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December 22, 2009

Feds Target Livestock-Killing Wolves In Montana

By Dave Hurteau

From The Salt Lake Tribune:

Agents from the Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services are trying to kill between 16 and 22 wolves at sites scattered across western Montana [in response to recent livestock attacks].

[Despite] the first public hunting for the animals in decades this fall . . .wolf attacks on livestock have continued.

Carolyn Sime with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks says it is unusual to have so many livestock attacks this late in the year. To date, 91 wolves have been killed in 2009 by officials or ranchers who caught the predators in the act.

Another 112 have died from hunting, natural causes and other reasons.

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from Walt Smith wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

I don't think its unusual at all. Whats happening is the wolves are figuring out that livestock are easier to catch and kill than wild game. Thats why our ancestors killed them off in thee first place.

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from RJ Arena wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Maybe the PETA people will

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from RJ Arena wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Sorry, cat jumped up on the computer! I was saying , maybe the PETA people will go up and "teach the naughty wolves to eat grass and carrots" The wolves would not eat the PETA people, no meat on their bones.
Seriously it is about time the government goes in and will try to fix some of the mess they created! Ranching is hard enough in good times, you don't need wolves killing your livestock and putting you in the poor house.
If people love wolves so much, put them in Central Park, or Golden gate park. Then see how much they are appreciated!

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from coho310 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

They should open a wolf season, and close it when they feel like the wolves are at safe numbers.

Do those ranchers on night patrol use a .30/06 with a night scope? I heard that from someone, but maybe this was about 'yotes.

Ha ha ha, RJ Arena, nice comment, +1.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Seems history is repeating itself. No surprise.

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from 60256 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

There is a book called "The Loop" by Nicholas Evans. The plot is almost the exact same as what is happening here. Wolves killing livestock, people killing wolves, government getting involved.

Nate

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from jeffo52284 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

this is not a surprise at all. why are they surprise to see that as wolf numbers go up so do livestock casualties. wolves are going to get hungry and eventually find out that cows are easier to kill than elk. at the first of the article it says that they are trying to kill the wolves. if they need help sign me up my 30-06 and I can be in Montana in a couple hours

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Doesn't this sound like the predator eradication programs of the past? Here'e Your Sign, Feds!

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Helicopters involved?

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from babsfish4life wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Livestock are easier to kill than elk? That may be true but they have already eaten all the elk. In a wolfs eyes, livestock are "food storage", always there when the elk aren't. Sad that these wolves were introduced. I like the talk of putting them in central park, their response would be the same as us Idaho, Wyoming and Montana people years ago: "but we don't want them here!". We would give the same answer that they did "we don't care."

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from Walt Smith wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

RJ Arena, I like your thoughts! The folks out west ought to set a few live traps for wolves then truck them into central park and let them free! I wonder how Bloomburg would handle that with PETA telling him there is no season in NYC?? Man it would be fun to watch.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Instead of Central Park why not at the U.N.?

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from the captain wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

Montana ranchers argued against reintroducing wolves. They said "wolves will eat our livestock." Now, one of my buddies who owns a small ranch, has to deal with wolves preying upon his livestock. The federal government, in its infinite wisdom, is endangering his livelihood. Now, it is illegal for him to protect his stock by shooting wolves. Solution: wolves are just big coyotes, treat them accordingly.

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from Wolf Kill wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

Any of you live out here, where the problem is? Being distanced by 1,000...1,500...2,000 miles from where wolves are destroying the past hundred years (and billions of sportsman dollars) of conservation work to rebuild big game populations kind of dilutes one's perception of how bad things really are. Here in Montana, the problem is compounded by a state wildlife agency (MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks) that has either thrown in the towel...or has sold out to either the federal government or the anti-hunting environmental groups. They just don't give a damn any more, and totally ignore what hunters are telling them. Elk and deer herds are disappearing quickly, and in many areas hunter harvests this fall were down 45- to 50-percent. Still, MT FWP claims that big game populations are "well above objective". Which is a bunch of hogwash. Sportsmen in this state have been pushed to the limit, and a revolt is about to take place. We're tired of being lied to, and treated like idiots. Change is at hand, and that may include an entire house cleaning at MT FWP. Likewise, we need to kill off at least half the wolves in this state, or there's no way in hell that the decline in elk and deer numbers will reverse itself. For more on this, do a Google search for LOBO WATCH.

