Originally Posted by BrentM
The hunter was successful and elimanted both packs he was after. He trapped 8 and shot 1. Not the least bit surprised that the number 1 tool, was traps. These are not easy animals to hunt. This will help. The wolves generally kill 1 elk per week per pack. That should help save a minimum of 100 elk in the areas the packs lived and hunted. The number is certainly higher as the wolves often kill cow elk that are pregnant. My guess is at least 150 elk will spared, most of which are cows, which are not hunted during the rifle or gerneral season.
Now, if we could just figure out a way to deal with the fire problems that keep destroying huge tracks of wintering habitat. Oh, yeah, let the forest be managed properly by thining and selectively cutting....... no wait, that won't work....that is a scientifically proven method and it bolsters economic welfare of the counties the trees reside in. We can't have that, we need to use emotion and lawsuits to stop all human activity and let the law of nature preside over everything. Screw it, lets all go hug some bug infested trees and parastie infested wolves.
We are all doomed!
This is all common knowledge so excuse my rant!
The fire problem is too much like the wolf problem! There is too much federal money in fire fighting! I feel that if you build a house in timber country you better be able to protect it from fire, not my tax dollars! They will not allow any logging but a lot of times will let a fire get out of control and then spend millions fighting that fire. If logging was allowed in these areas the fires would not get out of control and I would bet that the logging industry, and lobbies on the hill would get the fires out in logging country a whole lot faster!
The Gooberment put wolves here, spent millions studying them and protecting them for too long! The gooberment put wolves here in historic ranch and farm country but tied the protective hand! The Montana Fish and Game can not figure how to sell nonresident licenses. Their latest proposed solution is to raise the cost of resident licenses to generate income.
Cow elk all over the place and no legal bulls in an area that was world renown for lots of big bulls, but roughly 50% bulls 50% cows are born. So we all know that screwy managed big game does exist. Until 4 years ago it was a felony to kill a wolf unless its presence met strict criteria. 4 years ago was 15 years too late to protect all big game that hunters pay good money to be correctly managed!