Originally Posted by threejones
But removing 220 wolves isn't going to make the remaining (supposed) 425 wolves less hungry, or less like to kill for sport. I'm also wondering where they got this 425 is a good number of wolves to keep around?
Wolves each kill approximately 25 elk a year, PLUS SPORT KILLS. I don't know how we can put a number on the sport kills. I would assume the sport kill number goes down as elk populations dwindle. But even not counting any sport kills and assuming their number 425 is true, that's over 10,000 elk a year!
Whatever wolf population the "officials" give us, we can multiply times 2 to get a more accurate number. Actual elk mortality due to wolves is likely 25,000 a year in Idaho....while they last.
I went elk hunting (what a joke) this morning in Mineral County, MT near the Idaho line. I saw one set of elk tracks but they were covered by wolf tracks. These wolf tracks were a little larger than I usually see. Alongside the wolf tracks are my bootprints.