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Why Anti-Hunters Are Dead Wrong About Wolves

by David Hart   |  February 21st, 2014 203

Why Anti-Hunters Are Dead Wrong About WolvesThings were pretty good the first year Drew Johnson and a group of friends hunted elk in Montana’s Gallatin National Forest. He arrowed a 4×5 bull near the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in 2000, but things went down hill the next season.

“Every time we tried cow calling or bugling, we called in wolves. We saw quite a few elk carcasses, and we heard wolves howling around us every night,” recalls Johnson, a Farmville, Virginia, dentist. “We never saw an elk.”

He and his friends moved to a different part of Montana and had a few good years before the wolves eventually caught up to them again. The elk disappeared, so last fall Johnson and his friends booked a hunt with a New Mexico outfitter, a move they plan to make permanent.

“I’m not going back to Montana,” he says.

Johnson isn’t alone. Hunters are abandoning some parts of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, turning their attention instead to wolf-free states. The number of non-resident elk hunters traveling to Idaho was down 23 percent in 2011, and for the first time in 30 years, Montana did not sell all of its non-resident elk licenses during the general drawing in 2012.

No wonder. As wolf populations have increased, big-game numbers spiraled downward. There is no better example than the elk herd north of the Yellowstone border, the same region Johnson used to hunt. Land that once had 19,000 animals in 1995 now holds less than 4,000.

Elk numbers in other wolf territories are experiencing similar declines, despite assurances from some pro-wolf groups that the predators would only prey on the sick and weak. Turns out, they are taking a huge toll on elk calves, too. Cow-to-calf ratios in some parts of Montana have fallen to as low as 11 calves per 100 cows, a number too low to maintain current populations. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks cut the number of elk licenses in some units as a result.

Despite populations six times above the minimum recovery goal of 300 wolves and despite their devastating impact on wildlife and hunting, some anti-hunting organizations still aren’t satisfied. An attorney representing Earthjustice recently requested the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) allow the region’s wolf population to grow as high as 5,000 animals. A single wolf can kill up to 35 elk per year.

The Service balked, but even after several hunting seasons with increasing quotas and bag limits, the northern Rocky Mountain wolf population has declined only slightly from a record 1,800 animals.

Wolf populations are booming in the Great Lakes, too. They were removed from the Endangered Species List in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota in 2011, and all three states have held at least one hunt since then. An estimated 3,700 wolves live in the northern Great Lakes region.

That’s not good enough, either. The Humane Society of the United States is suing the USFWS over the Great Lakes region delisting. Defenders of Wildlife declared a “national wolf emergency,” calling the current USFWS proposal to delist wolves nationwide a “disaster.”

Defenders continue to refer to the managed wolf hunts as “slaughters,” and the Sierra Club also urged its members to “help stop the wolf slaughter” on a Web page that conveniently solicits donations.

The “slaughter” both anti-hunting groups are referring to involves carefully managed, highly regulated, closely monitored hunts, such as the one in Wisconsin.

The 2013 season was closed when hunters and trappers reached the established quota of 251 in just a few weeks.

“Our state management plan calls for a minimum population of 350 animals. The population is somewhere between 809 and 839,” says Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources large carnivore specialist Dave MacFarland.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service set a minimum threshold of 100 wolves between Michigan and Wisconsin. There is no risk we would ever drop below that number and a very low risk we would fall below our state management objective.”

He adds that the DNR sold just 2,510 wolf tags, and all successful hunters are required to report their kill within 24 hours.

“We close each unit once the quota is met for that unit,” he says. “We have more information on wolves than any other animal in the state.”

So does Minnesota, which has an estimated 2,200 wolves. The hunter success rate last year was just seven percent. Nearly 20,500 Montana hunters and trappers, including 247 non-residents, bought wolf tags in 2012. They killed 225 wolves, the quota set by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Wolf populations have declined slightly.

That may be good news for Western big-game hunters, but populations continue to rise in Oregon and Washington, which do not have a regulated hunting season—at least not yet. Neither state had a confirmed resident wolf as recently as 2008.

Now they have 89 wolves between them, a number that is certain to rise, even if the proposed nationwide de-listing allows both states to adopt a managed wolf hunt.

Despite continued fear-mongering from anti-hunting groups, carefully controlled hunts are gradually becoming ingrained in state wildlife management agency programs. The general public is also comfortable with regulated wolf hunts.

A Wisconsin survey found that more residents supported the state’s hunt than opposed it, with a large majority of those living in wolf country supporting it. Two-thirds of Michigan residents support wolf hunting.

Even with growing public support, or more likely, a growing indifference, anti-hunters continue their campaign against state management of wolves. Keep Michigan Wolves Protected has gathered enough signatures to place the issue on the state ballot. More troubling, Earth First!, a militant environmental group, recently distributed a booklet describing methods of sabotaging wolf hunts and trapping efforts.

“We’re completely against the harming of living things,” said Earth First! spokesman Grayson Flory in an interview with the Missoulian.

Apparently, no one told him about the impact of wolves on elk or elk hunters like Johnson.

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  • overthehill

    Given that over 1 million people commented on the proposal to delist wolves– most of those in opposition- I would question the claim that most people are comfortable with regulated wolf hunting. Killing an animal that isn’t eaten does not go over well in many circles. Are hunters ever concerned about general public perception? Are hunters concerned that the ranks of anti-hunters may be growing over this?

    • jackiemeckel

      Until you live in an area effected by wolves you have no real clue as to the destruction they do. I have had them within 15 feet of my front door. You can be sure that I won’t put my kids, livestock or pets at risk. Delist them and list them as predators, not big game animals..

      • Pete Braun

        You don’t want to live in the same area as these animals? Then get the fuck out. It’s much easier for you to relocate than it is for the wildlife to do so.

        • sjsj

          Not when you kill them the fuck out its not as man kind we are on top of the food chain and we say what lives where and what doesn’t

          • Guest

            You are not top of the food chain. You are worthless rural vermin.

        • Russell Morgan

          Better yet, we will just kill the wolves.

          • Guest

            Wolves will continue harvesting elk, deer, and moose you anti-wildlife POS and your daddy will continue being a registered sex offender. A good hunter is one that dies of cancer. Got it Lil Rusty?

