Two Wolves Fall Victim To Cruel “Montana Wolf Archery Season”?? READ UPDATE!!

 UPDATE: September 6, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

Montana FWP “wolf hunt status update” has changed  from two wolves, to zero wolves, to one wolf. Not sure what is going on there and how that mistake was made? Yesterday it was reported in the press that two wolves were killed in Montana, a male in region 390 and a female wolf outside Kalispell in region 101.

Here’s the link to the Montana FWP site. It makes me so sad that wolves have been reduced to faceless, anonymous  numbers.

http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/planahunt/huntingGuides/wolf/default.html

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Yes, there’s a chill in the air, fall is coming but instead of enjoying the change of seasons, wolf advocates are subjected to death toll counts rolling in on slaughtered wolves.  Montana’s wolf archery “season” started Sept. 3 and ends Oct. 16  Bow hunters are combing the woods looking for wolves to kill and unfortunately they found two victims, a female wolf near Kalispell and a male wolf in region 390. Fish and game has divided the state up into “wolf kill zones”, setting quotas for each one.  How convenient.

These wolves died for nothing and 40 more wolves are slated for the same fate during ” wolf archery season”. Who the hell wakes up in the morning and say’s hey, I’m going to run around in the woods today and look for a wolf to kill with my high-tech bow. What a glorious way to spend Labor Day Weekend, NOT!  There’s an empathy chip missing  here.

Boycott Montana until they stop slaughtering wolves!

Montana Wolf Hunt/Archery

http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/planahunt/huntingGuides/wolf/default.html

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This is the only news report I could find on the killing of two innocent Montana wolves by bow hunters this weekend.   Don’t you just love the word  “harvest” as if they are digging up potatoes?  Euphemisms to hide the UGLY truth about what this “hunt” is all about. Thrill Killing!!

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Archery season nets 2 wolves in first weekend

Posted: Sep 5, 2011 4:24 PM by Evan Weborg (KXLH News)

http://www.kpax.com/news/archery-season-nets-2-wolves-in-first-weekend/

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Governor Brian D. Schweitzer
Office of the Governor
Montana State Capitol Bldg.
P.O. Box 200801
Helena, MT 59620-0801

Phone: 406.444.3111
Fax: 406.444.5529
governor@mt.gov

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Montana Office Of Tourism

Mailing Address
Montana Office of Tourism
PO Box 200533
Helena MT 59620-0501

Phone/FAX
Phone: 406.841.2870
Fax: 406.841.2871

Email
mt-webmaster@visitmt.com

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“Naturally, hunters are eager to be seen as conservationists. But true conservation involves more than preserving areas of habitat to be used as outdoor shooting galleries. And, true conservation involves more than creating humongous deer and elk herds. Shooting coyotes, cougars, wolves, foxes, bears, and other predators – whether for amusement or to increase game populations – cannot and will not qualify as conservation.”

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Video: Courtesy DeliberateCruelty YouTube

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Montana wolves

Tags: bow-hunting cruelty, wolves suffering, Montana archery wolf hunt, wolf wars, boycott Montana

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The Evils of Trapping….

Idaho wants to include wolf trapping in their bag of tricks for the upcoming wolf hunt.  I pray wolves won’t be subjected to this horror. The lawsuit challenging the wolf delisting rider is fast tracking in Judge Molloy’s court.  I believe he will find the rider to be unconstitutional.

I wonder if most people understand how evil trapping really is?  I’m always reminded of the sad tale of an alpha female wolf, who had been trapped outside Denali National Park.  She spent fourteen horrific days in that trap without food or water in horrible pain. Her packmates were frantic to help her but they could only watch her suffer. In the end she was so hungry, she tried to eat rocks  and her teeth were broken in the effort.  That beautiful wolves’ world was reduced to being caught in a medieval, painful trap, meant to deprive her of her family, deprive her of food and shelter, and ultimately deprive her of her life.  Her story has brought  me to tears more than once.

This is trapping. It is barbaric, it is torture and should be outlawed. The fact they want to use traps to kill wolves in the Idaho hunt is egregious beyond measure.

Trapping also has terrible connotations connected to wolves because it was the trap that was used so liberally to exterminate wolves in the West.  Are we traveling down that long, dark path once more?

