Example of Wolf Tolerance?
Jim…you beat me to it but you nailed it in your post “Killing Wolves Provides “a Level of Tolerance”?
Here’s my take.
It was pretty remarkable to hear Doug Smith, the Yellowstone wolf biologist, agree with Randy Newburg, on NPR, about the need to hunt wolves to increase tolerance for them.
“Randy Newberg hunts wolves and makes hunting television programs. He says tourists love wolves, but many people who live around them don’t like them and hate that the federal government forced wolves on them. He thinks wolf hunts are easing the animosity many local people feel toward the predator.”
To get support for wolves, you can’t have people angry about them all the time, and so hunting is going to be part of the future of wolves in the West. We’ve got to have it if we’re going to have wolves,” Smith says”.….WHQR 91,3 FM
I’d like to see one scientific study that supports this premise. Name one?
I would expect that rhetoric from Newburg but not Smith. Although it’s not all that surprising. In 2009, during Montana’s first wolf hunt, outrage erupted over hunters killing Yellowstone’s iconic Cottonwood Pack alpha female, 527f, her famous daughter 716f, the alpha male and one of their pups. Very similar to the 06 Female and other Yellowstone wolf kills this year.
Yellowstone’s Cottonwood Pack, alpha female, 527f, killed by a hunter one mile outside of Yellowstone, 2009
Smith said this:
Although some people have called for a buffer zone around Yellowstone’s borders to protect packs that roam over its edges, Smith doesn’t like that term. He said he’d rather see the season moved back to a time of the year that the more remote, mountainous terrain surrounding Yellowstone would be more difficult to access and when wolf pelts would be in better shape for harvest.“….Billings Gazette
And as you said Jim, who the hell cares if wolf hunters are happy? Ridiculously flawed logic. Mountain lions haven’t been hunted in California in two decades because the people of the state outlawed lion hunting. I’m sure there are lots of unhappy trophy hunters in California that would love to shoot a lion, in fact:
“The California Fish and Game Commission, created in 1870, manages California’s wildlife, which is the complete opposite of what its chief executive is doing. Since it’s illegal to do so in California, Daniel Richards, the president of the Commission, paid $7,000 to hunt and shoot a mountain lion in Idaho. Richards used professional guides and hounds to stalk the cougar through the forest, chase him up into a tree and shoot him. He then posed for a heartwarming photo with the carcass. Western Outdoor News wrote, “Asked about California’s mountain lion moratorium, Richards didn’t hesitate. ‘I’m glad it’s legal in Idaho.’” -….Global Animal
Just blowing off steam? Did he travel to Idaho and kill a lion to gain tolerance for the species? Inquiring minds want to know?
Wolf hunting tolerance?
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Top Photo: WWP
Middle Photo: Billings Gazette: Wolf 527F, shown tranquilized in 2006, led a well-documented life after she was collared in Yellowstone National Park at the age of 2. Her shooting by a hunter on Oct. 3 has prompted criticism of Montana’s inaugural wolf hunting season.
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