          • Guest

            The wolves will continue harvesting the elk, deer, and moose and YOU will continue being the LOSER son of a registered sex offender. ;)

          • Guest

            The wolves WILL continue to harvest the elk, deer, and moose and you will considering being the LOSER son if Evan Edwards Morgan. hahaha

          • Nonameever

            Just kill off the ruminates because they eat too much of the federal range land and everyone loves cows

          • James Holloway

            Now here is an intelligent suggestion. We kill off the ruminates which leaves them preying on what???? YOU? cause I have a little metal pill they recieve before hurting person or property when I’m there. But let’s say your logic comes to pass and we’ll ignore the next guest on the lunch menu….What hapen’s when the hooved critters are removed. Well to tell you the truth, Yellowstone is about to become the biggest fire danger zone in the Rocky Mountains. Why, you might ask? When the grass isn’t eaten down both in the riparian zones and along ridge tops you have extreme fire danger. One lightening strike and it all goes up like a match! How’s that work for ya? Everything is connected including the balance of predators to prey and prey to sustainable range, predator impact and implications management which includes fire problems. Now everyone gets to pay the Feds and states to fight that little blaze which then will impact the tourism and buisness sections of the economy. As if they haven’t already….Cause and effect, effect is cause of effect. Circle doesn’t stop unless properly managed. Mother nature throws everything through cycles and man has the opportunity to build sustainable levels through integrated management NOT POLITICAL HACKS interfering with good science. MORONS!

        • Guest

          Not really, It”s much easier to just shoot the SOB’s that move. Just remember the three SSS”s.

          • Guest

            A good wolf hunter is one that gets terminal cancer or better yet, Echinococcus granulosus

        • lmdk2

          Not really. It would be much easier just to shoot the SOB’s than move. Just remember the three S’s !!

          • Guest

            Do the world a favor and turn the gun on yourself you rural inbred POS

          • Nonameever

            you mean shit sit and watery shit?

        • Guest

          Well said Pete. If these terrorists don’t like wildlife, they can move. i hope Echinococcus granulosus infects many many worthless hunters

          • 2011bullyelk

            You are all being extremely childish. Really?! You actually want hunters to die from this? You should win the humanitarian of the year award. Hunters actually are part of the natural food chain, just like wolves. Don’t get me wrong, I hate these critters. We will keep killing these, the wolves are actually attacking dogs in the early afternoon in the area I live in. They killed a penned up colt a couple of days ago. They are ruthless. Also, you have to degrade this guy because of his fathers’ status? Maybe you should do some more research on your beloved wolves so you can have more of an objective view of both sides. I am also hearing rumors that wolves may have been responsible for a couple of hikers’ deaths this last year. The bodies were too tore apart to figure it out for sure. I am sure the Feds will cover it up though if it ever were proven that is how they were killed. Have a good day.

          • Guest

            You are a wildlife hating terrorist. The wolves will keep harvesting elk, deer, and moose. You lose

          • Nonameever

            Was your penned up colt male or female?

          • Russell Morgan

            Are you really that stupid or are you trying to be funny?

          • Nonameever

            People like you generally call all foals colts because of your great familiarity with horseys

          • Russell Morgan

            You are a complete idiot.

          • LT8715

            The first person to have been proved to be attacked and killed by a wolf was a jogger in AK in 2010. Last night, I had to listen to a wolf attack/kill a small dog on the other side of swamp. If anyone thinks having a wolf in their neighborhood is a great idea, come and get ours. Take them home. see if your next door neighbor appreciates it. And if you really think they are safe to be around (I have heard some people say they will not attack humans) take your grandchild to the zoo. Throw them into the wolf cage. See what happens.

        • howler1968

          Why not re-intro wolves into all of their supposed historical habitat?
          The plan is not just to save the wolf…….it’s to remove domestic livestock from public lands and to eliminate hunting by private citizens on public lands.
          The wolf is the tool.

          • Nonameever

            Eliminate public funding of cows and restore the foodsource for native species

          • howler1968

            How about the public funding of wolves?
            There’s a bunch of public funding going on that shouldn’t.
            There are no predators to control the ever increasing wolf populations…..not enough griz to be a controlling factor. A few may perish due to the pitfalls of existing in the wild. The only threat the wolves have is mange and rabies.
            If you would agree to the supervised and regulated hunting of wolves based upon science instead of viewing every wolf as Rin Tin Tin then maybe…..maybe we can come to some agreement. The revenues generated from wolf control would be used exactly as the revenues from pronghorn,elk,sheep or other targeted animal forms that were once in dire straits.
            But that’s not the plan……the plan has always been to remove livestock from public lands and to eliminate public hunting from public lands.
            The wolf is just the tool.
            Just like domesticated dogs and other canines they will reproduce til they consume their prey. The wolves are targeting the old and especially the young.
            The elk herds in Yellowstone are approaching the brink of collapse because the ratio of calves and young elk to mature elk is widening and widening.
            If your side would live up to the agreed upon conditions,the wolves could co-exist. But your side has broken every agreement.
            Ranchers that have lost cattle and other livestock have not been reimbursed on a timely basis or NOT AT ALL…….and that was a point that your side fought tooth and nail against from the very beginning.

          • James Holloway

            The food source is their for native species, but one of those predator species is killing the herbivores at an astronomical unregulated rate that cannot be sustained and that will result in the uneaten vegetation becoming a higher than normal FIRE HAZARD and other predators starved due to the imbalance of competition. The imbalance is caused by man introducing a non-native species for his own emotional pleasure irregardless of the horrendous consequences that are self evident. It is now a geographical mess, geopolitical mess and geometric mess illustrated by graphs that told the story before it became a story. This really shows the stupidity of man when his emotions over ride his better judgement. Common sense is thrown out and emotional tripe becomes feel good policy and continues to control even by strangling anything that opposes it. The cause of fools and ingratious people that see no father than their own FEELINGS. Their brain has become a repository only for anal-optic views and spews. They see the world only as they can see it and anyone in their way should be killed to get their way. Several of us have had our life threatened on this blog and with that I now rest my case. I do not give up how ever.

          • Pete Braun

            So that hunters and ranchers can do whatever they want on land that is owned by taxpayers? That belongs to ALL of America? I think not.

          • James Holloway

            NO Petey; the Federal and State land is managed with Federal and State over-site. Maybe you should get a copy of the regulations and stipulations for use before embarrassing yourself with indolent statements? You need to get over your emotional addiction and use your brain for more than a hat rack. No, for several of you, you should know, I’m not a cowboy, I’m not a rancher or a farmer but have training in Biology and Environmental Economics. The one thing that annoys me most and it won’t matter which side that does it, and that is making idiotic statements from emotional outbursts that have no truth in them but are enveloped in mysterious quotes and numbers that have nothing behind them. The wolf is a problem because you can’t keep them in a territory as they move great distances and do great damage if not kept in check. They must develop a fear of man and right now few have it. There is so much wrong with your comments Petey, that I shudder at the hours of work it would take to prove to you how wrong you fools are. I know you believe what you say, but you are still wrong and you use gossip to stand for your science and little else. You oppose scientist that do studies and prove the problems and show the solutions and then make it all political anyway. You are about as Un-American as you can be without being a full fledged Communist….or are you? Just asking?

