I kinda find it hard to believe this thread, it is very discouraging the amount of non native wolf propaganda that many seem to have swallowed.
Growing up in Mt we all knew about the wolf packs around, they would be seen rarely, sometimes some tracks in the remote areas in snowmobile trails and very rarely one would get shot for being an issue, they were here doing just fine till the introduction which MANY biologist fought and silenced on!!
I was working just over the boarder in Idaho for a biologist when this all went down and he was livid, every bit of input they put in was round filed and he predicted exactly what would happen. We saw all the native packs wiped out, moose wiped out, elk obliterated and pushed onto private and an apex predator that has no business here that we have no chance of managing and all in a few years!
Anyone who thinks a wolf pack only kills the weak and only out of hunger is frankly naive and willfully ignorant of reality. I've seen the native wolves kill livestock, you find a red spot in the snow and some scraps, these wolves you find livestock disables and alive or only a small part eaten usually in the fall when the pups are learning to kill, totally different ways of living on the land scape!! The native wolves never made these super packs, they stayed very small and very localized not 15, 20 members moving across multiple drainages in the open.
This year we had zero elk on the winter range behind my house, there used to be a couple thousand.
We kill wolves here at a pace far better than anywhere else, everyone hammers them and the gov trappers fly the heck out of them and gun them and we have no hope of getting them under control, anyone who thinks we can manage them has no concept of how many we are killing just to loose more ungulates and livestock.
Grizzlies are nearly as bad, though being native having a moderate hunting season on them would produce wonderful results, FWP kills 50+ a year and it's not a blip on the radar so we should have a fairly generous season and it would help.
Horses are livestock, they have zero business being treated or labels wild horses. Some of my favorite horses have been mustangs, dang smart and amazing in the mountains but NOT a wild animal which is abundantly clear when you see a contrast of how they live on the land.
Everything seemed to have a place at one time, the native wolves fit, Mt lions fit, coyotes and fox fit, grizzly and black bears fit, a moderate amount of human management kept balances. Large ungulate populations and a diverse predator population and were easily managed, sustainable and there was a quality renewable resource for everyone.
Looking at how long it take native species to recover when managed excellently it's a lengthy process, the introduced wolf took a few years to blow by any metric that was thought possible, wonder why, what has taken decades for the griz to do they did in a few years, the Mt lion also had a bounty and was almost wiped out and took them decades to come back, the native wolf took decades to be known again and then in a very short few years we have an unmanageable number of introduced wolves that have completely turned our ecosystem upside down the contrast between difference species recovering should be a big clue!!
Don't care how they are killed, any method a human would use would be far better than their natural end, I prefer a method that goes bang and lands me a fur and skull to sell but can't be picky when dealing with something that does not belong!!