Skip to comments.Idaho Fish and Game kills 23 wolves in Lolo Pass area
Posted on 03/01/2014 9:59:06 PM PST by Valpal1
BOISE, Idaho Idaho wildlife officials have killed 23 wolves in northern Idaho in an effort to boost the number of elk in the region.
The Idaho Fish and Game announced Friday afternoon that the animals were killed by USDA Wildlife Service agents using a helicopter in the Lolo elk zone near the Montana border. It's the sixth time the agency has taken action to kill wolves in the Lolo zone in the past four years, bringing the total number of wolves killed there to 48. The efforts are part of the state's predator management plan, which calls for killing wolves when the Fish and Game Department determines they are causing conflicts with people or domestic animals or that they are a significant factor in declining numbers of elk or deer.
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I wonder if they cleared it with PETA first?
Helicopters have been used for generations for this work, but the media pretended that it was unique to Governor Palin, and that somehow it was evil.
What is going on? Is this a private hunt club?
Pretty country down there. At this rate we’re going to need an elk re-introduction program by the time the decade’s done.
I’ve been gold prospecting in the Lolo Pass area the past two summers. Haven’t seen any elk or any sign of them. The people who live there are really suffering - no meat for their families and no hunters spending money on elk hunts.
As soon as the sainted wolves wipe out their wild prey they start going after domestic animals and people. That’s the reason they were wiped out 100 years ago. I’d like to meet the moron who thought it would be a good idea to bring them back. He wouldn’t like meeting me.
Actually it is a poor use of the money. Put a bounty on the wolves of $500 -$1000.
However, the Northern Rocky Mountains wolf was not, at the time of the initial drafting, recognized as a legitimate subspecies, so the wolves involved in the plan were instead the Great Plains wolf and the Mackenzie Valley wolf.
Wikipedia: Northern Rocky Mountains Wolf #The Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery Plan
The 'Timber Wolf' as known by us in these parts is elusive, prone to small packs or mated pairs, and has been here all along (with burgeoning elk herds). Protect THEM, and I am all for it - but that requires the elimination of these introduced interlopers, who do not belong here.
But was there a bounty?
Every time this re-introduction non-sense is pulled by the gov’t, they screw something else up.
Gov’t minded folks can’t figure out that they cannot do better than nature, whether it be managing animals or tinkering in financial markets.
BTW 30-06 is the rifle I walk around with. Winchester Model 70.
I hunted that area, maybe 50-60 miles outta Missoulla 25-30 years back, we always killed Elk. I hear there ain't one to be found today.
I absolutely detest humans who treat wolves like they are some kind of deity. Those humans are some kind of moron. Wolves are ruthless predators and will often kill just for fun. There are pictures to prove that.
I’ve never been one to hunt grazers but I love to hunt predators of the 4 legged variety. Tried to kill one of the god-like wild canines last winter down near Avery, ID with friends. Saw lots of wolf tracks but never saw a live animal. Didn’t see any elk or deer tracks either.
Yes and not to mention the wolves that have been re-introduced are huge Canadian timberwolves which were not indigenous to Idaho in the first place.
Live along the upper Yukon, we got too many wolves too; decreasing moose numbers. I got a few on my game cam last fall before the snow. I’ve had the buggers in my garbage cans at 3 am in November. Had them trying to eat my sled dogs, ran out on the porch with my AR blasting away. I don’t have any luck with my fox pro. My one buddy got a 140 lber this winter up haul road. They drive, when see caribou tracks, glass. Saw 9 wolves single filing it towards road. They got out sat down in snow, wolves crossed 50 yards from them, got three. I once again forget how to post picts? My kids call them in with rabbit squealers at school bus stop in September, wolves stand in woods across the road, look kids over, never cross.
Great choice. I built a T/C Encore with 26” barrel and
topped with quality glass in 30-06. Just enough rds fired
to sight it at 100 yds. Not doing much shooting while on
this long trip to San Diego.
Idiots! If our immigrant ancestors were as stupid as these PETA protestors, none of them would be alive today. When predator animals begin to decimate another group of animals, mankind can step in and fix the situation.
That looks like an interesting bang stick. I’ll have to check it out.
Very important details. Thanks.
Well, at least no 35 to 40 old elk. Thanks for killin’ all the good ones!
Or it was the wildfires of 1988 that burned over 1/3 of the park that is responsible for the alleged vegetation changes as the forest regenerates itself instead of the ‘magic’ wolf theory.
It seems more likely the wolf story is the accurate one.
No it doesn’t. Post fire habitat generation has been extensively observed and documented for the last hundred years. What’s funny is how this is all now ascribed to the magic wolves in Yellowstone, but not in burned forests where there are no wolves, yet the same regeneration occurs.
Our study demonstrates that the historical failure of aspen to regenerate varied widely among stands (last recruitment year ranged from 1892 to 1956), and our data do not indicate an abrupt cessation of recruitment.
This pattern of recruitment failure appears more consistent with a gradual increase in elk numbers rather than a rapid behavioral shift in elk foraging following wolf extirpation. In addition, our estimates of relative survivorship of young browsable aspen indicate that aspen are not currently recovering in Yellowstone, even in the presence of a large wolf population.
Finally, in an experimental test of the BMTC hypothesis we found that the impacts of elk browsing on aspen demography are not diminished in sites where elk are at higher risk of predation by wolves.
Interesting. It would seem that two different types of situations occur. In one fire destroys ground cover indiscriminately along with small trees (certain types excepted, such as pitch pine, which REQUIRES fire for the cones to open).
In the other, what the article is saying is that areas overgrazed by deer are relieved of that pressure by the presence of wolf packs which drive them from open areas, allowing reforestation in those areas.
I never heard of this scenario with the “magic” wolves before, but what they are saying here appears to make some kind of sense.
I don’t know if this somethnig that reliable ecologists have worked out, or some group opposed to wolf hunting. I just don’t know.
What about other vegetation, and deer over-browing?\
Who are the people who presented this video? What are their qualifications?
The study I linked to said the opposite. You've got George Moonbat and the BBC claiming it's the magic of wolves.
When you're comparing the destructive force of a wildfire to the minor impact of wolves occasionally redirecting ungulate grazing for causing change in vegetative growth, the non-insane person would recognize that fire is more direct and powerful agent.
The 1988 wildfires burned down over a third of Yellowstone and in the middle of the natural regeneration they introduce wolves and then claim the natural result of fire induced regeneration is somehow the result of the magical presence of wolves. It's utter bison scat and propaganda.
I use the term magical, because that's how all the pro wolf nuts talk about them, all breathy spiritualism.
WHo is george Moonbat? Is he an eco-nut?
He predicted 12 years ago that if we didn't give up meat and dairy and all become vegans there would be famine everywhere.
He is The Guardian's in house global warmist and eco nut. His name is actually Monbiat.