186 Wolves Slated To Die In 2010 Montana Hunt

Well Montana FWP took off the gloves and increased the wolf hunt quota for 2010 to 186. That is more then double the number from the 75  quota of  the 20o9 hunt.  These are the folks in charge of wolves lives. They are treating them like vermin. 

A wolf archery season was created with the new quota. So now wolves will be dodging arrows and bullets if this misguided, brutal hunt goes forward.

Even though wolves are a newly delisted species the state couldn’t wait to start killing them, mere months after gray wolves lost their ESA protections in 2009, Montana and Idaho initiated wolf hunts. Wolf advocates predicted this would happen. Fish and game agencies should NOT be managing predators. There’s a conflict of interest because the very prey species hunters pay licensing fees to hunt are the same prey that wolves hunt. Who’s side do you think the state game agencies are going to come down on?  Certainly not the wolves. 

Wolves are just numbers to them. Shoot a couple hundred, what the heck. We don’t need science. We don’t need to worry about disrupting the pack structure of one of the most social animals on the planet.  Apparently Montana FWP believes they can take out half the wolf population and wolves will just make more wolves. What they forgot to mention is Wildlife Services killed 145 wolves in 2009 for agribusiness.

So lets do the math. There WERE  approx. 520 wolves in Montana at the end of 2009 but since WS has been slaughtering  entire packs in 2010, that number  has decreased. Assuming WS will kill as many if not more wolves this year then last, we”ll use the 145 number and add that to the 186 wolves they want to kill in the hunt. Subtract the number of wolves present at the end of 2009 and that leaves just 186 animals and it will be lower then that, probably closer to 150 wolves, left in the state at the end of 2009.  That means over 60% of wolves in Montana will lose their lives, under the double whammy of two hunts, the so-called legal hunt and the WS shadow hunt.

Why then is Montana FWP stating there will be over 400 wolves left after all this killing?  It’s simple, they’ll be counting the puppies born in 2010  to raise the wolf numbers. You see they count wolves at the end of every year. It’s all a numbers game.  The wolf pups born this Spring will be added to the decimated wolf population at the end of  year, which will increase the numbers. To raise the wolf populaton back up to 400 from 150 will take at least 250 pups that were born and survived this spring. Or wolves that may have dispersed from Idaho, Wyoming or Canada. 

If this is allowed to continue wolves will be “managed” down to bare minimum numbers, just enough to keep them from being relisted but not enough to be more then mere shadows on the landscape.

Why are they doing this?  Well at a Montana FWP meeting on wolves, a month or so ago, someone asked them that question.  Their answer: BECAUSE WE CAN!!  They went on further to state there’s a big interest in trophy hunting wolves in Montana and apparently the state wants to accomodate these hunters. Nice huh?

Killing and disrupting packs, shooting alphas, playing Russian roulette with wolves lives is going to dial down the age of wolves.  The wolf population will be younger with fewer more experienced wolves around to show them the ropes.  Young wolves are more likely to get into trouble. This policy of killing over 50%-60% of the wolf population is sick and disgusting. Where is the science? Where are the studies on the effect the 2009 wolf hunt had on the population? There shouldn’t be any wolf hunts in Montana in the first place. Wolves are not even close to being recovered.

Wake up people, Montana has declared war on wolves. I hope Judge Molloy’s decision puts a cramp in their plans. But wait,  Montana FWP has a plan for that too. If Judge Molloy relists wolves, Montana FWP stated they will try to find a way to let sport  hunters kill wolves for agribusiness, along  with federal agents. These people want to kill wolves, that’s it. It has nothing to do with elk or cows.  

I wish wolves were never reintroduced to the Northern Rockies. They don’t deserve a repeat of the persecution they suffered under the first Western extermination. They brought them back to kill them for sport!! 

