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Unread 03-19-2012, 04:16 PM
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Brox, sp6x6 and others in Montana.
Just got finished reading this, in Predator Extreme's wolf issue. Don't know if it's on the shelf, I got it through Grandview Outdoors online stuff. A University of Idaho study, collared 40 lions. 3 directly killed by wolves, 1 by a grizzly, and 7 starved to death, most likely secondary to being driven off kills. The study demonstrated this is happening frequently. This was in NW Montana.
There has always been a difference of opinion on how much a big cat kills, based on the amount it could possibly eat. Most of us that have chased big cats know how much scavengers etc. take, and the Lion needs to kill again. Wolves have apparently driven this need into overdrive.
At any rate this is one of the Wolf lovers current drums to beat, lions are killing more game than wolves, here is a big reason why.
Quite frankly I knew this happened on occasion, but this magnitude shocked me.
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Unread 05-22-2012, 01:12 AM
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Very good post Harper, You are a treasure to the Wolf Eradication program!

Grizzles in Yellowstone-- the biggest old bruins, are now known to not hibernate much or at all, as they can make a living by following wolf packs around and busting them off the kill and feasting for themselves. The pack wont take on the biggest bears, and just sulk away!
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Unread 05-24-2012, 06:40 AM
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from the Gazette this morning:

MISSOULA — This fall’s Montana wolf hunt will face critics who say it’s too extreme and not extreme enough.

State Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials got a taste of the divide on Tuesday during a Missoula listening session. While not ready for formal public comments, Region 2 Supervisor Mack Long invited the roughly 50 people in the audience to lay out the issues that should be considered. They obliged.

“It’s not too late to turn things around, but we’ve got to do it quick,” Long said. “This is one of the most dynamic times we’ve ever seen in wildlife management.”

At stake are proposed changes to how hunters can pursue wolves and mountain lions in coming years.

The FWP Board of Commissioners is accepting written comments on the wolf plan until June 25. But the lion feedback must be delivered by this Friday.
Region 2 wildlife manager Mike Thompson said the agency hasn’t yet proven it can move the numbers of wolves up and down reliably.

Hunters failed to reach the 220-wolf kill quota in last year’s hunt, and a minimum estimate of 653 wolves prowl the Rocky Mountain portion of Montana. That’s up from about 256 wolves in 2005.

The proposed wolf hunt changes include an archery season in the late summer, a slightly longer general rifle season, trapping, and possibly the permission of electronic calling and three tags per hunter. Those last two would require law changes by the Legislature.

That wasn’t enough for several speakers in the audience. Some suggested the state allow aerial shooting by state or federal authorities to reduce wolf numbers.

Others wanted to allow snare traps, which have proven successful in Idaho and Alaska.

Thompson said snares also tend to catch too many non-target animals besides wolves, so the state preferred to use the more challenging methods.
But others in the audience criticized all trapping as inhumane and uncivilized.
They questioned why public trappers got 48 hours to check their traps, while state and federal trappers usually have to monitor theirs every 24 hours or less.

Comments on both wolf and lion hunting proposals may be mailed to FWP, Wildlife Bureau, Attn: Public Comment, POB 200701, Helena, Mont. 59620-0701.
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Unread 06-07-2012, 06:32 PM
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I read a Montana FW&P comment the other day that I have not been able to process. Regarding elk predation by wolves "entire herds are near extinction". So the question is how do you respond to that. 1) Close seasons in those areas. 2) Go on as is, cause why does it matter if wolves or a hunter kills the last one. I'm leaning towards 1 as it changes the amount revenue going to a group I consider adversarial, and it brings home to folks that have been sitting on the sidelines this is a real problem.
I haven't hunted Montana for a long time so I'm not directly impacted. What do you Montana folks think of the issue. Are elk quotas being adjusted appropriately by FW&P to reflect the situation on the ground?
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Unread 06-07-2012, 11:32 PM
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Deregulate is my answer!
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Unread 07-21-2012, 01:15 AM
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hunters in montana had shot more than 160 gray wolves as the season came to a close across most fo the state wednesday a sharp increase from the last hunt in 2009 but still short of the state's 220 animal quota.
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Unread 07-23-2012, 01:53 PM
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I can't remember if I am spelling it right but a couple of grains of timic in veinna sausages placed in known wolf den areas will do the trick. These non native pest need to be eleminated! Damn the Canandians for shipping their problems to us.
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