Governor Bullock Signs HB 73, How Predictable!

dead wolf flickr commons

Well there you have it, no change in Helena. Same old, same old. I guess the Governor thought he’d be run out of town on a rail if he vetoed HB 73, so he did the easy thing and signed it. Apparently he consulted with biologists, I’d love to have been a fly on the wall during those conversations.

Did he hear this?

1. Well you know Governor, we’ve got lots of angry hunters and ranchers out there who don’t like wolves. They think wolves are the reincarnation of Beelzebub or their ex-wives. The greenies don’t contribute to the coffers of  fish and game anyway,  so to hell with them.  What’s a few more dead wolves to keep the peace?

or this?

2. The wolves are scapegoats for people who are just plain angry, don’t give into that mentality. There is no scientific reason to be killing wolves.  Montana ‘s elk population has stood at 150,000 since 2009, growing  66% since 1984, co-existing along with wolves in Montana for the last thirty years.  There are 2.5 million cattle in Montana and wolves were responsible for just 74 losses last year. Feral dogs kill more cows than wolves, hell vultures kill more cows than wolves. Non-predation claims the lives of thousands of cattle, things like birthing, mastitis, disease, weather, theft, etc.  The wolves are no threat to hunters or ranchers. Let’s not make life any harder for these animals, HB 73 is a bad bill, I wouldn’t sign it.

I’m going with door number 1.

As I said, no change in Helena. Rick Hill light??

Here’s some blathering from the press about the “wolf management  killing bill”. You can read it  but I suggest scrubbing your shower curtain with a toothbrush would be more enjoyable.

MT Governor signs wolf management bill

Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:32 AM by MTN News – Marnee Banks
Updated: Feb 13, 2013 2:17 PM


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Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Governor Bullock,  HB 73, more dead wolves, Montana wolf killing zone, boycott Montana,  Rick Hill, wolf management = kill, politics as usual

Montana FWP Approves Killing 220 Wolves for 2011 Hunt….

Montana has a small wolf population of around 566 animals.  Killing off 220 wolves in the hunt with the added pressure of Wildlife Services slaughtering wolves for agribusiness is going to hit Montana wolves very hard.

Wildlife Services killed 141 wolves last year (MT FWP2010 report) and 145 wolves in 2009,  so I don’t expect them to slow down this year. Add that to the 220 wolf hunt quota for 2o11 and it makes things even harder for wolves.

220 plus 140 equals 360 dead wolves.

What about the new pups of this year? We all know the answer to that.

Just more bad news on top of bad news. It’s never ending. Is this what everyone envisioned for wolves when they were reintroduced in 1995?

FWP approves hunt of 220 wolves

BIG SKY — Montana will allow hunters to take 220 wolves during the fall hunting season, the state’s wildlife commission decided this morning.

 During its meeting at this mountain resort south of Bozeman, the five-member Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks commission voted unanimously to approve the hunting quota that would reduce Montana’s gray wolf population to at least 425 during what one FWP official called the state’s “first full-fledged wolf hunt.

Will I lose my parents and my life?


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Posted in: Wolf Wars, Montana wolves

Tags: 220 wolves slated to die, what about the pups, more dead wolves, Montana, FWP

More Dead Wolves….

Government trappers kill two wolves on CB Ranch

“Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Warden Lou Royce said a black female was caught in a trap and euthanized Sunday on the CB Ranch.

The wolf was wearing a collar.

Another wolf in the Divide Creek pack was killed earlier.

The kill permit that was issued following the death of a calf a few weeks ago allowed for up to four wolves to be killed from that pack.”

So up to four wolves can be killed for the death of one calf, when Montana lost 74,800 cattle to non-predation in 2010? Really?

 Several wolf advocates on this blog pointed out the word euthanize was used to describe the killing of these wolves.

“Rhonda writes: Euthanasia : the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy.”

“John writes: By the way, love* the word they used “euthanised”…don’t they mean “trapped and shot”?

Killing perfectly healthy animals for miniscule livestock losses is NOT euthanasia in my book. Prettying up the language doesn’t make the act less brutal.

I guess you can’t kill lightning, disease, reproductive issues with guns and traps. And you don’t get reimbursed for them either!

NON PREDATION is the major cause of cattle loss in Montana, that is a fact. Predators are only a blip on the radar screen. But yet we have special wolf units that track these animals down like they’re terrorists, lay traps for them…are they baited? Then it seems the media has to report on each and every one of the 87 cattle/wolf depredations, that took place in Montana in 2010. like they are front page news. Remember there are approx. 2.5 million cows in Montana people.


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Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: wolf trapped and killed, more dead wolves,  Wildlife Services, NASS,  euthanasia?

Published in: on June 16, 2011 at 3:10 am  Comments (21)  
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Another Day, Another Dead Wolf….

A wolf wearing a radio collar was found dead in Wyoming. No cause of death released.

It’s weird to me that so many wolves are killed by Wildlife Services every year but an investigation is launched when they find a wolf dead. Not that they shouldn’t be investigating, it just rings hollow to me. Ya know?


Wolf killed in Wyoming; cause under investigation


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Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Wyoming,  collared wolf, more dead wolves

Published in: on January 19, 2011 at 12:50 am  Comments (6)  
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