          • Pete Braun

            The only communist I see hear is you, James. All that revenue that hunting generates only goes toward protecting hunters’ playgrounds. That’s not real conservation. And it’s obvious that they’re being brainwashed to side with hunters and trappers, possibly out of fear of retaliation. I know this for a fact. Don’t believe it? Well, that’s too bad.

          • Pete Braun

            The only communist I see here is you.

        • Russell Morgan

          We relocate the wolves into the food chain with a bullet to the guts. Need a tissue Petey boy?

          • Pete Braun

            Want a bullet in your gut, sahib? Keep this up, and that’s what’s likely to happen to you.

          • Russell Morgan

            You are a pathetic joke Pete. You aren’t scaring anyone you loser.

          • Pete Braun

            Oh, really? Last time I checked, the real pathetic loser is you.

          • Russell Morgan

            LOL You just stick to your video games Petey boy. Wolf season is open till June. We still have tags to fill.

          • Pete Braun

            Keep on signing your own death certificate, Russell. I know where you live.

          • Pete Braun

            I’ve got a Russell Morgan tag with NO expiration date. And I’ve got several more I can hand out.

      • lmdk2

        Wait til they move into Seattle suburbs and one grabs Muffy or Tuffy off the back porch, they maybe, just maybe the Huggers will get a clue !!

        • Nonameever

          Hell my dog used to prefer raw meat and used to eat all the cats rabbits gophers whatever.

          • Bonney Bacon

            Too bad your neighbors didn’t report your dog’s habits–killing cats is not legal, especially by a dog. Kind of gets the cat’s owners irritated.

      • Guest

        If you don’t like living with wildlife. GET THE F OUTTA Idaho. You ignorant stupid redneck.

      • Nonameever

        You probably one of those people who run around killing off all wasps because of the dire risk to kiddie too

    • Nonameever

      Teddy Roosevelt sure wasn’t concerned and the wolf eradication was his idea because they interfered with his hunt

  • Pete Braun

    This article is full of one steaming pile of shit after another. The only areas where the general public are okay with these killings are those who have been brainwashed into accepting them. Those pro-wildlife organizations you speak of have every right to oppose those of you who want this slaughter. That’s right, slaughter. I don’t buy that euphemistic language that’s being thrown around. Besides, these state game agencies say these are “controlled hunts”. That’s just their euphemism for the wildlife equivalent of all-out genocide. The way these people pervert the English language is pathetic. They’re as bad as the “Right To Life” people. And that’s a hard group to surpass in that department. Especially since most “Right To Life” people are in favor of the death penalty, and they support the South American death squads (assuming those still exists), and they’re against gun control, and they’re against nuclear weapons limitations. When they say “right to life”, they’re talking about their right to decide who lives and who dies.
    And another thing: Doesn’t it strike any of you as ironic that the people who don’t want to share the land with wolves are people who shouldn’t even be living near them in the first place? You don’t want to share the land with these animals, then move out. It’s not that difficult. It’s attitudes like that that are turning the public against hunting. Hunting is a dying activity that is no longer sustainable. Only an apocalyptic catastrophe that would wipe out the vast majority of the human population would make hunting sustainable. Plague, supervolcano eruption, asteroid or comet impact, gamma ray burst striking Earth. Pick your poison. That last one could wipe out 90-95% of the current human population. Low enough to make hunting sustainable again. Think about that.

    • 257

      You sir are either uneducated or misinformed about this issue.

      • Russell Morgan

        You have to understand you are talking about Pete Braun. This guy is severely mentally deficient on all levels.

        • Guest

          You are the LOSER son of a registered sex offender. It’s only a matter of time before

          Echinococcus granulosus starts infecting the worthless bodies of wolf hunters ;)

        • Guest

          Says the LOSER of a registered sex offender. Come on Rusty, tell everyone the truth about ya daddy. Wolves WILL continue harvesting elk, deer, and moose. You lose you anti-wildlife terrorist POS

        • Guest

          I hope your wife Emma and your two bastard sons get e granulosus. You’re still the LOSER SON of a registered sex offender. You LOSER. hahahaah Wolves will continue harvesting elk, deer, and moose year round and you will continue being the loser son of a registered sex offender. hahaah You lose

          http://www.homefacts.com/offender-detail/IDSX22193/Evan-Edward-Morgan-Jr.html

        • Pete Braun

          No, Russell, you are the mentally deficient one. Not to mention genetically defective.

      • Pete Braun

        Not as misinformed as you.

    • MFH

      A rant of a typically uneducated zealot. Devoid of facts and full of hyperbole!

      • Pete Braun

        You just described yourself.

      • Pete Braun

        At least I’m not a biased, shoot-em-up just for fun, gutless loser. Unlike you.

    • LT

      When you sit at the top of the food chain yes you do decide what lives and what dies. It comes down to the fact that one single wolf kills 35 or more elk per year. Elk that people are paying thousands of dollars to hunt. SO YES Elk are worth Way more then wolves. Wolves are predators that do far more damage then they are worth. So if you want to call it a “Slaughter” then Slaughter every damn one of the wolves. Have you ever seen a wolf eat an elk, moose or deer while it is still alive? That is one of the most brutal things you will ever witness. Or they kill an elk, moose or deer just for the hell of it and leave it lay and never return to consume it? That my friend is slaughter. Wolves slaughter their pray far more brutally then humans would ever imagine doing.

      • Guest

        You hunters are worthless anti-wildlife vermin. A good hunter is one that gets terminal cancer and dies from it. Wolves will continue managing elk, deer, and moose. You lose anti-wildlife terrorist

      • Pete Braun

        That’s because the wolves can’t stand upright and operate a weapon. The closest any canid has to hands are their own jaws. If those jaws could work a rifle, you’d see a lot cleaner kills, I’ll guarantee you that.
        The elk are the real disease-ridden vermin. And they can’t keep the spread of those diseases in check themselves. Predators are needed to do that. And never mind ordinary diseases, what’s gonna happen to those Satan-footed vermin when some super-virus comes along that can turn their vital organs into liquid garbage. I’ll tell you what will happen to them, they’re gonna get sick, they’re gonna die, you’re gonna lose your hunting opportunities, and you’re gonna deserve it, ’cause your ignorant, brain-dead, and only want the elk around so you can kill them yourself. Well, guess what? That ain’t gonna happen.

