Re: N. Idaho whitetails and wolves.
You have to remember that they brought the wolf in to replace the hunter for game management. We have had the right to hunt under the guys of managing the big game populations. If the big game is struggling to maintain it's #'s because of wolf predation, then there is no need for the hunter to harvest big game.
What the wolf does to the game is much better, in the eyes of the environmentalist, than what the hunter does, because they believe that the wolf is natural and the hunter is not. As if all things on earth are here for a purpose, except people. The fact that people are here is a mistake. The attitude at the very top of the environmental movement is that the optimum human population on earth is, zero.
Then comes the socialism aspect of the environmental movement. The environmental move was used by Hitler, this is not the first time. True socialism can't take place with out full control of the people. This will not happen as long as we are as well armed as we are. Getting rid of hunting is the first step to getting rid of the individuals right to own guns. If there is nothing to hunt then there is no reason to have the gun.
Sorry about the rant. Those of us that live out here have known about the wolf as a game management replacement of the hunter since they put them in Yellowstone. They more or less said so when this whole thing started. And yes it is becoming more evident each year how much impact the wolf is having.
To hunt... or not to hunt...? What a stupid question.