August 1, 2014
This was first posted in 2010. Wildlife Services continued to kill wolves even though 500 wolves died in the Northern Rockies in 2009, due to the first wolf hunts held in Montana and Idaho after the Obama admin. stripped them of their ESA protections. Along with poaching and Wildlife Services, wolves continued to die in 2010 after the hunts were over. This is just a fraction of the damage Montana and Idaho have inflicted on wolves over the last five years. Read it and weep, then get active. There’s a time to write about tragedy and a time to do something about it. How many more years will I have to report about dead wolves? It’s burning a hole in my soul.
May 5, 2010
Wolf killing season continues even though the “legal hunts” are over.
Wildlife Services and Montana FWP are gunning for four wolf packs. The Trapper Peak Pack, Miner Lakes Pack, Bender Pack and any remaining wolves from the Battlefield Pack.
Do any of these packs have pups? It’s pup season and babies are just weeks old, totally dependent on their mothers to survive. Is this how Montana FWP intends to further reduce the wolf population by wiping out wolf pups when they kill their parents? The situation is disgusting to say the least. What happens to these pups when their parents are killed. They are BABIES! Do they leave them for dead, kill them along with the other members of the pack? When is this going to end?
The Montana Wildlife Services wolf extermination squad continue to go after wolves for livestock depredation even though wolf predation is a tiny figure in overall cattle deaths. Let’s ask ranchers how many cows they lose to disease, weather, theft and reproductive issues? They don’t want to talk about that because they don’t get reimbursed for cows killed by lighting.
People are outraged by the continued wolf killing. And the ranchers just sit back and let the feds take care of “the problem” for them. Why do Montanans owe the ranchers anything? It’s their cattle. Hire range riders, use electrified fladry, herders, guard dogs, what ever you have to do but why are federal tax dollars being used to kill wolves for agribusiness? It’s a subsidy for ranching pure and simple.
Yes, Montana Wildlife Services has been very busy and it’s only four months into the 2010. Read it and weep.
Stats From Montana FWP Weekly Wolf Reports:
Candy Mountain Pack 4/1 Authorized to kill two wolves (breeding pair end of 2009)
Dry Forks Pack 4/6 Removing wolves and collaring wolves, 4/7 one wolf killed, possibly two. (breeding pair end of 2009)
Ninemile Pack 3/23 one wolf shot from helicopter (breeding pair end of 2009)
Silcox Pack 3/ 5 one pup killed (breeding pair end of 2009)
Superior Pack 4/20 two wolves killed, 4/21 alpha male killed which removed the entire pack ( six wolves killed in total) (was breeding pair end of 2009)
Cedar Creek Pack 4/22 WS services given permission to kill five wolves from this pack, WS has killed three of those wolves
Trapper Peak Pack: alpha male and another wolf killed 2009, 4/13 (aprox date) yearling wolf shot by rancher, 4/23 WS authorized to kill entire pack
3/8 one wolf killed
3/23 three wolves killed
4/9 Gunning for entire wolf pack near Wisdom
From Ralph Maughin’s Website: From April 22, 2010
The Idaho Wolf Management Progress Report has been released by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. So far the report says there have been 28 wolves killed for 14 livestock animals taken. This doesn’t make sense when you consider that last month’s depredation numbers were the same as this month’s yet they report that 8 calves were taken and 10 wolves killed this month. Something didn’t get updated properly.
It also notes that “Additional capture efforts are planned through April.” This is noteworthy since wolves den in April. Does this mean that they have been capturing pregnant females just before denning? Usually ground trapping doesn’t occur when there is a chance of freezing temperatures due to the possibility of injury to the wolves’ feet so presumably capturing refers to aerial darting of wolves.
This was not the purpose of the reintroduction.
Nobody envisioned wolves would be continually killed by the state for agribusiness. Why would you reintroduce wolves in the West only to send them down the road to extinction, once again? This is slaughter pure and simple and it’s WRONG.
And again, what about the newly born pups? They are doomed along with their parents!
Wildlife officials target 3 wolf packs for attacks on stock in Big Hole Valley
State decides to kill Trapper Peak wolf pack
Ravalli Republic | Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 12:00 am
Bitteroot Wolf Pack To Be Eliminated
Posted: Apr 28, 2010 4:09 PM
By Mark Holyoak
Montana, Idaho and Wyoming Wolf Policies Foreshadow Extinction
The federal authorization for each state to reduce wolves to 100-150 animals puts northern Rockies wolves on a spiral toward extinction.
By Michael J. Robinson, Guest Writer, 4-21-10
Please write to Carolyn Sime and the rest of the wolf team to express your outrage over the continued killing of wolves for agribusiness:
Montana Statewide Wolf Coordinator
(406) 444-3242 (work)
(406) 461-0587 (cell)
Write to Montana’s Office of Tourism and tell them you want Montana to stop killing wolves or you won’t spend tourist dollars in the state:
Montana Office of Tourism
Montana Office of Tourism
PO Box 200533
Helena MT 59620-0501