Re: Montana Wolf Hunting News
Its sad we have to deal with the wolf introduction,, NOT RE-Introduction, yes the wolves have been gone for a long time. But the antis dont realize that in Montana territory, that the Blackfeet, Flatheads, Ponderai, Gros Ventres, Kootenai, Assinaboines all harvested wolves in the early days of man in North America. they had means that were more lethal than anything but our modern day poisons. And yet they still had so much game on the plains that wolves really made little difference. But, most of the wolves were out on the plains and river valleys. Now we have settled country out on the plains, so all of the animals are more likely to be found in the mountains where they were not always actually located. So the antis cant really point to them as never being totally free from predation. The earliest fur trade men of the North West company saw the plains Indians in wolfskin coverings sneaking on Bison and the Ojibwa also even earlier in Minnesota / Wisconsin also used them according to old fur trader logs. Wolves were one of the most harvested furs after beaver and muskrats, until the robe trade began on Bison. I lived in Montana for many years, I saw wolves far earlier than the intro in many areas of remote high country. they were huge and covered ground in wide areas following game herds. Montana's game herds will suffer as long as they dont allow better means of harvest such as snaring. There are proven snare methods to greatly eliminate non target catches as in Alaska for years and recently in Idaho also. Montana has more pressure from the extreme anti's than does Idaho. Idaho has a better grip in its game dept on wolf control also. Good luck to Montana this year. I will be shipping some of my 55 wolf traps to a buddy near Bozeman this year. Full rigged for any application, heavy duty, foolproof wolf iron.