Question: what about WILDFIRE??? Who is going to negotiate the inevitable hundreds of wildfires that occur in the Bitterroot National Forest each year? Does anyone really think the state of Montana can afford to spend millions---even billions---EACH SUMMER on fighting wildfires that OFTEN threaten the neighborhoods scattered throughout the modern Bitterroots??? I could see the state QUICKLY turning to the feds to not only fund their efforts in suppressing, monitoring, corralling, and manipulating wildfire, but also to be the one's who run the entire show. Bottomline: I just don't think the state has enough resources to handle the massive Bitterroot National Forest, particularly in terms of wildfire management.
You know, you guys put up some good articles, but there's never any comments on them. I can't help but think this is because you never reply to any comments. I mean, why do you even have this site? Did your mom make you or something?
I am a dog walker as well. We also have the right to be on public lands. I do put orange collars on my dogs. I feel really bad for the man who lost his beloved dog. Anybody who owns a dog, knows they are family. I personally feel this person was just wanting to shoot something. Justice needs to be served.
It's a joke. These states couldn't manage a picnic area let alone a national forest. The Selway-Bitterroot is a federal wilderness area. That's the next best level of protection, perhaps even more so, than a national park. Next stop Mt. Rushmore.
Max has been in office so long he no longer knows what is best for us. To survive
all these years, he has compromised so much that his principles are no longer clear,
even to him. Time to retire Max!
It was the original intent of the Constitution for States to be in control of their resources. It is about time that Montana take control and tell the US Government thanks but no thanks!
This woman is clearly not guilty. Look at the picture, for crying out loud. How can anyone with a booty like that be guilty of anything...except making hearts beat fast? I'd double-tap that!
The feds dumped wolves throughout the northwest, doing serious damage to ecosystems that weren't suitable. My rugged river valley in northern Idaho, the St. Joe River, has been drastically altered. I live at the back of a very small community, with an unobstructed view up our draw, and I used to count twenty to thirty elk in two herds up on the glades. They are gone, the most I've counted "post introduction" are 11. The grouse are gone, the wild turkeys are gone, my draw is suffering. Couger are becoming a "problem" all over the area - they are being out-competed and hunting dogs and cats. It doesn't help wolves to dump them into places they don't belong.
your comment relies on several points i don't think you have given enough thought to. one is that you refer to "huge herds". except for certain times of year, elk should not be found in large groups, and historically only ranged in groups of around a dozen or so animals. the fact that there were herds of any substantial size here in recent times tells me that something was actually wrong. large collections of animals like elk spread diseases and create loss of habitat due to overgrazing and other damage. these factors affect wildlife, and especially reproduction, much more than predation.
you do not indicate a time frame for when you were a child, but if it has been in at least the last 50 years, the fact that you used to see elk and deer "everywhere", but not now, might have something to do with the population levels of PEOPLE....and that with all of the development and growth we have seen, there simply are fewer and fewer places for ANY wildlife to exist as it is supposed to. you don't suppose that might have anything to do with it, do you?
you refer to a "natural balance between animal and man"....exactly what balance is that? with hunters now utilizing ATVs, higher-powered firearms, and other aids in locating and "harvesting" game animals, i fail to see anything that resembles "natural". add to that the higher numbers of hunters out in the field during Big Game season, and simply hunting for one's winter meat seems to have turned into an activity for frustration, not self-sustenance.
you are right that we haven't seen wolves in a long time, in some parts of the State...neither have the elk, and when elk figure out how to deal with the wolf, in these areas...as they had dealt with the wolf before humans took control of "wildlife management", they will probably start coming back, and probably to the very same ranges they had always been in...IF those ranges still exist.
your romantic notion of deer in the yard and easy pickings every hunting season is probably NOT the way things are supposed to be, and if you have seen changes in wildlife numbers, it might have more to do with human influences than anything wolves, or any other predator, are doing.
actual figures gathered by the F&G indicate that while numbers of elk are down in certain areas, they are steady in other parts of the State. there are DOCUMENTED reasons for drops in numbers of game animals, including the very reasons i have mentioned. if all you see is packs of wolves gratuitously killing wildlife, you are not looking at the facts.
I can tell you who the intelligent one is here. It’s the wolf and that is without question. The wolf has decimated the deer and elk population in the Bitterroot Valley and that I can testify to.
