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Wolf Weekly Wrap-up

Montana hunt ends for season – In a unanimous vote, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission decided not to extend the 2011-2012 wolf hunt in the Bitterroot Valley. Chairman Bob Ream told the Associated Press on Wednesday: “The quota is a ceiling; it’s not a basement. If we haven’t reached the ceiling we haven’t failed. It’s been a good season and people should treat wolves like other game animals.” In comments submitted to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission Defenders agreed that the quota should not be treated as a target. Defenders also called into question assertions that wolves were to blame for declining elk numbers in the area as research into the causes of the decline is ongoing and as yet incomplete.

Thanks to all our supporters who voiced their concerns with the proposal, urging Montana to take a more measured approach to managing wolves. Your calls and letters helped convince the Montana wildlife commission that wolf management should be based on sound science, not unsubstantiated claims about the impacts of wolves.

Now that the extension has been denied, the wolf hunting season in Montana is officially over. A total of 166 wolves were killed this season during the hunt, filling or exceeding quotas in four hunting zones and coming close in several others. This summer, wildlife officials will revisit the overall quota of 220 wolves and consider modifying hunting restrictions for the next hunting season.

Wyoming wolf bill passes Senate committee – Wyoming’s revised wolf management plan, which would allow wolves to be shot on sight across a majority of the state, sailed through the state Senate wildlife committee with unanimous approval on Thursday (see full story in Casper Tribune). That shouldn’t be surprising, especially after Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead made the plan a focal point of his State of the State address on Tuesday. Mead told state legislators to approve the plan before concerned citizens have a chance to challenge it in the courts (see full story in Jackson Hole News & Guide). The controversial wolf plan has gained national attention as it would allow wolves to be killed along the John D Rockefeller Parkway that connects Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. Listen to the story on NPR’s All Things Considered:

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Idaho’s latest, craziest wolf kill bill – A bill circulating in the Idaho state legislature would take unchecked wolf-killing to all-new heights. A provision introduced by state Sen. Jeff Siddoway would allow ranchers to kill wolves using motorized vehicles, night vision scopes, electronic calls, traps with live bait, and ultra-light aircraft like powered parachutes.

The state has already foregone hunting quotas across most of the state and authorized the use of aerial gunning to kill up to 75 wolves in the Lolo zone of Clearwater National Forest. Now, state Sen. Jeff Siddoway wants to give ranchers carte blanche to kill wolves by practically any means. When will Idaho’s elected officials stand up and say enough is enough?

The bill comes before the state Senate Environment and Resources Committee on Monday afternoon. Please help us speak out in opposition to this awful legislation.

Read more in The Republic or click here to see the text of the proposed bill.



8 Responses to “Wolf Weekly Wrap-up”

  1. jennifer

    this isnt right now everybody is going to hunt and kill wolves even if they are doing no harm. if it keeps up they will be endangered again.

  2. Liz Purcell

    You ask people to help you speak out in opposition to this awful legislation, but I don’t find anyplace that tells us how.

    • Nancy McGovern

      For sure. What’s up with Defenders of Wildlife? I don’t read these articles for entertainment or idle speculation. I read them because I have serious concerns about the survival of wildlife. So help me out and present some names, phone numbers, mail and e-mail addresses!

  3. Liz Purcell

    You ask people to help you speak out in opposition to this awful legislation, but I don’t see anyplace that tells us how to.

  4. Heather

    Where can we take action on this? Can we get a phone number to complain to the senators who approved the Wyoming bill? The time for raising hell over this is not past.

  5. Tamara Gregg

    The exemption of the wolf from the Endangered Species List was a sad loss. It passed before its time because attitutes to retain a wolf population don’t seem to be there. A shoot on site policy means that wolves will be ambushed and potentially extirpated in a matter of weeks, months at best. There seems to be no regulation to report kills or even have a season to allow wolf populations to recover. Predation isn’t the only thing affecting elk and moose populations and trophy hunting of these animals isn’t helping. Surely moose and elk aren’t the only food sources in these states. In addition, non-lethal methods exist for deterring wolves from farms.

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