Here a nice video of the wolf taking a baby moose away from its mother and killing it. Play it all the way through so you can hear the woman crying. So the myth that the wolf just takes the old and diseased is a lie.
Denali wolf kill 2 0f 2
Here is another video where a wolf attacked a person hunting as well as killed some domestic dogs.
Hunter Becomes The Hunted In Idaho Wolf Attack
Wolfs trying to use pack tactics to kill unarmed people.
Wolves become increasingly violent towards humans, pets
Also I bet you didn’t know that the wolf will run pregnant cow elks until they stress them and they abort there unborn baby to get away from the pack. So the berthing time for the elk is feasting time for the wolf. Then the wolf will stay with the herd and pick off the new born elk that survives the abortion process. Yes there are lots of things the supporter of the wolf are not telling you.
These videos go on and on. I think its time for the truth about the wolf to come out and all this misinformation and lies to stop.
One more time. 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.
You know I’m not saying what happened was ok and its not. This hunter should have clearly identified his target before shooting. But there’s more to this story than what’s in this article.
Also Layne Spence needs to stick with the same story and it needs to quit being changed by the press to inflame the public. Shame on you people and shame on this paper for highlighting parts of this article. Bad taste.
Wolf rifle 'hunting' season in Montana is 6 months long, from Sept 15 to March 15.
Wolf rifle hunters in MT don't need to wear blaze orange from Dec 1 to March 15. They can; however, use assault weapons, high powered rifles and electronic calls and shoot research wolves as they leave Yellowstone NP.
Yet some of these same wolf hunters are now saying they expect every many woman, child and pet enjoying a hike, or some fishing, or some cross country skiing, or bird watching on public lands for 6 months of the year to wear blaze orange? Those autumn and Christmas family pictures taken at your favorite national forest vista will sure look different in the future, eh?
Q: What rights do non-wolf hunters have to use public lands without having to deal with wolf rifle hunters mistaking them for a wolf and shooting them?
Apparently not much.
Q: Will wolf hunters pay for all these blaze orange vests that all the people and pets are supposed to wear so that the mighty wolf hunter (jacked up on hatred and fear) doesn't mistake them for a big bad wolf?
Also, apparently it's not illegal for wolf hunters to shoot people's pets on public lands, at least according to law enforcement.
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.
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.
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.
i find it ironic that the low number of wolves taken vs. the number of permits given out is SO telling. all the table-thumping, chest-beating wolf haters out there, who think this one animal is the begin-all and end-all of all of their problems, just can't seem to muster up the intelligence to figure out how to actually HUNT it. makes me wonder just which is the more evolved species.
Great story, thank you so much! I think it's interesting to note after receiving some press recently regarding the fact that SOFA's address was directly across the street from Zinke's house in Whitefish, a change has been made!! Check out this link http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/892/13942281892/13942281892.pdf#navpanes=0 Effective today SOFA has "moved" just 5 miles from Scott Hommels address in Baltonspa, New York. Now how in the world is Zinke's "replacement", Gary Stubblefield, supposed to run this organization from his home in Missoula. Also, try and find ANY information on Battle Plan Strategies. There is none. It's only job seems to be to collect $ from SOFA
Not The First TIME either. They don't care just look at the Oil Companies track record here in Montana alone!!
http://www.hcn.org/issues/54/1688 I bet there are more.
Justice delayed is justice denied.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
How many different ways can you say it?!? Free him already!
you miss the pertinent issues completely. you try to 'expose' and berate someone's ignorance with your own even larger ignorance. I would love to discuss this column with its authors.
"choosing to surreptitiously nick loyal readers"
That says it all. Thanks for the heads-up, Indy.
Tester seems to be doing good for our veterans. He however voted with national Democrats instead of Montana for the increased gun control. Max did not. Increased background checks would not have stop any of the latest killings. Nobody in Washington seems to want to face the mental health side of the issue.
It's worth remembering that Smurfit-Stone officials apparently lied to the public back in 2011 when they told us their mill site was clean and safe for development.