Toby Bridges
Missoula, MT

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from dickgun wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I feel quilty to think that now you'all know what we continuously fight here in Alaska due to PC, EPA, PETA,et al, regarding wolves, resource development, and control of our live style. Direct your venom toward your congressmen, legislators and local authorities and build a constituency that just might give you some support by voting out the incumbents who are doing this. Things are not going to get any better if we continue to allow the noisy minority to control our lives.
All best for a better New Year!

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from backlash wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I have strong feelings that wolves need to be managed to lower numbers than what is being carried in many areas of the country (like MI, MN and WI) Here in MI they move in an area and the deer are gone and that is not an exageration. From an economic perspective, the loss of revenue from people that would have traveled to hunt deer but don't due to the low numbers surely is not made up by wolf lovers coming up to try and see a wolf! A coworker's beagle was just killed this week by three wolves when he was rabbit hunting and two years ago a neighbor had their dog killed in their yard while they yelled at the wolf. Getting to be where I wonder about the safety of kids outside. A friend put it well - for all the wolf lovers that say "the wolves were here before us" he would like to distill some T-Rex DNA and bring some back to life and then stock them in their back yards!

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from Wolf Kill wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Perhaps it's time to clean out a few "nature lovers" and "bird watchers" that staff the DNR departments in MN, WI and MI...and replace them with "big game hunters". Our game departments seem to have jumped from the sportsman's ship, and have taken harbor aboard the agenda's of anti-hunting environmental organizations like the Defenders of Wildlife...the Humane Society of the United States...or the Center For Biological Divesity - organizations that have not spent one red cent on real conservation work. And who's income comes primarily through frivolous environmental lawsuits.

In other words, these groups feed on the conservation work that hunters have funded for the last hundred years like maggots feeding on rotten flesh.

Toby Bridges
LOBO WATCH
Missoula, MT

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from SadieNicolle wrote 3 years 48 weeks ago

First of all why does everyone want to start killing wolves? they just got taken off the endangered species list...If we keep going about this the way we have been for the last hundred years, wolves are going to be put back on the endangered species list and on and on... Yes our ancestors did kill the wolves off as you people are trying to do now. Havent you figured it out yet? If killing a bunch of wolves hasnt worked before, why in the world do you think it will work now? think about it. I live in Kalispell, Montana and i love wolves. I also know what its like to have your livestock killed and i still know that killing off a bunch of wolves isnt going to help.

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from Walt Smith wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

I don't think its unusual at all. Whats happening is the wolves are figuring out that livestock are easier to catch and kill than wild game. Thats why our ancestors killed them off in thee first place.

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from RJ Arena wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Maybe the PETA people will

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from coho310 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

They should open a wolf season, and close it when they feel like the wolves are at safe numbers.

Do those ranchers on night patrol use a .30/06 with a night scope? I heard that from someone, but maybe this was about 'yotes.

Ha ha ha, RJ Arena, nice comment, +1.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Seems history is repeating itself. No surprise.

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from babsfish4life wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Livestock are easier to kill than elk? That may be true but they have already eaten all the elk. In a wolfs eyes, livestock are "food storage", always there when the elk aren't. Sad that these wolves were introduced. I like the talk of putting them in central park, their response would be the same as us Idaho, Wyoming and Montana people years ago: "but we don't want them here!". We would give the same answer that they did "we don't care."

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from Walt Smith wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

RJ Arena, I like your thoughts! The folks out west ought to set a few live traps for wolves then truck them into central park and let them free! I wonder how Bloomburg would handle that with PETA telling him there is no season in NYC?? Man it would be fun to watch.

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from RJ Arena wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Sorry, cat jumped up on the computer! I was saying , maybe the PETA people will go up and "teach the naughty wolves to eat grass and carrots" The wolves would not eat the PETA people, no meat on their bones.
Seriously it is about time the government goes in and will try to fix some of the mess they created! Ranching is hard enough in good times, you don't need wolves killing your livestock and putting you in the poor house.
If people love wolves so much, put them in Central Park, or Golden gate park. Then see how much they are appreciated!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from 60256 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

There is a book called "The Loop" by Nicholas Evans. The plot is almost the exact same as what is happening here. Wolves killing livestock, people killing wolves, government getting involved.

