Originally Posted by Chas1
Why such a huge disconnect between the obvious/what's needed and the folks who study this stuff and set such low quotas???
MT is partially playing it safe with the quota because they want to keep the hunt going and out of Federal hands so they are playing politics not game management is the answer. Some are sympathetic to the wolf but they will bow to politics and there are fewer and fewer people in love with this number of wolves.
I have a uncle that is a big time PETA member and thinks sport hunting is evil, though he thinks subsistence hunting can be needed but on his last trip to check out Yellowstone he is firmly for killing large numbers of wolves, he saw almost no elk and no grizzly and at least he's not so far gone that he can put two and two together and see that the Canadian wolf has no place in our local ecosystems.
LTLR is absolutely right about using your tag, and if you have to put a tag on one shoot an adult, shooting pups makes no difference, shoot adult breading females and males will disrupt the pack and make the rest easier to get.
The ranchers are taking care of it with poison and guns but the wolf was not removed in this country by some people killing them as targets of opportunity, they were remove by the long line wolfer with traps and poison and there was a bounty to get with every set of ears you turned in.