Montana or Idaho? I encourage people to visit this website, especially ranchers in the Northern Rockies where it is so needed!! There is also this project:

      Wood River Valley Wolf Project

      Project Summary
      This project involves the use of non-lethal tools and techniques to reduce conflicts between livestock and wolves, in central Idaho. This is a collaborative effort involving local livestock producers, state and federal agencies, and conservation organizations.
      http://www.conservationregistry.org/projects/1710

      This project is taking place in the SNRA (Sawtooth Recreational Area) in Idaho. I think it is a good project but better still that we retire the grazing leases for the SNRA. Judge Winmill ruled in 2002 that wolves and other wildlife trump livestock in the SNRA, yet ranchers keep trucking their sheep and cows into that area every year and in the process wolves die. I would hope one day there will be no livestock grazing in the SNRA.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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      • Nabeki,
        There are a few certified in Montana, but I am not sure about Idaho. I know one farm is certified in Oregon and I am hoping for more. If you look at the product lists, it will tell you which state they are from and how to contact the owners.

        I’ve heard about that project and I’ve heard the ranchers involve saying that it works. Hopefully more ranchers will start signing up for the project soon.

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      • Hi Katie,
        Thank you very much. We should all try to promote this organization. I see it as a way for wolves and people to finally live together. Of course it won’t change the minds of those that already hate wolves and use livestock as an excuse to kill them. This website should be promoted in eastern Oregon where the Imnaha pack is under siege.

        Great find and definitely great people for valuing predators and working to keep them safe!

        N.

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  4. Thank You ,Katie.

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  5. DEAR NABEKI!WITH MY HUSBAND WE ARE CONTACTED VIA EMAIL (very long)THE FONDATION BRIGITTE BARDOT.I GAVE YOUR BLOG,TOO, FOR MORE INFORMATION.I HOPE WITH ALL MY HEART THAT,THE FONDATION B.B WILL CONTACT YOU…THAT’S ALL WHAT I CAN DO.PLEASE IF YOU THINK I CAN HELP MORE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.I’M SO SAD ABOUT THE 15 WOLVES KILLED. I’M DAMNING WILDLIFE SERVICES.YOU CAN’T IMAGINE HOW I ADORE WONDERFUL WOLVES.GOD BLESS ALL WOLVES!HOWLS

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    • Hi Agnes,
      Thanks so much for contacting the Brigitte Bardot foundation. She’s is a champion for animal rights. I hope to hear from them!!

      I know the wolves would thank you if they could for your passionate support of them!!

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  6. NABEKI,please,i didn’t find on your blog the email address of Alaska Fish and Game…please send to me!YOU KNOW, I WOULD LIKE SAVE WOLVES…I EAT,SLEEP VERY BAD BECAUSE I’M SO SORRY AND SO ANXIOUS ABOUT WOLVES.I FEAR FROM JUGE MOLLOY…I WOULD LIKE BE WITH YOU…AND WITH WILD WOLVES.WHAT I HATE IS FOR SOME PRO-WOLVES IS MORE IMPORTANT COLLARED WOLF…IT’S NOT RIGHT!UNCOLLARED WOLVES ARE LIKE COLLARED AND WE MUST SAVE.I’M NOT SPECIALIST,BUT I FOUND NOT GOOD TO PUT COLLAR ON THE WOLF.THE WOLF-HATER,HUNTERS-KILLERS CAN FIND SO EASY WITH RADIO.MY DREAM IS TO LET LIVE IN PEACE ALL WOLVES…

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  7. http://howlcolorado.org/2010/06/07/anti-wolf-web-site-proposes-illegal-poisoning-of-wolves/

    Everyone should check this out.

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    • Jon….Great job by howlcolorado….I was going to do a post on Bridges tonight. We also should start calling Montana FWP about this because he’s definitely encouraging people to poison wolves with xylitol which is illegal. This has sunk to a whole new level.

      N.

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  8. POUR DANIÈLE TRANCHANT!!! OUI VOUS AVEZ RAISON, “IL FAUT SAUVER LES LOUPS”,…MAIS POUR CELA LES MOTS NE SUFFISENT PAS,FAITES QUELQUE CHOSE!!! CONTACTEZ DE TOUTE URGENCE LA ” FONDATION BRIGITTE BARDOT”!!! VOICI L ADRESSE EMAIL EXACTE DE LA SECTION DE LA FONDATION BRIGITTE BARDOT ,QUI S OCCUPE DES PROBLÈMES INTERNATIONAUX GRAVE CONCERNANT LE MASSACRE DES ANIMAUX EN DANGER DE MORT,ET QUI SONT EN VOIE DE DISPARITION PURE ET SIMPLE!!! charlotte.nivelet@fondationbrigittebardot.fr SVP CONTACTEZ VITE!!! MERCI DE TOUT MON CŒUR!

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  9. NABEKI!I’M IN TEARS…MAYBE I’M JEALOUS!YOU FOUND “IL FAUT SAUVER LES LOUPS”…SO BEAUTIFUL WORDS.IT’S NOTHING EXCEPTIONAL…ONLY IN FRENCH.IF YOU PREFER I’LL WRITE IN FRENCH!THE MORE IMPORTANT IS “IL FAUT SAUVER LES LOUPS”…AND QUICKLY!!!

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    • Agnes…That little phrase sounded so beautiful. You can write in French anytime you want…I can always use the Google translator. Yes we must save the wolves..they have so many enemies but they also have people that love them. We will keep fighting for them.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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      • Nabeki, I am very sorry to hear about your dogs. I hope they were alright.

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      • Thanks for asking Jon. They both survived but one ingested more of the poison then the other, it was strychnine. Strychnine causes terrible seizures..they were both in hospital for over a week. One was seizing right on my kitchen floor. It was absolutely horrible. To think this wolf hater is talking about hunters running around the forest leaving xylitol to kill wolves makes my skin crawl. Poisoning is so painful, what is wrong with people? I think he has crossed over the line and Montana FWP should take this very seriously.

        N.

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