    • Evan Edward Morgan

      This is nowolves/Russell Morgan’s father Pete. How are you doing? You can google me and type in my name Evan Edward Morgan

      • Pete Braun

        You don’t scare me. You are all the same. Weak without your guns. Pathetic.

    • brucelanc

      Following a link in another of your posts led me to the fact that you are one of those who spiked trees, blew up forestry equipment, maimed and murdered loggers and forestry workers, blew up offices of logging companies etc. You are a scumbag terrorist and it still to this day shocks me that every single one of you were not arrested, tried, and sent to the electric chair.

      • Pete Braun

        Electric chair is where the REAL terrorists like YOU belong.

      • Pete Braun

        The electric chair is where you belong.

      • Pete Braun

        You are the one who belongs in the electric chair. And I will gladly assign you your executioner and have the title track from the Ride The Lightning album playing as you die.

  • Rischa

    The wolves without natural predators have multiplied entirely too fast, there is nothing wrong about selling tags for them as well. There will be no balance in Yellowstone if they continue to let the population out if control…where are they going to migrate when they have killed off all the wild game…think about it, not only that but the amount of money Hunters bring into the conservation programs far outweighs what the anti people bring…look at the statistics for each one as far as being a non profit CEOs are getting rich off misleading and false info

    • Nonameever

      Then lets get some workups on the Dire wolf and set up some wolf predators

      • Russell Morgan

        I am the wolf’s predator as are many other hunters.

        • Nonameever

          Your tapeworms are predating on the food you eat

  • Russell Morgan

    If the wolf recovery plan was followed this would not be happening. Management was supposed to be turned over to the states when the recovery objectives were met in 2002. That did not happen because the wolf advocates sued in federal court using lies and fraud to keep their precious wolves protected no matter what. Now we have to go to extreme measures to reduce their population back to the objective set in our state wolf management plan which is higher than that set in the wolf recovery plan.

    • Guest

      Wolves will continue managing elk, deer, and moose lil Rusty. Cry about it as much as you want. Tell everyone about your daddy Evan Edward Morgan/ A good wolf hunter is one that gets infected with Echinococcus granulosus

    • Evan Edward Morgan

      I love you my son Russell. I know you’re a loser, but I still love you.

      • Guest

        I googled you and now I see why Rusty is a loser and is afraid to admit the truth about you. LMFAO

    • Pete Braun

      Because we knew what the states would do. And why they can never be trusted and why they should surrender their privileges and just drop dead.

    • James Holloway

      Here, here, you are right on!

  • Cory Goulding

    I think there are two agenda’s first the rich exclusive landowners like Ted Turner want to run out the ranchers so they can buy up the land and the wolves eating livestock helps put the ranchers in trouble. Then the Ted’s can landlock up the prime land. Second the animal activists are loving the fact that the wolves are decimating the heards of elk etc because it will ultimately eliminate hunting, they aren’t about saving all animals they are simply anti human hunting. If animals (non human) kill other animals that is the way of the wild, but humans hunting animals with “GUNS” of all things is just horrible, in their pathetic little narrow minds.

    • Nonameever

      Why is public funding critical to finance private range land for domestic ruminants on federally protected land, where presumably native wildlife has priority to food sources?

      • Russell Morgan

        Very few ranchers receive any federal subsidies. You also have no idea how many other products you use every day that come from the cattle industry other than beef. Just another clueless citiot.

        • Nonameever

          Your lease of federal range land is a federal subsidy. Yu are ranging cattle on federal land on the public dole, consuming food otherwise reserved by Congress to wildlife. You and the subsidized ranchers are parasitic on federal trust

          • Russell Morgan

            Its not a subsidy when you are paying for it you moron. Maybe you should have stayed in school?

          • Nonameever

            Uh pay for federal range land lease? HAhahahhahahahahahahahaahahhahahahahahhahaahhahahahh

            Cops prosecute people who buy below market value for receiving stolen property fairly routinely, try again with that paid for lease of federal grazing rights. What a joke

          • Russell Morgan

            Your analogy is ridiculous as are your uninformed comments.

          • James Holloway

            Okay, who gave you the key for the rubber room and took your straight jacket off? You aren’t suppose to be out late at night and you can’t play in the street any more. You just aren’t adaptive enough to play in that riparian zone. Biologically speaking…….in other words, YOUR STUPID!

      • James Holloway

        Here you go again…..farmers get the subsidies and they are not ranchers…..I don’t want to explain the difference to you. I’ve worked on both, but I’m neither. I’m starting to not like you. You need to really do some study rather than emotionally vomit all over everyone you get in front of. Really dude, make the popping noise and get some air.

        • 1Big_Bill2

          Hey cowboy. Next season what will your wildlife people do when they find more dead hunters, with at least two bullets in them and no dead wolves. I guess that we will have a party to celebrate
          .

  • lmdk2

    Spent two days in Yellowstone in May of 2012, did not see ONE elk calf or ONE Buffalo calf. Very few Elk, but I did see one Wolf.

    • Guest

      wah wah wah you worthless anti-wildlife terrorist. Elk, deer, and moose will continue to be managed by the wolves all year round you anti-wildlife terrorist

      • Ivan

        Пішов на хуй, ви бруд мішок, шматок лайна! Ви говорите багато лайна через вашої маленької гостьовий увійдіть Boom! Вниз йде вовк.

    • Guest

      Elk are meat animals meant to be fed to the wolves, bears, and cougars you ignorant dumb POS. You lost you anti-wildlife terrorist. Elk, deer, and moose WILL continue to be managed by their APEX PREDATORS the wolf bear, and cougar.

    • Nonameever

      And how many tourists did you see? Funny how wildlife come out at night when people aren’t traipsing about trying to see them

  • Madmax

    It’s scary seeing what the eco terrorists are doing, Even their fake films they post are wrong, showing themselves cruelly mistreating animals all in the name of oh we have to stop this. the false information they supply with no facts, or science behind it. most probably live in big cities and never seen anything more wild then at the local zoo they are typical Americans brainwashed into believing the crap they spew. Yet our government does nothing to control them they worry more about were their next pay cheque will come from. I remember as a kid seeing tons of elk in Yellowstone, when I was there last year none. So someone needs to go look at these areas and see and say gee maybe we were wrong. It’s time we asked the government who has a policy against terrorists to use it and lock these people up. Before they get out of control. (which they already are). Anyways comment if you like I won’t be reading your garbage. as they say garbage in garbage out. people need to not reply to them and just ignore what they say. read it laugh at it and know what is real. don’t give them fuel for their fire don’t like or dislike them. read an ignore! they are not worth the time of day.

    • Guest

      The eco terrorists are you hunters. A good hunter is one that gets stage 4 cancer.