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FWP sets wolf quota at 186

Posted: Thursday, 08 July 2010 12:34PM
AP News

http://www.keci.com/pages/7645292.php?contentType=4&contentId=6429257

Posted in: Montana wolves, Wolf Wars

Tags: 186 wolf hunt quota, wolf persecution, trophy hunting, Montana FWP

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Stichtag. Stichtag said: RT @Howling4Justice: 186 Wolves Slated To Die In 2010 Montana Hunt: http://wp.me/pDTDG-1Tx […]

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  2. So same…
    I was thinking one simple thing are they gonna stop.
    No… Because they are people without heart feelings respect. They care for the profit or the pleasure to killing something something so beautiful.

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  3. “They brought them back to kill them for sport!!”
    Certainly looks that way. Hmf! Just because you have the power to do something, doesn’t give you the right to do it.

    The sightseer’s creed:
    “Don’t destroy what you came to enjoy”

    (Well…not officially a creed but we Aussies have this rule when going places, particularly when in wilderness areas)

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    • Now I’m wondering John if this wasn’t their plan all along, to bring them back to kill them for sport. Fish and game blatanly stated at one of the FWP meetings the reason they’re killing wolves is because they can and that there is tremendous interest in wolf hunting. That’s why they are doing it, not because of elk numbers or cows.

      N.

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  4. Nabeki,

    Don’t go the way of L. David Mech, you know that the wolves have a place in the lower 48 and its not on some pea-brain’s wall, its out in the wilderness doing what nature intended them to. All we need is for something to give the game agencies a slap upside the head.People power – it obliterated slavery, destroyed segregation laws and gave rights to women! This wolf issue is about Change, people hate it, especially people who cling to the past because they are too afraid of getting hurt by the unknown. The corruption in the F&G members is blatantly clear, why hasn’t the government stepped in on this? Who puts a redneck in charge of wildlife, what on this good Earth possessed Obama to appoint Salazar as Head of Interior. Not that any other choice would have been better, no-one pro-predator would get in because us granola eating city folk don’t know how important it is to get rid of everything that has big teeth and isn’t a cow or sheep or horse.
    (please excuse the strange phrases: censorship at work)
    For Pete’s sake, the courts were quick to step on Wyoming when it pulled this lark – now ID and MT are at it and the big defenders are no-where to be found! Alaska needs a right kick up the bum as well for what it does. Can’t people see past the ‘creative persuasion’ of these smug morons? Are people really that damn stupid and gullible these days?

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    • John…I think it’s just business as usual with the state game agencies. They are doing things the way they’ve always done them and people don’t give up power easily. They’ve had little or no push back, plus they have the power of the state behind them. That’s a pretty tough mountain to climb to change that system. But now the wolf movement is rising up and saying no more. I’m sure they still pretend we’ve just pesky flies to be swatted but maybe in their hearts they know things have changed. That there are dedicated people out here that truly care about wolves and all our native carnivores and that this deadly, brutal system has to be changed from top to bottom.

      As for the Interior…Salazar is a nightmare. He is the worst possible pick to run the Interior, a rancher for godsakes. We’ve had one truly great Interior Director, Bruce Babbitt, I wish we had more like him, he was a true conservationist.

      N.

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  5. Also, Idaho is going to allow wolf trapping and letting hunters use electronic calls.

    http://www.seattlepi.com/local/6420ap_id_wolf_rules.html

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    • I knew this was coming Jon…it is a disgrace. Trapping is part of what got wolves exterminated in the west the first time around. It is a brutal, brutal practice. Shame on Idaho, they are acting worse then Wyoming. Judge Molloy’s decision can’t come soon enough.

      Thanks for the link, I’m going to post it on wolf news, on the right hand side of the blog.

      N.

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  6. I think the wildlife departments of F&W should be paid mainly through tourism, not hunting licenses. That would change everything. It would make it so more wolves and other predators means more money for the people in charge of “managing” them. People will pay hundreds of dollars to see a wolf in the wild, or even just tracks left by wolves. Wolves are worth more alive rather than dead.

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    • Katie…that is a truly excellent idea. The entire fish and game domination over our wildlife is what is causing all the death and destruction. Their sole purpose is to provide animals for hunters to kill. Why would they care about predators, except to eliminate them?

