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Wolf Hunt in Montana Could be Doubled or Tripled

Wolf Hunt in Montana Could be Doubled or Tripled

In 2009, 72 wolves were killed in the hunt, with a state-allowed quota of 75. This year, however, state wildlife managers are asking the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission to increase that number to a much larger range of 186 to 216. The final decision will come in July.

Such an increase seems more than a little odd considering very recently wolves there were listed as an endangered species. The number of wolves allowed in last year’s hunt does not include those killed after being reported for killing livestock. One option on the table is an archery-only wolf hunting season. But how is that going to be enforced? Are some people really going to seek out wild wolves armed only with bows and arrows? Would that be safe for the hunters? It sounds like a ploy to appease animal protectors, as it gives the appearance of fair play in killing wild wolves.

Wolves do kill livestock sometimes, like sheep and cattle. But is killing the wolves the only  solution? In Oregon wolves were tagged with tracking devices that alert rangers and ranches to the wolves’ locations when they roam to close to farms. Also electrified fencing is an option that is used in combination with other techniques. Is enough being done to educate ranchers about non-violent means of protecting their herds, and are they being located in sensible, safe areas?

Last year apparently there were about 524 wolves counted in Montana. A wildlife manager there was quoted, “The lower quota of 186 wolves moves us at a slower management pace, while a quota of  216 wolves allows us to move a bit more rapidly to address the wildlife and livestock depredation issues that are occurring.”

But isn’t killing about 40 percent of the total number in one year also wildlife depredation? Is there no chance for relocating some of those wolves to remote areas? And what about the fact the Defenders of Wildlife assists ranchers in Montana with some of the  cases of livestock loss? The Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife are working on blocking the hunts.

Read more at the Defenders of Wildlife site.

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12:35PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Insanity !

2:11PM PST on Jan 10, 2012

Stupid behaviour. Save the wolves and ... the leopards in South Africa.
How can people behave like that? Those who love hunting so much should be hunted ... and killed. Maybe they'd think twice before killing wolves (and leopards!)

7:46PM PST on Dec 28, 2011

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

3:06AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

Senseless killing wolves are beautiful creatures

6:54AM PST on Dec 22, 2011

The same thing is happening with Polar Bears!!!

Safari Club International (SCI) is undertaking court proceedings making it legal to hunt Polar Bears!

This is a copy and paste from their internet site:

SCI Takes Polar Bear Importation to the Court of Appeals SCI has continued its fight to restore polar bear importation by appealing the U.S. District Court?s adverse decision in our polar bear import case. On October 17, 2011, the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?s 2008 decision to ban the importation of polar bears from Canada. Upon listing the polar bear as a threatened species, the FWS determined that previously authorized imports from Canada were now banned under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. SCI?s appeal of the import ban ruling follows on the heels of SCI?s appeal in August 2011 of the same Court?s decision upholding the listing of the polar bear as threatened. These appeals will proceed independently of each other

11:35AM PST on Dec 21, 2011

Stop all hunting and murdering of wolves , now..... Thankyou...

8:53AM PST on Dec 21, 2011

inhumane, unjust, illegal, sad, done for profit and out of hate and ignorance, and just plain WRONG..........please share this article and the other wolf hunt articles, videos, etc. with everyone you know.....post it on your FB or Myspace or other web pages..........use your voice for the voiceless....please.........

12:20PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

awful!!
Humans aren't the only animals on this planet...they just THINK they are and can play God to all the others...plague on all of us for shameful behavior in caring for the earth and those that inhabit it!

8:18AM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

Save the wolves!

3:02PM PDT on May 22, 2011

I'm against all hunting of wolves, they are not game by any means. They contribute to the ecosystem just like any other animal and I find it appalling to even think about a large massacre of wolves. No animals deserve to be hunted.

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