    • Nonameever

      How about that beagle shown having been eaten by wolves? terrible terrible with those tiny teeth marks on that beagle’s belly. Must ‘ve been a whole big 40 pound ringtail wolf

      • James Holloway

        You need to shut up and study before you open your fool mouth. That is no beagle you numb skull. I tried to give you some room but the more I follow your drivel the more stupid you appear??? How would you mistake a hound (75 pounds) for a beagle that would be 25-30 pounds??? Please don’t embarrass yourself further. You are showing signs of emotional inept social analoptomic disorder. You have the innate ability to see things from the wrong angle.

    • Pete Braun

      The real eco-terrorists are the hunters and trappers, out terrorizing the wildlife. They are the ones who should be on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

  • Jason

    If you want wolves in your area, please feel free to call Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks at :
    Phone: (406) 444-2535
    Fax: (406) 444-4952
    E-mail: fwpgen@mt.gov
    We will be happy to re-locate our wolves to your area and have them eat your pets and game for a change. Thank you to all who volunteer

    • Guest

      The number of pets killed by wolves is very small and I haveZERO problems with wolves harvesting and managing the elk, deer, and moose populations you ignorant moron

      • Russell Morgan
        • Guest

          Federal law TRUMPS state law lil Rusty. You’ve been owned. hahahaah I understand your daddy Evan Edward Morgan is going to be on here shortly to talk to you. LOSER. hahahaha

          • Russell Morgan

            More dead wolves coming right up. LMFAO I wonder how much an endangered Mexican Wolf pelt goes for?

          • Guest

            More dead elk, deer, and moose are coming right up lil Rusty. I love angering you when I post facts that you cannot stand. You are hiding a secret you don’t want people to know about.

            http://mugshots.com/US-Counties/Idaho/Ada-County-ID/Evan-Edward-Morgan-Jr.8747279.html

            You will continue to get owned. hahahah

          • Russell Morgan

            The only thing you own is your ignorance and the cutting fact that we will continue to kill wolves and there’s nothing you can do about it but cry. Bwaaaahahahahahahahhahahahaaaaa

          • Evan Edward Morgan

            Wolves will continue to kill elk, deer, and moose YEAR ROUND and you
            will continue being the loser so of this man below. hahahahahaahah

            http://www.homefacts.com/offender-detail/IDSX22193/Evan-Edward-Morgan-Jr.html

          • Guest

            wOLVES will continue harvesting elk, deer, and moose year round and there is nothing you can do about it but cry. You will continue to be the loser son of a registered sex offender. hahaah I hope your wife and sons get infected with eg. hahahaha

            http://www.homefacts.com/offender-detail/IDSX22193/Evan-Edward-Morgan-Jr.html

          • Guest

            Russell Morgan is the loser son of a registered sex offender.

            Wolves will continue harvesting elk, deer, and moose from here on out and you lil Rusty will continue being the loser son of a registered sex offender. hahahaah I hope your wife and sons get infected with Echinococcus granulosus

          • Nonameever

            The Red Chinese used to import dog pelts too until the butchering process was exposed–they routinely skinned the dogs without bothering to kill them first, like hyenas–but you would exterminate hyena because of their hunting behavior.
            Wolves were decimated, as with most range animals by poison and traps.

          • Russell Morgan

            The skinned alive thing is a lie created by the lunatic ARA’s. Congratulations on being a gullible lemming.

          • Nonameever

            The skinned alive thing that was created by a lunatic was on film oh perfect one–it should still be available. Look for yourself

          • James Holloway

            Russel, I’m on your side, but, the live skinning in China/Mongolia is true. I’ve seen it. Gruesome, but has nothing to do with this blog.

          • Guest

            May your loved ones die of cancer. A good wolf hunter is a dead one

          • 1Big_Bill2

            Whoa lone Ranger…..” nothing you can do about it “….a bullet between your F–king eyes will take one moron out and then we listen then move on to the next. The slaughter will not be the wild life it will be you good ol’ boys spread over miles. Do not ever taunt people that you do not know. Many of us laid in snow killing better people than you hicks.

          • Russell Morgan

            Typical psychotic response from the mentally deficient ARA in need of medication and incarceration.

          • 1Big_Bill2

            No, sorry no need for medications. Just a simple body laying on the ground with a hole between the eyes and a little blood running down the face. The white facial hair would make wonderful contrast.

          • Pete Braun

            And when the pro-wolf people take back this country, you wolf killers will pay for your crimes with your lives.

          • Guest

            Elk, deer, and moose will continue to be managed by the wolves and you will continue to be the loser inbred son of the man below. hahaahha

            http://mugshots.com/US-Counties/Idaho/Ada-County-ID/Evan-Edward-Morgan-Jr.8747279.html

            You will continue to get owned. hahahah

          • Skippadoodoo

            Yeah Rusty, poaching sounds like one of the tools that you keep in your Mancave.

          • Russell Morgan

            Who said anything about poaching you ignoramus?

          • 1Big_Bill2

            Funny, I was just thinking about the price that your skin is worth. Hey, russ your Doctor is looking for you, time for your shot again. Do you still hear those voices.

          • Ebony Wolf

            I wonder when they are going to come up with human hunting season to control the population so I can get me a nice human head nailed to the wall

        • Guest

          Wolves will continue harvesting elk, deer, and moose YEAR ROUND and you will continue being the loser son of a registered sex offender hahahhaha

      • Frank

        Ignorant moron you say? Wolves don’t manage herds, they slaughter them.

        And the wolves are getting more brazen attacking dogs during the day near homes. But you live in the city so that doesn’t bother you either.

        http://rackemupblog.com/2014/02/24/attention-wolf-attacks-again-in-sun-valley/

        • Nonameever

          If you want to see a true ruminant slaughter, take a look at depredations by starvation and disease.

        • Russell Morgan

          This guest idiot lives in Ventura California and suffers from several severe mental deficiencies. You just have to pity pathetic people like this moron.

        • 1Big_Bill2

          Hey guys take a deep breath and repeat after me There are enough dogs within the United States to feed Wolves and Coyotes for thousands of years. Now, for all of you morons, why did your ancestors move into wolf and coyote living areas. Kind of stupid would not you say ? I say let the wild animals kill off you boobs. I, for one would love to see a video of you trying to running away from a pack. Ye Haw
          PS: we have Bears and Mountain Lions. We all get along very well thank you.

        • Ebony Wolf

          Hunters kill more idiot

          • les1755

            kill more wolves

      • Varron

        Ignorant moron? Interesting phrase to use. Have you seen a wolf hunt? Have you seen what a large wolf population can do to all game in an area? No? Awh that’s too bad. Respect for wolves is great but like all predators over population will lead to decimation of other species and when their normal food source is diminished they will look to others ( I.e. campers and hikers, domestic farms, and pets)

        • Nonameever

          Grizzlies kill for amusement, so since they are amused by killing they must not be permitted to survive because they make expensive hunting expeditions expensive.

