Montana Wolf Hunt Over, Maybe….

The Montana wolf hunt ended today after midnight but it may not be over yet.

Montana FWP is considering extending the hunt in the Bitterroot until April 1, 2012, when pregnant alphas have returned to their den sites  awaiting the birth of their pups. They are virtually tied to their dens and it would be like shooting fish in a barrel for any wolf hunter. To their credit Montana FWP commissioners Ron Moody and Bob Ream have spoken out against the extension.

From the Missoulian

“Fair chase hunting is not infinitely elastic,” Moody said. “It has limits and I think we are at those limits, and what I really think is we have gone past them.

“… It does matter and it is important: what you do when you call yourself an ethical hunter and when you do it. It can result in the diminishing stature of hunters in the public’s mind.”

Moody and Commissioner Bob Ream, who also voted against extending the wolf hunting season until April 1 or when the area’s quota of 18 gray wolves is met, voiced concerns about killing the animals during their reproductive season.

So far, only four wolves have been killed by hunters in the area along the Idaho border.

Ream and Moody, along with some members of the public who spoke at the meeting, also questioned whether removing 18 wolves from the Bitterroot would help the faltering elk population, since an ongoing study is showing that more elk calves there are being killed by mountain lions and bears than by wolves.

“If we are concerned about the elk populations in (the Bitterroot), we are shooting at the wrong target,” Ream said.


FWP Commission gives initial OK to extended Bitterroot wolf hunt

The final vote on extending the wolf hunt season in the Bitteroot is expected today.

I will continue the memorial for wolves killed in the brutal hunts. The death toll stands at 464 in the combined hunts. Montana 166 dead wolves, Idaho 227 wolves shot, 71 wolves trapped or snared to death.

Why do they have to die?



Photo:  Trapped wolf FB

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Montana wolves, Idaho wolves

Tags: Wolf Wars, Idaho wolf hunt, Montana wolf hunt, wolf persecution, snaring and trapping wolves, Montana FWP, IDFG

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  1. What the hell are they thinking? What is it that they really want? Total extermination? How can something this monstrous can be allowed?
    May God protect this poor, beautiful, innocent creatures.


  2. Reblogged this on Wolf Woman Blog.


  3. We (Good Wolf supporters) are planning a”Wolf Education Tour” (road trip) to set up stations with posters and WOLF information throughout the USA!

    For Wolf! Keep Howling.


    • Im wanting to do the same in worcester massachusetts… I hope that you guys can come to all the colleges or high schools to educate the public and the school children thanks.


  4. This would be like shooting fish in a barrel!


  5. Thank you to Ream and Moody for speaking up for the wolves in Montana. But the wolves in Idaho have no such defenders. State Senator Jeff Siddoway/sheep rancher wants among other insane things to amend the state constitution to guarantee “the right to hunt and trap”. Another rich crazy with nothing better to do with his time and money.


    • Mountain Lions / cougars / puma , whatever youn want to call them kill more sheep than any wolf or wolves imagineable.


  6. Killing pregnant wolves and/or their pups in their dens? Wow! The good old boy hunters are so brave. Or just so in love with killing.


  7. I cry for every Wolf which will be killed or injured

    what`s about the wolf on the picture,help the photograph him???


  8. How would these hunters feel if someone forced their way in and shot
    their wife and newborn baby? (If they are at all able of empathy)


    • I know how you feel, but we cannot compaare to human life.


      • Let us once again consider the extraordinary words of Henry Benston when making comparisons. I was fortunate to first come across this beautiful and necessary piece of wisdom here on the HFJ blog.

        “We patronize the animals for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they are more finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other Nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time.”
        ― Henry Beston


      • So beautiful and so true.


      • Let’s think about that: Humans have little regard for life; we are the number one apex predator on earth. Humans kill each other, then execute those who have killed. We kill animals and justify our actions with biblical platitudes. We are even killing ourselves and our children by spreading our filth and pollution worldwide.

        What animal chooses to foul its own nest? Only humans do that. What animal kills for the sheer joy of killing, of watching another creature suffer? Only humans do that. Face it, the devotion to gore has become a driving force in our economy. Consider the books, computer games, and movies devoted to revolting depictions of murder and torture. Kids watch and learn to enjoy: the more helpless the victim, the more inspiring the story.

        A few environmentalists and animal lovers are trying to reverse these suicidal, genocidal tendencies. Nabeki is a real hero.

        I hope someday to see every crime program, every showing of werewolf films, every news program urging the next war for oil…sandwiched in between public relations advertisements that decry violence, especially the sort of cowardly violence being perpetrated by the wolf hunters.


  9. These are extermination practices, not hunting. I do think there is such a thing as ethical hunting, but this ain’t it, and it does diminish hunting in the public’s mind. Where I live, we have unexplained beachings of dolphins in large numbers – so they are not taking into account other things that could affect wolf populations, such as disease, starvation, and of course the poaching, which isn’t considered in the hunting numbers. The Missoulan has it right, and I hope they won’t resort to such an evil practice, and call it hunting. 😦


  10. It pains me to look @ that poor wolf in that f….g trap. damn that person who put that there.


    • Those traps are inhumane, and should be banned.


  11. I forgot that I was on Firefox instead of Safari

    that is my post up above ^^^^^^


  12. Could someone tell me the commissioners or senators in Idaho? Who to write to & be effective?


    • We need more letters to Ken Salazar who makes this all possible…
      We need a TON. Also to Bob Abbey, BLM director.


  13. “If we are concerned about the elk populations in (the Bitterroot), we are shooting at the wrong target,” Ream said. WELL SAID! Maybe there are some that are thinking about what they are doing after all.


    • Alice I really believe we are changing hearts and minds. This blog is not only read by wolf advocates but also by others who don’t agree with us but it must chip away at them. Trophy hunting is evil and I believe once they step out of their bubble, where they never hear the truth about what they’re doing, maybe just maybe one heart or mind is changed. They have dogs too, are they looking at their dogs and seeing the wolf staring back at them? Are they asking themselves how can I kill my best friend’s closest relative?

      We put one foot in front of the other and move forward.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,


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