Hunting Wolves In Montana – Where Are The Data? By Jay S. Mallonee

Hunting Wolves In Montana – Where Are The Data?

Jay S. Mallonee
Wolf & Wildlife Studies, Kalispell, MT 59901

Nature and Science 2011


Management agencies have claimed that the recovery and public hunting of wolves is based in science.
A review of their statistics demonstrated that data collection methods did not follow a scientific protocol which
resulted in flawed and often incorrect data. Consequently, agencies do not know the total number of wolves in
Montana, a major reference point used by wolf managers. Therefore, the quotas proposed for public wolf hunts are
completely arbitrary, and management decisions in general have not been based on facts. This has produced a wolf
management system that lacks scientific perspective and does not utilize what is known about the wolves’ role in
sustaining healthy ecosystems. Instead, the absence of verifiable data suggests that management decisions are often
based on opinion and politics rather than science.



“Wolves are complex creatures.  Like humans, they feel pain, pleasure, fear, a sense of loss, and display a remarkable intelligence unmatched by most living organisms.  When pushed to their physical and psychological limits, they can even suffer psychological disorders similar to those observed in people.  Their place in nature is equally as complex.  They are not the marauding killers that some people believe nor are they mindless and unfeeling chess pieces to be moved about without consequence in the game of wolf recovery.”  Jay Mallonee, Wolf & Wildlife Studies


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Jay Mallonee is an independent wolf researcher with a master’s degree in neurobiology/animal behavior.


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Posted in: Gray Wolf, Montana Wolves

Tags: Montana wolf hunt, peer-reviewed study, Jay Mallonee, independent research biologist

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