Idaho Wolf Hunt Celebrated By Auctioning Commemorative Tags

If anyone doubted hunters are celebrating and gloating over the wolf hunt in Idaho, look no further.  Idaho, Fish and Game is teaming up with pro hunting groups to auction off commemorative wolf tags 1 though 10.  

To commemorate the killing of wolves, after all the work and years dedicated people have spent to bring these magnificent apex predators back from the brink, is stunning to me.  Just when I thought things couldn’t get any more shameful concerning the wolf hunts, it does.

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Idaho puts wolf hunting tags on the auction block

September 22, 2009 |  3:04 pm

Wolves

To commemorate the first public wolf hunt in state history, Idaho Fish and Game is auctioning off state gray wolf hunting tags Nos. 1 through 10 via six hunting and wildlife conservation groups.

Proceeds from these tags will go to the Idaho wolf management program, which aids in wolf conservation and management, public education, population monitoring and law enforcement.

  • Tags No. 3 and 8 will be sold by the Mule Deer Foundation through sealed Internet bids closing Sept. 28.

Each organization will keep a portion of the proceeds to cover its costs.

Winning bidders will receive one commemorative tag suitable for display plus a duplicate for use when hunting. Since state rules allow only one wolf tag per person per calendar year, any winner that already has an unused tag may exchange it. Winners must also have a current Idaho hunting license to claim their tag.

— Kelly Burgess

Photo courtesy of National Parks Conservation Assn.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/outposts/2009/09/idaho-wolf-hunt-1.html

Posted in: gray wolf, Idaho wolf hunt, Wolf Wars.  

Tags: Idaho wolf hunt, wolf intolerance, greed motivates wolf hunt

Wolf Hunt Motive Revealed: It’s All About The $$$$$!

September 16, 2009

Wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park  and Idaho in 1995 only for the states to now profit  from their deaths fourteen years later.  How disgusting.  The feds should be proud of themselves.

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Wolf hunt a $167K boon to FWP coffers

By ROB CHANEY of the Missoulian | Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 6:15 am

Tuesday’s expanded wolf hunting season passed without a hunter filling a tag in Montana or Idaho, but wildlife managers in both states made a killing.

At $19 apiece, Montana wolf hunters have added more than $167,000 to the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks general license account since wolf tags went on sale Sept. 1. Only about 40 of 8,796 licenses sold went to out-of-state hunters, who paid $350 for the opportunity.

Idaho has sold about 14,500 tags. At $11.50 for in-state hunters, that’s an over-the-counter windfall of nearly $167,000.

Montana has a quota of 75 wolves to be shot by hunters in the 2009 big-game season. Wolf hunting opened Tuesday in four remote, backcountry hunting districts, with the rest of the state closed until the regular season opens Oct. 25.

Idaho has a limit of 220 wolves. It opened two remote districts to hunting Sept. 1 and two more Tuesday. The rest of the state opens Oct. 1.

License proceeds in both states go into their respective big-game license accounts and are not earmarked or otherwise separated for specific purposes.

“We must get authority from the next Legislature for how to spend that money,” said FWP spokesman Ron Aasheim. “The FWP commissioners would also have to approve the plan. We have no proposals yet for what to do with the money.”

One proposal that could be coming is a need to replace federal wolf management funds. While gray wolves were protected by the federal Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service either did much of the wolf research and monitoring itself, or provided grants to state wildlife managers to do the same.

In fiscal 2008, Montana received $641,000 to manage wolves under contract with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In fiscal 2009, that figure is expected to fall to $396,000, and continue dropping.

“Right now it’s all federal tax dollars, and we’ve been paying the states to do the work,” said FWS wolf program coordinator Ed Bangs. “But we can’t use Endangered Species Act money for animals that are delisted.”

In the three-state Northern Rocky Mountains region, the federal government spent about $3.4 million to manage about 1,645 wolves last year. That’s much more expensive than the efforts of Midwestern wolf states like Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, Bangs said. Those states have about 4,000 wolves and a total budget of about $500,000.

“Over there, they’ve got big forests, so many deer, and a generally low-level of conflict,” he said. (as if the Northern Rockies doesn’t have a large prey base and forests, nice try Ed.)

“They don’t have our open range and public lands issues. Out here, we started a fairly intensive management program, with radio-collaring and tracking and flying. People here want pretty intensive management. All that costs money. In time, the wolf will be just another animal, and the price will go way down.” (Translation: The Great Lakes Region is more tolerant and big ranching doesn’t run the show “out there”)

http://www.missoulian.com/news/local/article_bffd2588-a276-11de-a7f8-001cc4c002e0.html

*Blue italics mine

Posted in: Montana Wolves, Howling for Justice

Tags: gray wolf/canis lupus, greed motivates wolf hunt, $$$$$$

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