Smurfit-Stone: Frenchtown mill site is clean, safe for development
Missoulian, March 12, 2011
It's also worth remembering that the Smurfit-Stone pulp mill was one of the original "timber partners" that was part of Sen Tester's mandated logging bill, the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. This bill would result in industrial logging on over 156 square miles of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge and Kootenia National Forests, including within critical habitat for grizzly bears. Tester's FJRA also would designate over 1,000,000 acres of inventoried roadless areas on the BHDL NF as "Timber suitable or open to harvest." Senator Tester's key point person on staff for his mandated logging bill was Tracy Stone Manning.
During late 2008 and 2009, Smurfit-Stone and other pulp and paper corporations across the country found an unintended loophole in a previous Transportation Bill, which allowed them to collect (directly from the wallets of US Taxpayers) 50 cents for every gallon of diesel fuel they added and burned to a decades-old practice of burning the pulping byproduct called "black liquor." To be clear, the only reason Smurfit-Stone and these pulp mills added diesel fuel to their "black liquor" was to exploit this tax loophole.
To the Missoula Indy's credit, they were the only Missoula media outlet to devote any attention to this issue. See http://missoulanews.bigskypress.com/missou….
During 2009, Smurfit collected $654 MILLION ($654,000,000.00) from US taxpayers utilizing this "black liquor tax credit boondoggle." In order to accomplish this amazing $654 million feat, corporation-wide Smurfit's pulp mills had to burn approximately 1.3 BILLION gallons of diesel fuel, which they had zero reason to burn, except to collect that $654 million from US taxpayers.
Looks like the taxpayer boondoggle will continue, as taxpayers will now be funding the cleanup of Smurfit's toxic mill site. Hey, but at least the Smufit-Stone executives got their bonuses, right? Given the fact that Senator Tester and Tracy Stone Manning worked so hard to keep Smurfit-Stone open with their mandated logging bill, and the fact that that office never once spoke out publicly against this $654 million black liquor boondoggle, perhaps DEQ Director Manning will do a good job with the clean-up, as I think she owes us one. Thanks.
These legislators are intentionally tying up valuable time in congress. Time that could be better spent addressing issues more pertinent to Montana citizens. People are still losing their jobs, their homes, and trying to figure out how to pay for rising costs in a still mostly crippled economy. The disservice to the people of this state is reprehensible and anyone attempting to justify this lack of responsibility only serves to add to the snowballing dysfunction certain members of congress call legislating.
Wearing a tin foil hat doesn't make you a "respectable legislator."
boy did the Indy get this wrong. I mean I agree, and get what your trying to do in pointing out that this next legislature is going to be freak show, but there are a lot better ways to do it than going so hard after intelligent design (which most people probably believe, even if they don't want it in the classroom). And don't get me wrong, I am an atheist, but this just isn't the way to paint the legislature as radically out of step with majority of Montanans.
You should have spent more time on the O'Neil's request to be paid in gold. Or better yet, spent some time combing the recent bill draft requests. There is much more radical craziness there to be found.
Gee, there is one thing you seem to forget to address, the constituents of these legislators re-elected Jerry & elected Clayton for the first time) even though you try to diminish them at every chance you get. Their constituents like what they see in these respectable legislators (which I would like to remind you that they are everyday middle class people just like yourself, not career laden Representatives like Congress) and to add our legislators hardly make enough money to rent lodging or eat on their pitiful salary. Who would want this job when the media ridicules them on a daily basis. To me it is a thankless job but someone has to do it. Kudos, to these men who worked hard to get elected & now they have a huge job ahead of them. Good luck battling the force!
I have been drinking Hunter Bay coffee, (roasted in Lolo) for over 10 years. I can't even imagine drinking anything else and often do not like it when I do. However, as a big Hunter S. / Ralph Steadman fan...I'm gonna have to give these new local roasters a try. Definetly getting a T-Shirt or two or three for out-of-town friends. Good to see locals trying to do something new in this awful economy.
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