Don’t do it! Don’t become Idaho! Montana has two national treasures in the state where wolves roam, north Yellowstone (where most park wolves call home ) and Glacier National Park. Why would you be willing to put those fragile populations of wolves at risk? It’s bad enough wolves are being hunted in Montana in the first place but to add trapping as a weapon against such a small population of wolves, in the third largest state in the lower 48 , is madness!!
Don’t listen to the radical fringe who think the only good wolf is a dead wolf. You forget wildlife watchers in Montana and around the world who want to view wild wolves. You only have to look to Yellowstone, where wolves generate 35 million dollars annualy to the GYA. Wolves are the rock stars of Yellowstone, the animals most people want to see. By allowing trapping you will certainly put the wolves of Yellowstone and Glacier National park at terrible risk. Yellowstone wolves are habituated to humans. Remember the Cottonwood Pack disaster? Can you imagine the carnage when hunters start laying traps right outside the borders of Yellowstone, where wolves routinely cross over to hunt?
Don’t go the way of Idaho, whose reputation has taken a huge hit because of the state’s cruelty directed at wolves.
There is no wolf crisis!! Only one dreamed up in the heads of the wolf hating zealots. Elk numbers have been @ 150,000 in Montana since 2009. Livestock losses to wolves are miniscule. Ed Bangs (retired USFWS Wolf Recovery Coordinator) recently stated “To the livestock industry, wolf losses are so small, you can’t even measure them.”
So why the heavy hand? Why the persecution? You know the truth and you know trapping is barbaric, cruel and completely unnecessary. Do the right thing! DO NOT APPROVE the trapping of wolves in Montana.
Be there to support wolves and say no to trapping them!!
Wolf trapping: It’s like traditional stoning
I was reading the article this morning regarding the large number of comments about proposed changes to wolf hunting and trapping. I remembered a guy explaining to me awhile back about how the “old timers” go about trapping wolves.
“First ya take yerself a piece of cable and fray it so’s that the broken strands are a pointin up. Then you hang the other end a yer cable in a tree so’s that the frayed end is far enough off of the ground so’s a wolf gotta jump to git to it. Then you put yerself some bait on the frayed end of the cable and when the wolf jumps up to get it his mouth becomes hooked on the barbs and he hangs there til he’s dead.”
Yep, that’s just part of our good old Montana heritage. When can we expect the traditional stoning to begin?
Jim Rolando, Missoula
I definitely don’t agree with the Missoulian that wolf hunting is necessary but I applaud the editorial staff for taking a stand against trapping wolves.
Wolf trapping is cruel and unnecessary
July 11, 2012
The Ugly Face Of Wolf Trapping and Snaring
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Posted in: Wolf Wars, Trapping Cruelty, Trophy Hunting
Tags: Montana FWP, say no to trapping wolves, Helena Meeting July 12, stand up for wolves