Nate

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from jeffo52284 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

this is not a surprise at all. why are they surprise to see that as wolf numbers go up so do livestock casualties. wolves are going to get hungry and eventually find out that cows are easier to kill than elk. at the first of the article it says that they are trying to kill the wolves. if they need help sign me up my 30-06 and I can be in Montana in a couple hours

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Doesn't this sound like the predator eradication programs of the past? Here'e Your Sign, Feds!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from steve182 wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Helicopters involved?

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

Instead of Central Park why not at the U.N.?

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Wolf Kill wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

Any of you live out here, where the problem is? Being distanced by 1,000...1,500...2,000 miles from where wolves are destroying the past hundred years (and billions of sportsman dollars) of conservation work to rebuild big game populations kind of dilutes one's perception of how bad things really are. Here in Montana, the problem is compounded by a state wildlife agency (MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks) that has either thrown in the towel...or has sold out to either the federal government or the anti-hunting environmental groups. They just don't give a damn any more, and totally ignore what hunters are telling them. Elk and deer herds are disappearing quickly, and in many areas hunter harvests this fall were down 45- to 50-percent. Still, MT FWP claims that big game populations are "well above objective". Which is a bunch of hogwash. Sportsmen in this state have been pushed to the limit, and a revolt is about to take place. We're tired of being lied to, and treated like idiots. Change is at hand, and that may include an entire house cleaning at MT FWP. Likewise, we need to kill off at least half the wolves in this state, or there's no way in hell that the decline in elk and deer numbers will reverse itself. For more on this, do a Google search for LOBO WATCH.

Toby Bridges
Missoula, MT

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from the captain wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

Montana ranchers argued against reintroducing wolves. They said "wolves will eat our livestock." Now, one of my buddies who owns a small ranch, has to deal with wolves preying upon his livestock. The federal government, in its infinite wisdom, is endangering his livelihood. Now, it is illegal for him to protect his stock by shooting wolves. Solution: wolves are just big coyotes, treat them accordingly.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from dickgun wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I feel quilty to think that now you'all know what we continuously fight here in Alaska due to PC, EPA, PETA,et al, regarding wolves, resource development, and control of our live style. Direct your venom toward your congressmen, legislators and local authorities and build a constituency that just might give you some support by voting out the incumbents who are doing this. Things are not going to get any better if we continue to allow the noisy minority to control our lives.
All best for a better New Year!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from backlash wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I have strong feelings that wolves need to be managed to lower numbers than what is being carried in many areas of the country (like MI, MN and WI) Here in MI they move in an area and the deer are gone and that is not an exageration. From an economic perspective, the loss of revenue from people that would have traveled to hunt deer but don't due to the low numbers surely is not made up by wolf lovers coming up to try and see a wolf! A coworker's beagle was just killed this week by three wolves when he was rabbit hunting and two years ago a neighbor had their dog killed in their yard while they yelled at the wolf. Getting to be where I wonder about the safety of kids outside. A friend put it well - for all the wolf lovers that say "the wolves were here before us" he would like to distill some T-Rex DNA and bring some back to life and then stock them in their back yards!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Wolf Kill wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Perhaps it's time to clean out a few "nature lovers" and "bird watchers" that staff the DNR departments in MN, WI and MI...and replace them with "big game hunters". Our game departments seem to have jumped from the sportsman's ship, and have taken harbor aboard the agenda's of anti-hunting environmental organizations like the Defenders of Wildlife...the Humane Society of the United States...or the Center For Biological Divesity - organizations that have not spent one red cent on real conservation work. And who's income comes primarily through frivolous environmental lawsuits.

In other words, these groups feed on the conservation work that hunters have funded for the last hundred years like maggots feeding on rotten flesh.

Toby Bridges
LOBO WATCH
Missoula, MT

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from SadieNicolle wrote 3 years 48 weeks ago

First of all why does everyone want to start killing wolves? they just got taken off the endangered species list...If we keep going about this the way we have been for the last hundred years, wolves are going to be put back on the endangered species list and on and on... Yes our ancestors did kill the wolves off as you people are trying to do now. Havent you figured it out yet? If killing a bunch of wolves hasnt worked before, why in the world do you think it will work now? think about it. I live in Kalispell, Montana and i love wolves. I also know what its like to have your livestock killed and i still know that killing off a bunch of wolves isnt going to help.

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