When I was a child growing up in the area you always seen elk, deer and mule deer all over the place. I can recall huge herds of elk roaming wild and free with the satellite bulls working hard to cut out some cows for there own. Elk and deer were everywhere and hunting them was just a natural part of life back then.
Local people didn’t trophy hunt or go on wild killing sprees shooting up the entire valley for sport like the supporters of the wolf would like people to think, and they don’t do it even today. No the elk and deer were hunted for food and there was a natural balance between animal and man. It was a great time in my life where people helped out each other and no one ever went hungry or depended on the grocery store to survive.
Since the wolf has been reintroduced in the environment those very majestic herds of elk are no more. The deer that used to come into our yard are forever gone and the local people who hunt see nothing but the wolf tracks.
The supporters of the wolf will tell you this is not true but they lie for there cause. I’ve seen it with my very own eyes and my freezer is empty and the families I know that depended on these hunts work even harder to feed the grocery store.
Why is this happening you ask? It’s because some people thought it would be a great idea to bring the wolf back. They never stopped to think that they were about to reintroduce a species into an area that the wolf has not been in for almost 100 years. A cunning hunter that thinks and hunts in a pack was turned loose into a population of elk and deer that had no fear of the species nor knew how to adapt to such a hunter. No thought was given to the elk or deer or the people that depended on them and that’s evident by the lack of harvesting of the species.
Now to your question. The reason so many tags are sold and such a small amount of wolfs are killed is simple. The wolf is a cunning and intelligent predator that can adapt to it’s environment extremely fast. It’s a fast learner and it teaches what it has learned to its young and the rest of the pack. That includes the avoidance of man. This is why and for no other reason, so don’t believe all the lies the wolf supporters put out there.
Be warned and don’t take the wolf lightly or you could find yourself on the wrong end of the wolf if you venture to far off the beaten path while out in the woods. The good news is that man also adapts quite well and you will see the number rise as the elk and deer wither away to nothing and the wolf moves into populated areas.
What's going on at the Missoula Pd? They've got female Lt's buggering male detectives, sexual assault allegations between detectives, union presidents arrested for kiddie porn, female detectives being "stalked" by wannabe lookalikes, etc. etc. Who's watching the shop here? Maybe we should be glad Chief Muir is leaving. Sounds like he ran a real tight ship.
Looks to me a lover has been jilted. Just sayin
So you citizens are the educated and honored supporters of the wolf. Is this how it works? You know hunting the hunter and making idle threats to those who hunt and trap? I sincerely believe none of you have and ounce of bold or honor between the entire gaggles of worthless garbage that you are.
The reality is that you’re no better than the radical terrorist I’ve fought for 10 years, defending your right to be unintelligent. Eco terrorist, I believe it’s called. You use the same process of misleading information, idle threats, bullying and harassment.
I’m not saying this about the article written, because it was quite good, but rather to the people that responded to the article. How pathetic you are and how unrealistic you seem.
I love Bridger Bowl but their incomprehensible beacon required Ridge terrain contributes to this idea of gradations to backcountry skiing. You must have a working beacon, but not necessarily a shovel, or probe, or skiing partner. Intended or not the message is clearly received: some terrain requires less precautions.
... So when it comes time to skin to Saddle Peak, who cares that you left your shovel at home? And why bother digging a snow pit? La-da-dee-dee-da
Shut up Dolores
shut up Dolores
This is one of the best articles I have ever been on.
Great job fighting for our wolves.
I will totally help hunt the hunters.
HA HA HA HA!!!
If you can't hunt successfully with a bowie knife or spear...your not a real hunter.
Hunt the hunter, like they hunt animals... Ohhhh, that's wrong you say???
Thank you Marybeth for a phenomenal article. You have a heart of gold we are blessed to have you as an avid supporter of saving the wolves. I cannot thank you enough. What a wonderful article, the best that I have ever read. Thank you so much again have a great day.
Most effective ways to hunt a wolf: over bait from a blind (canada), at night with night vision optics (that's when they are most active), with electronic calls (the baying of treeing hounds should work nicely)...or as was done to remove the problem once before - with professional full-time wolf trapper/hunters paid a bounty & poison.
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