“Lords of Nature” Playing in Columbia Falls, Mt. This Thursday

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Hi Everyone,

The must see video “Lords of Nature”, is coming to Columbia Falls, Mt. this Thursday @ 7pm.  This is the premiere film on predators, if you love wolves, grizzlies and moutain lions, this is for you!!

Flathead Valley, this is your chance to view this incredible film. The event is being sponsored by Defenders of Wildlife.  Here are the details.


Lords of Nature Film Premiere followed by a Q & A Session


Thursday, November 19th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Glacier Discovery Square
540 Nucleus Avenue
Columbia Falls, MT 59912



Category posted in: gray wolf, wolf recovery, grizzly bear, North Fork

Tags: gray wolf, endandered species act, Glacier National Park, biodiversity

Controversy Surrounds Wolves Poached In North Fork

Three wolves were poached in the North Fork of the Flathead recently but the quota of allowable hunted wolves was not changed in response to those illegal acts.  Montana FWP defended their non-action on the premise that wolves die from lots of things so they just worked the poached wolf numbers into general wolf mortality.  Sorry I’m not buying it.  Three wolves were illegally shot and the guy that shot two of them, Randy Houk from Columbia Falls, Mt,  got off with a fine.  He didn’t lose his hunting license, because supposedly he cooperated with authorities.  So what, give him a gold star and still take away his hunting license.  Altogether five wolves were lost in the North Fork.  Two to hunting and three to poaching.  Why not stronger poaching consequences?

There are two North Fork wolf packs that den in the relative safety of Glacier National Park, the Dutch Pack and Kintla Pack.  Before wolf hunting started these packs were safe to roam, as wolves have been doing in the North Fork for the last thirty years.  Unfortunately, like Yellowstone’s Cottonwood Pack, they don’t read signs and regularly cross back and forth across park boundaries.

Why are wolves being “managed” as replaceable units with the “wolf is a wolf is wolf” approach? The loss of alphas can destroy a pack, as we saw in the recent slaying of Yellowstone’s Cottonwood alphas.  Defenders of Wildlife spoke out on this issue stating poached wolves should be counted in the quota. 

In the meantime wolf hunting marches on with 98 dead wolves in Idaho and 64 + 3 poached wolves in Montana.

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Categories posted in: Glacier National Park, Montana wolf hunt, North Fork,

Tags: wolf poaching, Montana wolf hunt, gray wolf

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