      Somehow the agencies have to be restructured to represent all the people of the state not just hunters. As you said many people would pay to see wolves. In Idaho last year, the Basin Butte Pack was gunned down on Thanksgiving day by Wildlife Services, they chased them in helicopers blasting away. Those wolves had become part of a local sensation and people came to see them. Now there is only one surviving member. WS robbed the people of Idaho of those wolves and the ability to view wolves. The current system is one sided and needs to be changed.

      N.

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  7. DEAR NABEKI…AND WE…WE WHAT WE CAN TO DO IT??? I’M SICKING.

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    • Hi Agnes,
      I am so upset about this too, especially the archery season. I can’t imagine wolves being shot full of arrrows. Archery is the cruelest along with trapping. I knew the states would be brutal to wolves once they got control of them. I wouldn’t let them mow my lawn let alone care for wolves. But there is hope because Judge Molloy hasn’t made his decision and I think he will relist the wolves. Then we can work on protecting them forever. HOWLS

      For the Idaho wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  8. KATIE,YOU ARE SO RIGHT !!! YOU ARE THE FUTURE OF WOLVES!!! PLEASE, CONTINUE!!!

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  9. Nabeki, we are very upset and sad about this news.We would like to save Montana’s wolves!How can we?

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    • Hi Jean De France,
      If Judge Molloy rules to relist wolves it will stop the hunts. I believe he will relist them but you never know. Right now wolf advocates have very little say about how wolves are treated. We have to work to change that but it won’t be easy. Let’s hope the Judge rules in favor of wolves.

      N.

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  10. NABEKI! I FOUND ONE MONTANA’S WOLF-HATER ON YOUTUBE… HE COMMENTED THE VIDEO: ” hunting wolves with a golden eagle in Mongolia”…he SAID THAT: “BRING THOSE EAGLES TO MONTANA….WE HAVE A FEW WOLVES THAT NEED KILLED TOO… DEAR NABEKI,I ANSWERED TO him,I DON’T WANT YOU KNOW WHAT, BECAUSE I WAS VERY-VERY-VERY VULGAR AND I KNOW YOU DON’T LIKE THAT… BUT MY ARMS ONLY WORDS…

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    • There is no use talking to extreme haters, people only change when they have the desire or have doubt in their reasoning. These wolf haters can get bad, very bad – their language becomes immature, their behaviour disturbing and some even threaten to take human lives.

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    • Hi Agnes,
      I wouldn’t bother talking to those people. It’s just upsetting and they say outrageous things to get people upset.

      N.

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  11. I HAVEN’T GUN…ONLY WORDS…I FOUND THIS MONTANA’S WOLVES-HATER JUST NOW WHEN WOLF HUNT QUOTA FOR 2010 TO 186…I WAS SO UPSET. WHY WOLVES- HATERS CAN TO SAY WHAT THEY WANT? THEY MUST TO KNOW PRO-WOLVES AND WOLVES-LOVERS EXIST,TOO…

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  12. I understand what the Montana FWP article is saying, “Because we can!”, and the Montana DLM says the very same about the Yellowstone bison. Fascinating isn’t it, these wannabe cowboy yahoos wanting to shoot, trap, or poison any and all wildlife they have no likin’ fur…..know what I mean bubba?!! I’m a true believer in the sayin'”what goes around comes around, like it or not”.

    You are right nabeki my brother in saying that we must be more than oral advocates in these matters. If one only talks the talk, yet fails to walk the walk required to fight for one’s rights or the rights of others then all is no more than a puff of smoke whispering quietly into the air….more worthless than tits on a boar hog!!!

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    • Hi Dave,
      The “because we can” statement is so telling. It’s not about cows or elk, it’s about selling those wolf tags and getting out of state hunters to pay the high licensing fees. Apparently they are getting lots of response from people that want to kill wolves. It’s so disgusting but fish and game can stop pretending its about livestock or elk.

      I was so disappointed this past year…I thought wolf advocates would be out in the streets protesting, so many wolves died. One minute they were a protected species and the next they were target practice. I think some wolf advocates are intimidated by the wolf haters. I actually don’t blame them, the anti-wolf crowd can be a scary bunch but if we want to get anything done and gain support for wolves we have to come out from behind our computers and protest loud and clear.

      For the Montana wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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