$100 to Kill a Wolf Offered

A hunter’s group in Montana is offering a payment of $100 and membership in their organization, for each documented wolf kill in their home state. Interested hunters must photograph wolves they take down, not just for proof to win the money, but also so the hunter’s group can post the photos on their website if they choose. There is an additional prize for the best photo, though no criteria are published as guidance on what makes the best deceased wolf photo.

A spokesperson for the group said, “You have to encourage people to do it. You can’t eat a wolf.
There’s no food value.” (Source: Missoulian.com)

There might be other reasons people don’t want to shoot wolves – chiefly that they don’t see wild wolves in Montana or any other state as a pressing problem, and are content to let them live. This year’s Montana wolf hunt allows 220 to be killed, but as of early December just about 105 had been taken. The state’s department of fish and game extended the hunt to February 2012 to allow more wolf hunting.

A representative of the National Wolf Watchers Coalition is against paying people to shoot wolves,
“It just perpetuates the hatred that people have toward wolves. That money could be used better if given to a food bank to feed people who are having a difficult time right now.  I just think it’s the wrong way.” (Source: Missoulian.com)

Wolves in nearby Idaho are going to be shot from helicopters, so there are extreme views on wolves in both states, yet they don’t seem to be the best practices.

Human-wolf conflict could be a growing trend, mainly coming from some humans, if wolves eventually also make their way into California. It has been reported a wild wolf from Oregon was just about thirty miles from the California border a short time ago, and could be roaming into the Golden State soon. If wolves eventually begin to repopulate in wild areas of northern California it will be curious to see if local people there respond the same ways as residents of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Wyoming have so far.

Image Credit: Doug Smith, National Park Service

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Natasha Salgado
Natasha Salgado2 years ago

Riduculous. It should be open season on all Hunters at 500$$$ per Hunter. Such cowards and uneducated baffoons.

Jane Mckenzie
Jane Mckenzie3 years ago

Please do the right thing - protect the wolves from stupid ignorant people.

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege3 years ago

I have a suggestion: why not offer $100 to kill a hunter?

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

Can we raise the bounty on humans that do the hunting?

Heidi R.
Past Member 3 years ago

With times as they are, I bet they'll have no shortage of hunters. This is dreadful.

Marcia Shiel
M s3 years ago

those putzs in montana should be banished from office then brought up on animal cruelty charges . GET RID of the SELFISH PEOPLE!!!! they are no doubt being bribed by hunters and ranchers....even more selfish and ignorant

Vanessa Wolfe
Vanessa Wolfe3 years ago

Most definately these abhorrent people should be named and shamed, along with the politicians who pass laws that allow killing for profit, sport or entertainment. I feel so strongly about this issue that I too am lost to express my thoughts here. But no matter what happens don't give up our fight on this one.

Carol Henderson
Carol Henderson3 years ago

Nicole O., America is not the only 'mean place' in the world. Unfortunately killing of our animal friends happens all over the world. Look at what is happening to cats and dogs in China, Japan, Korea. Look to Japan for the slaughtering of Dolphins. Look to Canada for the brutal slaughter of innocent baby seals every year. Look to Africa for the killing of Elephants for their Ivory Tusks. The list goes on and on. I only wish American wasn't on the list.

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson3 years ago

Isaac Bashevis Singer Nobel Peace Prize Winner wrote in his book, 'Enemies a love story', "As often has Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought. In their behaviour toward creatures, all men were Nazi’s. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplify the most extreme racist theories the principle that might is right. Lest we forget!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thanks for this article.