From the Endangered Species Handbook, Wolves, Wild Dogs and Foxes:  (Page 4)

“One study on wolves taken in various types of traps was published in the Journal of Wildlife Management (Ballenberghe 1984). It investigated injuries and mortality of 126 wolves trapped in northeastern Minnesota and Alaska. Traps used included steel jaw leghold traps of various types, some with teeth, others with smooth offset jaws; steel cable foot snares; and cable neck snares equipped with devices that prevented the loop from fully closing (Ballenberghe 1984). The results confirmed that steel jaw leghold traps caused the greatest number of injuries and mortalities: 41 percent of 109 adults, yearlings and pups caught in these traps incurred serious foot and leg injuries, defined as lacerations, damage to tissue, bone breakage, and joint dislocations (Ballenberghe 1984). Three wolves, including a pup, had broken leg bones; two others lost front feet after they were nearly amputated by the trap. One young male with broken radius and ulna bones in his foreleg was released in this study to stumble off; this wolf was caught by a trapper several months later (Ballenberghe 1984).

Other injuries resulted when trapped animals gnawed their own feet off and chewed on the traps, breaking teeth and splitting lips. The steel jaw leghold traps caused tissue, muscle and tendon injuries, even when checked daily” (Ballenberghe 1984).”

Aside from leghold traps, there are snare traps. These are equally horrific. In  1992 there was a mind-boggling “research project” conducted in Alaska, involving the use of thousands of wire snares laid to kill wolves in a misguided attempt to increase ungulate populations.  The ESA Handbook further describes the horror that ensued.

“In 1992, such a wolf “research” program, involving the setting of thousands of wire snares, was carried out south of Fairbanks. Gordon Haber, a conservationist and wolf biologist who has worked for decades on behalf of Alaska’s
wolves, brought television crews to film the snaring operation in December 1994. They were shocked by the scene
that awaited them. Four wolves had been caught in wire snares, two of them pups. One was dead, and three were still alive, terrified and in great pain. A 6-month-old pup, with its paw caught in a neck snare, had chewed off its foreleg in a futile effort to escape. Another had been snared around the chest, causing deep wounds. The other two had been snared by the leg. All these snares had been set to catch the wolves by the neck and kill them, yet none did. Members of the pack milled about nearby, unwilling to leave their fellows. Two snared Caribou were lying dead nearby. A trapper was filmed as he attempted to shoot the wolves, repeatedly missing or wounding them because he used the wrong caliber ammunition in his gun. He shot one pup five times in the head and body at point-blank range with the wrong gauge ammunition. The pup, wounded, remained standing. The trapper then reloaded with other ammunition, and this time shot all three wolves fatally.”

Read more: http://www.endangeredspecieshandbook.org/persecution_wolves4.php

That is trapping in all it’s ugliness.  We have not learned anything as a society if we tolerate this kind of brutality.  The magnificent wolf or any animal should never be exposed to this torture.

Please visit Footloose Montana to learn more.

Large Leghold Trap.

* Sadly Gordon Haber was killed in a plane crash in the fall of 2009.  The wolves of Denali lost their champion.

Photos: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves

Tags: brutality of trapping, leghold traps, wire snare trapping, animal cruelty, animal suffering, trapping should be banned, gray wolf, Idaho, Alaska

I Am Wolf…

 

I am wolf. I speak to you for my species. Please stop killing us.

We have walked this earth for thousands of years. We want to live in peace and raise our families. If we occasionally kill livestock it’s because we are hungry and you make it so easy. Nobody is guarding the cows and sheep. We are hunters and so we hunt. You kill billions of animals every year for food yet you blame us for a a few dozen cows?

People chase us with guns and shoot us. They use nasty traps that hurt our legs. Once in Alaska, one of our kind, a mother wolf, was stuck in a leg hold trap for fourteen days, she was so hungry her teeth were broken from eating rocks. Would you like to have your leg or arm stuck in a trap so you couldn’t get away? Then after you have been stuck for days or even weeks, with your family surrounding you but helpless to set you free, someone comes and shoots you?

You make us orphans to starve or kill us with our parents. You chase us in helicopter gun ships, we run for our lives but we can’t get away. Your shotguns riddle us with buckshot. We cry and howl in pain, then we die.This is wrong.We would never treat you this way.

 We are wild, we don’t understand your rules. We can’t read signs or understand your boundaries. We are driven by hundreds of thousands of years of evolution. What we do is in our genes. We were put on this earth to keep ungulate herds healthy. We mean you no harm. Please stop killing our families. There is room on this land for both of us. You only have to find a place in your heart for us to dwell.

I am wolf…

 

June 27, 2010 

Nabeki

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Photo: Courtesy Jason Hahn 2007

Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus

Tags: wolf plea, wolves suffering, wolf pup

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