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Old 03-25-2012, 10:26 AM
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Check out the new FWP study in the west fork of the Bitterroot. Lions are the number one killer of the elk. It is also a special drawing area for lion tags and STILL the FWP biologist can't seem to figure out why all the elk are gone. Those FWP guys are real rocket scientists huh???
FWP has way too much politics involved in "game management". There's quite a few FWP employees that are forced to do things they know are total BS because of a few politicians who are farther up the food chain. It's a classic case of "A few bad apples..." Too bad it's the wild game populations and those of us trying to preserve them that suffer from political crap.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:27 AM
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And speaking of "fat cats", I had to shoot this one about 6 weeks ago as it was terrorizing our ranch. It had made home in our barn and as far as we know, it had ate the nearby family of raccoons and 12 barn cats. My horses didn't really seem to mind that it was around as I think it had been coming and going for several weeks. It had chased our dogs around in the morning and when I went to check on the horses that same evening, it was in one of the barn stalls and ran underneath the tractor where I shot it. It was really emaciated and fish and game came out and got it---said it was either diseased or just a lousy hunter.

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Old 03-29-2012, 06:48 PM
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And speaking of "fat cats", I had to shoot this one about 6 weeks ago as it was terrorizing our ranch. It had made home in our barn and as far as we know, it had ate the nearby family of raccoons and 12 barn cats. My horses didn't really seem to mind that it was around as I think it had been coming and going for several weeks. It had chased our dogs around in the morning and when I went to check on the horses that same evening, it was in one of the barn stalls and ran underneath the tractor where I shot it. It was really emaciated and fish and game came out and got it---said it was either diseased or just a lousy hunter.

Randy
Cool pics, thanx for sharing. Something was definately wrong with it, to have taken up shop a barn like that. Sounds like you did it a favor by shooting it. Hope he wasn't just getting out hunted by the stinkin wolves!
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:19 AM
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That is one of the possiblities that we thought about as we do have a fairly significant number of wolves around our place. I have found two deer kills and four elk kills around the perimeter of the alfalfa field. The deer kills were buried so i am pretty sure those were cats but the other ones were probably wolf.
Idaho fish and game just upped the wolf tag quota in our area to 40 instead of the 25 that were filled this year.

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Old 03-30-2012, 12:12 PM
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Re: Fat Cats

A few years back a cat took refuge in a barn, after a hard kick by a horse,then it was shot. I n between Whitefish and Kalispell, farm and woodland area, with many housing subdivisions. I was talking to a friend that is a Pope and Young scorer, 5 cats killed near his place this fall,by F&G.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:44 PM
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I've posted this elsewhere, but for those that missed it. Study In NW Montana, 40 collared Mt Lions. 3 killed by wolves, 1 killed by Grizzly. 7 starved to death from being chased off their kills by wolves, study indicated this was a frequent occurrence. University of Idaho study. You folks from MT are definitely backs to the wall.
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