Originally Posted by mtmuley
I'm in the Bitterroot. We have a few wolves here. Sorry you have a loss of income. As I said, I don't care for wolves either. My point is that all the bogus info going around is doing no good. Wolves are here to stay. That is a fact. Another fact is they haven't killed every elk on Earth. And most guys that bitch and moan about them know nothing about wolves, and don't attempt to hunt any. Hunt them, not poach them. I hear all the time guys saying "I'll kill every one I see anytime." Go ahead. For me the risk is too great, and it won't help a damn thing anyway. mtmuley
Here are some facts with reference... the stats are from FWP
The Northern Yellowstone Elk herd has steadily declined from over 19,000 from before the introduction of wolves to less than 4000 at present. That is over an 80% drop in the population of that herd. Let me repeat that... more than 80% reduction.
One wolf kills about 20 elk per year. There are about 20 wolves currently in the NYEH area with less than 4000 elk remaining. More concerning is that at last count, there were only 11 calves per 100 cows last year. That is scary and a travesty!
In 10 years there will be almost no elk left in that herd. There are numerous other herds in the Rocky Mountain region that are suffering similar fates and the wolves are moving out in all directions to the Dakotas, New Mexico, Utah, Oregon and Washington.
I live near the Park and visit it fairly often especially in the winter. I have SEEN the steady decline of elk over the years. It is outrageous! When the elk and bison are gone, their precious wolves will be gone too.
I have other things to say regarding wildlife management by the Feds, especially in the Park, but will save that for another day.
Wolves may or may not be here to stay but I will never roll over and accept it. I will voice my opinion and the facts and fight it the rest of my days. A good way of life is systematically be destroyed.
It is time the states took back their states rights and lands. YNP, National Forests, BLM lands belongs to Wyoming, Idaho and Montana and other states and not to the federal govt. These lands are within our borders and belong to us and we are best suited for managing the resources within.
Northern Yellowstone elk population continues to drop