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Wolves Kill Prized Quarter Horse in Darby, Montana
Black Bear Blog ^ | May 30, 2011 | Tom Remington

Posted on 06/03/2011 8:41:01 PM PDT by george76

What began nearly 20 years ago as denial of the many bad things that would happen in the Greater Yellowstone area if gray wolves were brought in from Canada, continues to this day. It was predicted that the wolves would kill off their prey base and that is happening. Information was presented to Ed Bangs, USFWS head of wolf reintroduction that wolves carry more than 30 different infectious diseases, some harmful and/or deadly to humans, and that was ignored. Disease is now becoming a common occurrence across the Northern Rockies where wolves are prolific. The same deaf, dumb and blind authorities were warned that wolves, once they had consumed their prey base, would focus in on livestock, and that too was passed off as insignificant.

It has been stated that gray wolves will attack and kill large prey, such as elk, moose, mountain lions and bears, yet wolf protectors deny that wolves could bring down a grizzly, take on a wild cat and the like. Yet, it is happening on a daily basis now.

It was predicted, wolves would resort to livestock killing, first taking on the easiest of kills – sheep, and family pets. That has happened. The same predictions said as the wild canines got hungrier from the destruction of their own food source, would move into residential areas looking for food. That too has happened and is becoming more frequent.

It has been argued whether or not wolves would attack and take down a horse. Wolf protectionists have denied such an event has ever happened and would never happen. ...wolf attacks on horses were a common thing in Russia and other Asian and European countries.

And now, we have a confirmed attack and kill by wolves on a family’s prized quarter horse in Darby, Montana.

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TOPICS: Agriculture; Government; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: canada; darby; edbangs; g79; montana; usfws; wolf; wolfreintroduction; wolves; yellowstone
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1 posted on 06/03/2011 8:41:05 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Humans are on their menus as well.

2 posted on 06/03/2011 8:44:06 PM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: george76

Should’ve gotten a donkey for the horse. Or a llama.

3 posted on 06/03/2011 8:44:45 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: bgill

The hunt begins.

4 posted on 06/03/2011 8:46:29 PM PDT by fantom (,)
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To: jazusamo; Flycatcher; LucyT; Candor7; null and void; Troublemaker; Seadog Bytes; familyop; ...

“The wolves ran him through a fence and then tore his guts out,”

. “It was terrible. ... These wolves are on our property most nights, and I’m terrified for my animals. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do with my livestock.”

5 posted on 06/03/2011 8:47:13 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: bgill

Yep. The do-gooders who are Greenies have re-introduced another threat the humans through their foolish attempt to bring back wolves.

6 posted on 06/03/2011 8:49:52 PM PDT by Carling (Obama: Inexperienced and incompetent, yet ego maniacal. God help us all.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Neither one are a match for a pack.

Want to deal with an individual, opportunistic wolf? Those options work.

Want to deal with a pack? Get a .223 with V-max pills. You want the pill to blow up inside the animal and not over-penetrate in this type of situation. V-max pills blow up like few other varmint rounds out there.

7 posted on 06/03/2011 8:50:12 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: george76

The pictures are horrible. I read five kill-permits were issued to the owner. Why five? What if there are twenty wolves? (not sure of wolf packs and numbers but what if?) A person should be able to defend his property and livestock without “permits” and limiting the number of “kills” IMHO.

8 posted on 06/03/2011 8:50:56 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: george76
Thanks for the ping, George!

I went to the link and couldn't help but read another article related to this one on that site, titled "Governor Schweitzer Runs From His Own Shadow."

What a POS! I KNEW Schweitzer was a LIAR when he finally admitted he would veto the Montana legislature's bill to nullify the Endangered Species Act.

How did Montana elect such a scumbag Dem governor?

I've said it before and I'll say it again: The wolf and the human CANNOT co-exist.

Except, of course, in an urban liberal's fantasy...

9 posted on 06/03/2011 8:53:42 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: george76

The wolves were likely unaware of the prized status of the horse.

10 posted on 06/03/2011 8:54:07 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: NVDave

Yeah, if you have a pack coming through you have a larger problem (no pun intended). But there’s still the possibility that the wolves could be “trained” to move farther down the road. (I’ve seen it happen with coyotes, but I am not claiming expertise).

11 posted on 06/03/2011 8:54:36 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: momtothree
"A person should be able to defend his property and livestock without “permits”

If you own a backhoe, you should be able to accomplish that task...S.S.S. Just do it on the back 40.

12 posted on 06/03/2011 9:00:18 PM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: george76

The Leftists love predators like wolves, Muzzies, and street criminals. They are all just mis-understood!

13 posted on 06/03/2011 9:03:24 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: momtothree

Wolves often kill for fun.

The pictures are horrible and horse suffered alot before it died.

It is what wolf packs do for fun

14 posted on 06/03/2011 9:09:41 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Flycatcher

Montana is full of urban liberals that recently moved in.

Like many western states, they also get illegals, union thugs, and ACORN types who elect these fools.

15 posted on 06/03/2011 9:13:18 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: NVDave

What is the bullet weight for those VMax bullets? Rifling twist
requirements? I think my Savage .223 bolt action has a 1:9. I
can put 10 55 gr FMJ through one ragged hole at 100 yds with
that rifle. Had planned to go with 100 gr 30-06 for wolves.

16 posted on 06/03/2011 9:14:22 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Deaf Smith

They should get some Kangals (a Turkish breed of dog). Kangals kill wolves very effectively.

17 posted on 06/03/2011 9:18:23 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: 1rudeboy

You’re right - the wolves can be “trained.” But, I’d warn you my friend, that this appears to take *generations* of wolf learning. At the rate of wolf packs are expanding, I don’t think we have generations before they snatch a child.

