For anyone who is confused or concerned about the wolf situation look up recent comments made by L. David Mech. He is one of the leading wolf researchers in the country and has 30+ years. And is also one of the key members that has been researching wolves on Isle Royale. http://www.wolf.org/wolves/learn/basic/resources/mech_pdfs/311Considerations4DevelopingWolfHarvesting.pdf
Hunting should be allowed, for animals that can be eaten. Wolves are not hunted for food, they are hunted for "sport." My question is what kind of sport is murder? Scientists do not support the national delisting of wolves. Wolves are complex pack animals that pass down knowledge from generation to generation. Killing key pack members only causes more problems with livestock predation. The knowledge to hunt elk and other native ungulates is passed from the alpha wolves to the younger wolves. When alpha pack members are killed it leaves these young teenagers to try and figure out what to eat on their own. It's like letting a bunch of teenagers to their own devices. Also, wolves are essential keystone predators that directly affect the health of the ecosystem. By affecting the behavior of the elk and deer they allow for more trees to grow to maturity and cut down on erosion by overgrazing. Nature has designed the world to work in certain ways and it is not up to us to destroy that system. In the end not only are we harming a magnificent species we are harming ourselves. The arrogance of the hunters and politicians is astounding. We are not above nature we are part of it.
Let's do the math....
There are 625 wolves left in Montana. The state of Montana has just issued 6,000 permits to hunters, who are allowed to shoot up to 5 wolves.
Count me as one of the backcountry elk/deer hunter who is absolutely disgusted at the way wolves are being "managed" in Montana. Why in the world don't some of these self-professed "Sportsmen's" groups such as Montana Wildlife Federation, the dark monied Montana Hunters and Anglers or Backcountry Hunters & Anglers speak out?
Can you image what these "sportsmen's" groups would say if we 625 elk left in Montana and the state would issued 6,000 permits to hunters allowing each to kill up to 5 elk?
It is the same story as the native americans - we invade their native land and then kill them for hunting in their own territory... Can't eat a wolf... look just like my Nutmeg in the eyes... I like the Hopi corn planting prayer...one for the raven, one for the coyote, one for the wind and one for my family...
Hunting is conservation and if it wasn't for hunters pushing to protect more open spaces, wolves would never have a place to exist. The human population continues to grow making it even more difficult for all wildlife to sustain and without hunters ensuring wildlife has freedom to roam no species is safe. Wolves should not be treated any differently than all other wildlife and provide hunters opportunities to harvest animals within reasonable quotas.
This is disgusting hunters just want a fkn excuse to kill something and this is scary to think that there's s I many people interested in killing
anyone know what the name of the song on the ad for montain men
Oohh, a way to spoil my Thursday!
What about the sexual assault at the MSU fraternity. No does mean no - I don.t care where it happens. This was a classless video. Apologies are fine but the true character of these CEOs has been exposed.
Business owners (I can't call them professionals) should know better. I hope consumers spend their money elsewhere... I know I will. Tasteless.
Classic Montana State fans! They don't know how to bite their tongues especially as the Griz leap frog them in the polls! I was hoping for an upset in November but I guess Griz Nation will just settle for another highly anticipated beat down!
I don't give a rat's ass what anyone says. It's your opinion and you have a right to it as do I. With that said, a good coyote is a dead coyote. They are so over populated that they are about to become a health hazard as well.
Do I agree with this dude's pictures, not really, but some of these comments are down right stupid. If it makes you feel good about yourself calling this man names, then by all means, whip out your dictionary and have a party.
Personally, I will kill every coyote I see, period. Don't like it, BITE ME!
We saw some glampers at the Rainbow Family gathering, not any of that high class nonsense you're talking about here, mind you, but it was definitely vibe-ruining.
Would J. Johnson think the line was funny? I doubt it. It's uncalled for. People lost their jobs just last year over the tumultuous year at UM and it was a classless move by these two business men. Period.
I think people really overreacted to the one line in the song. South Park and other shows get away with this kind of humor all the time, though they tend to execute it a lot better than a couple of old Cat fans in their high-schoolish pep rally video. If Aasheim and Folkvord hadn't made themselves such easy targets given their status as recognized businessmen, no one would act so outraged about it.
A couple of things that people have overlooked about this bizarre episode:
1. Not only do both of those guys rely largely on Griz fans to sell their products, but also they have specific contracts with UM in place. Universal Athletics in Missoula is constantly stocked with official UM merchandise, and Wheat Montana provides food to UM dining services. In fact, the buns served at concessions in Washington-Grizzly Stadium are from Wheat Montana. If Aasheim and Folkvord aren't smart enough to realize that it's a bad business move to joke that UM condones rape after they've made their fortunes off of the school, they why should anyone at UM continue to give them what they want?
2. It's understood that MSU had no part in the video, but MSU Communications was actually credited in the production. The video featured aerial shots of the field and official graphics that are used for pregame introductions at Bobcat stadium. While someone at MSU was compliant, that's not to say they had heard the song before handing over the footage. It's likely the school, like Aasheim and Folkvord, thought it was going to be harmless fun, and simply trusted that there wouldn't be anything in the video that might embarrass the institution, apart from their inane attempt at singing an dancing.
I agree with you 100%. Well written letter and sadly very true. Within my family we have several nurses who work very long hours with little pay. Each of them are struggling with the same issues you listed.
Welcome back! I to left Missoula some 20 or so years ago. I’m back now and I love it. I will take all the tree huggers, nuts, granolas and the rest over what I’ve seen in the last 20 years.
I will think of you every time I see a bike rider with a ponytail.
One more time, WELCOME BACK.
Ok I thought this was somewhat funny. Did they say some stuff that they should have not said? YES, but I don’t believe it was said in a mean spirited way. This is nothing more that team rivalries and these knucklehead college students are not the first to post or do something like this.
Now the community business owners should stay out of child antics like this but there is no reason to boycott their business.
I’m sort of wondering the outcome of this. I’ve always said that an officer is only as good as his or her moral fiber.
I would also have to say that if POST hasn’t yanked this officer’s certification by now, shame on them.
i'm gonna brush my teeth right now...
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