          • Russell Morgan

            No one can possibly take you seriously after such an ignorant comment.

          • Nonameever

            Oh great wise one, people like you are the reason we have Hillary and Obama

          • Russell Morgan

            I would love for them both to be in prison for treason. Never voted for that useless bastard. You fail again.

    • lmdk2

      2 Jason >>> Don’t you just love it when somebody like “Guest” goes on a rant about something he/she knows nothing about. Great entertainment and good for a laugh !!

    • Nonameever

      I would be quite pleased to have wolves roaming Southern CA, please send a few females–they only range approximately 20 miles from birth, so the wolf population is easily destroyed by predating on females. It is the male wolf that ranges as much as 1500 miles

      • Russell Morgan

        Wrong again. There have been female wolves from Yellowstone killed over 100 miles outside the park. You clearly have no concept of reality. All you know are the fairy tales spun by the wolf worshipers.

        • Nonameever

          There have been instances of poodles traveling across the barren plains to reunite with lost family members. One hundred miles is insignificant, take a look at Teddy Roosevelt and his hunts oh worshipper of ruminants

          • Russell Morgan

            Your own words genius…” females–they only range approximately 20 miles from birth”. What DOW propaganda piece did you read that one on?

          • Nonameever

            Biology 101.

          • Russell Morgan

            Well reality says otherwise. Typical wolf worshiper without a clue to the real world.

          • Nonameever

            Real world people of Mexico rarely learn to read or write because those matters are outside their needs–your real world needs are painfully limited to applying for compensation for lost domestic range animals.

          • Russell Morgan

            Your ignorance is amusing yet pathetic.

          • James Holloway

            I could stand a debate until you started playing god. Go get another sand box and fill that for someone who cares about your pompous idiosyncrasies. You have a tiny bit of truth in some of your stories but you have no knowledge of these animals at all. What rock did you crawl out from under. I don’t recall having anyone so arrogantly misstate propaganda and tripe so well. You are pathetically amusing. I’m surprise that you walk and talk…..you can walk and talk right?

          • James Holloway

            You had the wrong book. I kept mine and you are full of scat!

      • James Holloway

        Wolves cover 100 miles a DAY! They are nomadic, following prey or looking for new food sources. The 100 miles is nothing for these creatures. It is how they survive over and over and over.

    • 1Big_Bill2

      Hey jay sony settle down and roll yourself another one of those wacky tebacky joints……how don’t you feel loved again ? You make a good offer, but ya see we already have these beautiful animals in our state along with black bears and mountain lions. I would love to take you cowgirls out on a hunting trip…….without guns…..just me, you and them.
      I’ll bet that you, the big bad hunter will shit all over yourself when we get within 15 / 20 feet near one of those 200 / 250 pound black bears. I’ll bet that you will cry like a two year old red head.
      Now if you happen to get stuck in a trap and that beautiful animal gets up on his hind legs, I’ll swear to you that I’ll run as fast as I can for help.

    • 1Big_Bill2

      Now jay sony, please do not tell me that you are using phone numbers that can be traced to you ? you are a bad, bad boy. Jay sony you have said many bad things to many people and if one can trace these numbers to you you could accidently get yourself tied to a tree up in those hills and wait until a pack comes along. I am certain that a video will be made so your loved one can see you feeding the wolves.

    • Ebony Wolf

      What game will the wolf eat? I thought wolves are animals not games…if your stupid and have a dumb animal companion it deserves to be killed…a true companion will defend you from any threat, had 3 German shepherds…now I have 1 because some bozo hunter thought they where wolves needless to say I took his gun and beat him over the head and my dog that has not bin shot disposed of him

      • les1755

        you are full of shit

  • Greg

    When you get down to brass tax there is nothing to point the finger at besides human greed and ignorance. Maybe if we had never killed them all off in the first place, and then severely disrupted elk migration routes. No one who discusses this really has any clue what they are talking about and it always turns into a personal battle between two (or thousands) of idiots who just regurgitate as much information they have picked up from biased websites on the internet. People who debate this like a political issue care about hunting, not elk.

    The ecological structure of the Rocky Mountain west has been so heavily altered by humans that it has created bigger problems than wolves that must be addressed. The inability for them to be a welcomed piece of an ecosystem in which they had previously inhabited for thousands of years just further highlights that. This is an ongoing process and with processes there is going to be success and failure. Things take time. People need to understand that.

    Funny how those damn wolves for decimating the American Bison as well.

    • Nonameever

      Decimating what Bison, what were there at the turn of the last century– 5,000 total? Maybe those dwarfed bison produced on Catalina Island released on range is the issue

      • Greg

        Yes at the turn of the century. The gene pool of the current herd is pretty diluted. Im saying that wolves managed to live all those years along side one of the single greatest sources of biomass the earth has ever seen without any problems what so ever. Then white greed showed up. 60 million bison gone in less than 100 years. PEOPLE are the problem.

        • Nonameever

          Buffalo extermination was solely to deprive Indians of food supply to wipe them out, same as Romans spreading the Chestnut virus to wipe out the Druid food source and independence of European populations, or any other invasion force for that matter.

          • Greg

            your point?

          • Nonameever

            Pearls before swine Greg, pearls before swine. Your style of crappy insinuation is formulaic, you need better methods.

  • Love to eat wolf

    Did you happen to notice the violence that every one of the anti hunters spew out of their stupid traps…never ceases to amaze me how these idiot wolf humpers wish death and destruction on their fellow humans all in the name of saving an animal. Make sure you watch Grizzly Man, the life of tim treadwell. He too thought he was a keeper of the wildlife…the bear whisperer…That guy was crazy as they come…just like you wolf kissers. In the end, what was left of his remains in a pile of bear shit, was cremated and fit into a copenhagen snuff can. Go hang out with your apex predators and let us know how that works out for you….you stupid city fu$$s

    • Russell Morgan

      It is amusing how utterly delusional the wolf worshipers are.

      • Nonameever

        Don’t forget the big bad wolf

    • Nonameever

      Why lump these jackass paid hunt morons with hunters–it gives everyone a bad name. These are sheep and cattle ranchers complaints
      And Disneyana anthropomorphisms who berate animals for being ‘evil’ or ‘bad’

      • James Holloway

        The guys with the little truck are coming for you……did you hear their voices….I did….they don’t like you!