There’s a paper I have somewhere in files on wildlife and range management, which is about wolf behavior in the former USSR (now Russia & Siberia) vs. the US and Canada. This study was done in the late 80’s, and the paper was translated subsequent to publication somewhere else in the USSR or ComBloc countries.

Anyway, the thrust of the paper was this: There was statistical evidence that during the 50+ years of gun control in the USSR, wolves had become much bolder in the USSR than they were in (then Canada) and in the US prior to WWII, when they were eradicated back to the very northern Rockies or northern MN/WI/MI. Wolves in the US & Canada learned that “human means death” even when the human wasn’t packing a rifle at that exact moment.

The statistical hypothesis was that after years of gun restriction in the USSR and what few gun owners there were in the private, non-government hands in the USSR, even hunters were loathe to waste their limited ammo or risk exposure to authorities by shooting “mere wolves” instead of game animals. So the wolves in the USSR became rather much bolder around humans over 50 years.

What we have here is the reverse: On the large scale, we’ve set up a system whereby the wolves in the northern Rockies are under a great deal of protection (from outside legal groups) and for people who aren’t well versed in how to kill predators and get rid of all evidence quickly, the wolves have a free run of the joint. They’re learning alright, but what they’re learning is that they can get away with coming ever-closer to human habitation.

Coyotes, due to their constant and long-standing close-in relationship with man (there are now ‘yotes in all lower 48 states, and in such urban areas as Central Park, NYC) are much more rapidly adaptable. When we farmed, we had lots of coyotes in the valleys in NV, and where we lived, I could hear no fewer than three coyote packs singing at night around the edges of the valley. We never saw pack behavior “in close” to habitation - all we saw were opportunistic forays by very bold coyotes. We had a saying in Nevada - if you’re going to shoot at a coyotes, HIT IT. If you shoot and you miss, you’ve just trained the SOB as to what your range and windage capabilities are. They learn that fast.

There were two animals that I came to respect for their learning curves: The corvids (crows, ravens, magpies) and coyotes. Both of them would not only learn from direct experience, they learned by watching other members of their species interact with humans. I cannot emphasize this enough. There are some animals that are dumb as rocks - we’re talking stump-hole stupid. They can watch their neighbor get blown into pink mist, and they learn *nothing* from the event.

Crows, on the other hand, are so damned smart, that I could shoot one of them pilfering my seed (eg, oat seed, drilled into the ground - they’d hop down a drill opener line and pull up every damn seed for 10 feet or more - now think of a murder of crows 100 strong... that’s a big bare patch in a field). The other crows in the area would take note of how far I was from the victim when he died. The VERY next day, no crows would allow me to get within that range of them.

So my summers would go like this:

1. Drill seed.
2. Shoot first crow with a 12ga.
3. Shoot next crow with a .17 hmr.
4. Shoot next (and last) crow with a .223 at upwards of 400 yards.
5. Yell at crows.

After that, the crows were so damned smart that for the rest of the summer, they could look at what long gun I was carrying and they would make sure that no one would land within the “crow effective” range of that long gun. They knew the difference between my shotgun (black, synthetic stock) and an AR-15 (black, synthetic stock), and somehow, they would communicate this to crows down the field, on the ground, and get them to flee the area when I was approaching my effective range - but not before. ie, if they saw me with the 12ga, they wouldn’t yell at their brethren on a pivot 400+ yards away.

You tell me that isn’t brains.

Coyotes would learn almost as fast, including when I’d catch them when they were food-obsessed. The easiest shots I’ve taken on coyotes were when they’d be watching some chukar climbing a hill, or were waiting for a squirrel to pop out of his hole, or were waiting on the edge of a sage grouse lek. They’d get so overwhelmingly food-obsessed that they’d SEE me get within 50 to 100 yards of them... and they would not move. They’d look over, see me, and then immediately direct their attention back to their intended dinner.

The first time this happened and I shot the food-fixated ‘yote, I saw a half-dozen other ‘yotes run like hell for the tall sagebrush within 200 yards of where I was sitting when I took the shot. Apparently, I disturbed a community hunting activity.

The next time I ran into one of these food-obsessed coyotes, the “spectators” started trying to slink away when they saw me approach Mr. Foodie. But then I shot two of the spectators, then swung around and got the food-fixated coyote as he was trying to make a get-away — hw was a little late tho, because he chose to try to bag the chukar on his way out of the area. He got a .223 up the poop chute for his trouble.

After that, any time I was in that particular part of the valley for the next two years, ALL the coyotes would clear out - and never allow me to get within 400 yards of them. That’s how fast they learn. They’d even learn the sound of my truck. They’d learn the sound of my buddy’s hunting vehicle during deer/chukar season, and we’d try to shoot coyotes of opportunity on hayfields in the winter. They’d watch every other car pass them by 200+ yards away and never give any mind. Let my little hunting Toyota wheeze up the road, and you’d see most of them kick in the afterburners before I got within 500 yards.

Unless the enviro’s allow someone who is an out-and-out no-limit professional killer of wolves loose in their domain, or they allow everyone to shoot at wolves, wolves won’t learn anywhere nearly that fast.

18 posted on 06/03/2011 9:35:06 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: george76
This is sickening. It's also one of the reasons wolves were for all intensive purposes exterminated from the lower 48.

Enviro-nazis contend they're part of the ecosystem but that reasoning is only because the vast majority live in asphalt cities and don't have to contend with wolves.

The ecosystems in the Western states have gotten by just fine without wolves for the last 70 to 80 years. Now that they've been reintroduced wildlife and ranchers have been hit hard and reparations don't even begin to cover losses.

19 posted on 06/03/2011 9:45:35 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: NVDave

Interesting, thanks.

20 posted on 06/03/2011 9:46:34 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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