  • Sherrill Philip Neese

    Great article, however, you need to get rid of picture 9/9. You have an excellent slide show on wolf predation, but then your last slide is of some chick in a bikini pouring water on some guy. It does affect the credibility.

    • Nonameever

      The doggie meal to hype the issue is credible though, eaten doggies are terrible–problem is it was probably eaten after dying in a raccoon hunt. Hardly looks like a 150 lb wolf kill or lunch for that matter

  • rickguyver

    you get a wolf hunting lic,how many can u wound,no law against being a bad shot!lol

    • Guest

      You anti-wildlife terrorist. Please do the world a favor and commit suicide

    • Guest

      You anti-wildlife terrorist. Please do the world a favor and commit suicide

    • Russell Morgan

      This is true. Just be sure to pack plenty of ammo.

    • LT8715

      I knew that my lack of shooting skill would come in handy sooner or later!

  • Britspanman

    Anti-hunters don’t give a damn about wolves except as another tool to end hunting. The wolf re-introductions were the best thing that happened for them, that is why they are advocating for additional states to re-introduce wolves. U.S. FWS and the various states that have uncontrolled wolf populations will slowly begin to feel the budget squeeze as more and more hunters cease buying big game licenses and when federal excise tax monies on hunting supplies begin to drop. These states will kill the geese that lay the golden eggs for them, we hunters.
    In Michigan the USFWS said a recovered wolf population would be about 300 individuals, we now have what the state estimates as 650, which I firmly believe is a low-ball estimate. Every animal population estimate, not count, ESTIMATE, has Confidence Limits around it, typically at the 95% level. I would like MI to publish the Confidence Limits around that 650 wolf estimate, within which the true number of wolves lies. Maybe they have used the low limit as the estimate and the true number is much closer to or exceeds 1000 wolves, no one knows for sure. Having written all this, I believe we can live with 300 wolves in MI, but, absolutely not at current levels.
    The big animal rights and anti-hunting groups, most notably the Humane Society of the United States have fooled local groups into believing that this is just a singular issue, when it really is part of their overall agenda. I know a musher couple that is part of a statewide save the wolf group and who have been quite vocal. What they fail to realize is that animal rights groups will take away their right to use their dogs as sled pullers. People are so foolish.

  • Jim

    1800 wolves X3

  • Britspanman

    I think that the commenter labeled “Guest” is a psychopath who is getting his jollies off as he sits in front of his computer. In any event, he is totally representative of the mindset of these anti- a–holes. They are the dregs of humanity, pretending to be humane.

    • Russell Morgan

      A pathetic psychopath who lives in Ventura California.

  • Evan Edward Morgan
  • nic name

    “beware the beast-man, for he is the devils porn. Alone amongst gods primates, he kills for sport, for lust.” I a Minnesotan have lived with wolves around my entire life never had a problem with them, sure they kill deer and SCARE people but what they do is just part of nature, remember that word NATURE??? us humans are the ones devastating our lands and forests and we are the ones who are responsible for the ecological problems of today. the wolf issue is not one of wolves and humans, it is a problem of man against nature. A wolf kills a deer a hunter sees it and says poor deer and bad wolf, but what is a wolf to do, starve?? most the complaints I hear about wolves are by big game hunters, just being upset that either the deer population has declined or their habbits have changed. we think that the world we live in has always existed as it is and the humans are somehow above the natural cycle. well we are not. a wolf threatens your life , kill it, but if you want to hunt one for sport, go out with just a knife and well lets see whos really number one on the food chain. also lets not forget we are animals too. yes they are ruthless killing machines but that is nature and they have no choice but to survive, its in their blood, people on the other hand have higher cognitive abilities and yet people CAN be much more ruthless, and cruel like many posts here on this site seem to prove. you don’t respect wolves then you don’t respect nature if you don’t respect nature then you don’t respect yourselves. stop being foolish and realize we are all part of this natural world and with our god given ability to think with reason, it is our job to protect and keep our world natural and beautiful, if not go live in a shit dump city and consume until you die like the majority!

    • James Holloway

      I have played with a wolf. I have been with in 15 feet and another time 20 yards of individual wolves on three occasions. I could’ve killed them all. I shot once to discourage it from coming closer. The wolves where you live are not the same as those in Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington State. They were brought down from a trapping program in Canada and lifted into Chamberlain Basin in Idaho in the late 70′s and during the 80′s. These animals are a subspecies of tundra wolves or arctic wolves. They grow to 250 pounds when mature. They will form packs of up to 30+ animals in a family group. They don’t care how they kill, when they kill, young, old, domestic or wild. Man has established seasons of harvest and overall seasons of protection which is usually 11 months of the year. Wolves kill 24/7 365 days a year. Man tolerates close proximity of others but still creates urban communities of cooperative agreements and other situation agreements. Wolves do not tolerate other packs and go to war to protect hunting territory. Man manages his harvest level by observing populations both short and long term to understand the impact on the animals, their prey and all other interrelated affected species. Harvest numbers are established under sound biological data on the carrying capacity of the habitat within the territory noted. Wolves don’t follow set patterns, don’t take advise other than react to negative input such as pain or death. The US INHUMANE Society is a sham and a ruse to supply certain lawyers and executives the funds to continue with a cause perpetual. They are the bane of all true groups interested in the welfare of wild animals and wild lands. Hunters put their money where their mouth is. They spend money that benefits the wildlife they hunt and all the peripheral animals within the same habitat benefit along the way as well. It is offensive to any logical human being to try an have a sane conversation with the emotionally inept and the emotionally starved ninny’s that some how think they understand what they have never experienced or truthfully studied exclusive of propaganda by those who’s only interest is manipulation for their own agenda and not the welfare of humans or animals. They manage only for ignorant emotional self interest and shameless money grubbing. Ranchers put their livelihood on the line to try and coexist with a species of animal that doesn’t ecologically belong in that habitat, in those numbers. As the prey animals disappear in increasingly expedited fashion, we can next expect the next course to be all things human. Pets, children, elderly, campers, hikers armed and unarmed. When this happens, lawsuits against the emotionally inept should proceed post hast so that the images of carnage may remain firmly imbedded in the mind of the court(s). The day of “shoot, dig and shut up”, will be implemented again in a case for survival, which is exactly what the settlers did originally against a much less adaptive animal than is being faced today. The original Grey Wolf of the Chamberlain Basin (all of the Western States) never exceeded 150 pounds and has become extinct through predation by wolves that were introduced against them. The weaker species has been fully eliminated by biological emotional engineering by feely touchy fools. These neophyte self appointed ambassadors of the wolf will be the undoing of most of the animal management programs across the country leaving nothing but devastation in its wake. The destruction has just only begun. Welcome to the Animal Kingdoms own version of Obama Care.

  • howler1968

    Open and look upon the lands that the pro-wolf want in Ariz and N Mex.

    http://thelastpack.org/meet-the-pack/

    • Nonameever

      Can’t do that, undocumented aliens use those areas for free migration

  • howler1968

    And it’s not just wolf habitat that they want……how about 50 MILLION ACRES for the jaguar…..scroll down to view the incredible land coverage they want.

    http://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2013/02/21/point-counterpoint-on-u-s-jaguar-habitat-rabinowitz-vs-provilitis/

    • Nonameever

      Jaguar roamed as far as Southern CA as late as 1981.

  • Old Man

    For tens of thousands of years wolves coexisted just fine with prey species like deer and elk, until something came along and mucked it all up..
    Oh that something?………that was us.

    • Nonameever

      Actually wolves were not an issue in the US before Teddy Roosevelt and his wolf eradication program

      • Russell Morgan

        Wolves have always been an issue where you have human presence.

        • Nonameever

          Only in the fantasy projections of those nursed on Disneyana– The Big bad wolf, soo evil.

          • Russell Morgan

            You are seriously delusional. You simply can not have historical populations of wolves where we have human settlement and human consumption of resources. We will continue to manage the wolves according to our states wolf management plan which calls for 150 wolves in Idaho. Thats all you get so get over it.

          • Nonameever

            All we have to do is remove federal subsidies for grazing rights on federal land to begin providing federal land for wildlife not domestic producton

          • Russell Morgan

            Not going to happen. Public land is for multiuse which will always include grazing of domestic livestock. Your opinions are irrelevant.

        • Nonameever

          Only in the fantasyland of Disneyana

      • James Holloway

        BS The only thing Teddy did was make a joint effort. Every farmer and every rancher took out wolves. The normal species adapted and gave man a wide birth. This new species eradicated the Rocky Mountain Grey Wolf that was half the size and much more elusive, naturally kept its numbers in check and lived in areas like Chamberlin Basin in Idaho. Old Man, you were right, when man started playing God with genetics and cross breeding carnivores of the Canid families we’ve had a mess ever since.

    • Russell Morgan

      That’s right. We are here now and the deer and elk are a resource for us. Not some mangy worthless mutt so our wolf hunting will continue as will our lethal control measures. It’s not 1805 anymore. Get over it!

      • Pete Braun

        That’s right, it’s not 1805. Time to lose the barbaric behavior and hatred. The extinction of the wolf hater can’t happen soon enough.

  • Old Man
  • Nonameever

    If a singe wolf eats 35 elk annually, how much natural elk range does a single public sponsored domestic cow eat? How may elk will starve because of public subsidy for domestic cow range in federally protected areas?
    Take the cow and the sheep and the goat out of federally protected areas first–they remove the natural environment critical to feeding the elk that the wolf eats.

  • debo
  • CommiesMustDie

    I cant wait to hunt enviromentalists once the stuff hits the fan and mayhem breaks out. If I smell hippy my trigger finger is going to get real itchy.

  • JP

    If hunters do such a great management job with wolves, why were wolves hunted to extinction in New Brunswick and Newfoundland? Hunters don’t give a sh*t about anyone else’s appreciation of nature.

    • K Black

      Well JP.. other than the fact that particular question would be better posed in Canada or researched in Canadian history and the Canadians wildlife management of the times….. there IS still this- (you should add it to your research) .. Its just a tiny bit, lets say.. ‘Impossible’.. to ever call any animal species of any kind on any continent ‘extinct’ when in fact there are 1,000s of them on that continent.

  • AH

    You a all just Red Necks that want to kill wolves and just talk with your beer.

  • ConsultingCannibal

    Whats wrong with wolves eating people? I mean people eat people and I think that is fine. So why not let the wolves eat humans too? It’d be fun.

  • Disappointed in humanity

    So you want to kill an animal that needs to eat so that you can kill that same animal for fun?

  • Dave

    there was a reason wolves was killed out years ago. I beleave we should do it again. Bunny huggers be damned they don’t live with them.

  • Fred Turner

    If you truly want to be informed about the wolves in North America and Europe so you can talk informalatively and correctly and honestly look up Mr. Jim Beers. He is a retired USFWS biologist and the most knowledgeable source I have ever read. I am a former NM game warden with a degree in Wildlife Management and can tell he speaks the unvarnished truth.

  • .375Foreveryhting

    I grew up in Wisconsin and I now live in South Africa where I am a licensed game ranger. I hunt here as I did back there. It’s really interesting to read all of the comments on this article. To me the fear and hatred being stirred up about wolves seems quite overblown. If a rebounded wolf population means that deer and elk are more weary and that there are less of them for the hunting community to shoot than so be it. Hunt longer, walk farther, track with greater attention to detail, and take full advantage of an opportunity when a shot presents itself. Deer and elk don’t exist on the land for the sole purpose of fulfilling the dreams of someones hunting trip. They fit into a larger ecosystem just as the wolves do. Don’t want your bear hunting dog to get taken out when resident wolves feel threatened? Don’t slap a radio collar on it and let it run out of sight. If that’s a practice you don’t want to change than just accept that as part of the risk of the hunt in wolf country. Better yet, grow a sack and develop the fitness and knowledge to track and hunt that bear without the aid of dogs. Whimpering that wolves “slaughter” all the animals and pets, etc. makes the American big game hunting community sound like a bunch of fat, lazy, pussies whose mommy decided to stop letting him watch TV and told him to go run a mile or something. Get uninformed people all stirred up about “them darn mutts” and you won’t have many or any wolves in the generations to come. Then you all can run around those huge manicured forests that you seem to think pass for wilderness that are empty of life save for the quarry species you favor, and call yourselves “hunters”. I carry .375 Ruger or .416 Ruger just to hunt smaller antelope species because of the dangers presented by many of the other animals on the landscape here in southern Africa. And that’s fine with me. In fact, it makes the hunt more real. I accept the risks and am a better hunter for them. I’ve never had to shoot anything that I didn’t set out hunt in the first place. Know your quarry and know the dangers of the wild and how to avoid them. I think this is something American hunters (at least outside Alaska) need to be reminded of because for the last 100-150 years you all have been living in candy land.

  • Ebony Wolf

    You know that 35 is a small number compared to how many elk humans take, when some idiot kills a wolf what do that do with it? Eat it( no one does) fur(every animal has it and deer fur is larger) thrill(you hunt for food not for fun)
    When a wolf comes when a elk call is presented that is because that are opportunistic because killing without weapons is hard. If you are going to kill a wolf,coyote,fox than kill your dog first because they are Related

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