21 December 2012 Wolf Weekly Wrap-up Posted by: John Motsinger | 6 comments | Share: The hunt continues – Nearly 300 wolves have been killed by hunters and trappers in the Northern Rockies since the end of August, including the first four wolves that were trapped in Montana. Wyoming’s season will end in ten days while the season in Montana continues through February. Most hunting districts in Idaho are open through the end of March, except two that close on Jan. 31 and two that remain open through June. Here’s the breakdown of wolves killed so far this year: Idaho – 122 wolves hunted; 15 trapped Montana – 96 wolves hunted; 4 trapped Wyoming – 39 wolves hunted; 20 killed in predator zone We will continue to closely monitor wolf losses, including those wolves being killed once they leave the relative safety of Yellowstone National Park. Defenders applauded Montana commissioners and the governor last week for instating a temporary ban on hunting and trapping near the park, and we’re urging Idaho and Wyoming to do the same. The Bozeman Chronicles agrees with us that creating a buffer zone around the park to protect these iconic animals is the right thing to do: “If we are to successfully negotiate a coexistence with these predators, knowledge of their behavior is key. It’s in everyone’s interest to understand these animals as much as we possibly can and to minimize wolf-human conflicts. Preserving the Yellowstone National Park population of wolves is critical to achieving that goal.” — Bozeman Daily Chronicle editorial Don’t forget our senior staff attorney Jason Rylander is scheduled to be on HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell show tonight (4:30 p.m. Pacific/7:30 p.m. Eastern) to talk about the loss of Yellowstone wolves. Be sure to check your local cable listings and tune in! The segment will be posted online soon after it airs. Wolves in Vegas? – Science Daily reports that scientists have discovered evidence that prehistoric wolves once roamed parts of Nevada. Researchers found the foot bone of what appears to be a dire wolf, an Ice Age species that roamed much of the continent until about 10,000 years ago. Dire wolves lived alongside other large mammals like mammoths, camels and saber-tooth cats. The species disappeared for unknown reasons leaving room for modern gray wolves to take over. 6 Responses to “Wolf Weekly Wrap-up” Dolores Hayes December 21st, 2012 I still cannot fathom the cruelty and blind urge to kill any animal, that has caused this slaughter of one of our noblest and LEAST HARMFUL animals! In the 1800′s, when people knew nothing about wolf behavior, I can comprehend their ignorance and fear, but now? What’s the excuse? Sure, many of the anti-wolf “activists” and killers are just as stupid and ignorant as those 100 years ago. But it’s worse than that. Hunters who substitute killing for self-confidence, masculinity and a sense of power, are running the show. They have NO sympathy or understanding of wolves (or any other animal!) nor do they want to obtain it. These vicious idiots must be STOPPED! They kill, not even for “sport” (a bad excuse to begin with), but just for “fun” and to fill their empty lives. They know nothing are not willing to compromise. Even ranchers have compromised! The focus should be on the likes of Sarah Palin, who think it’s a blast to kill wolves from a helicopter and poison pups in their dens! Stop trying to reason with them; it doesn’t work. Just pass strict laws with huge penalties for taking the lives of these magnificent creatures…our wolves. Any one wolf is more valuable than the wants or needs of morons who are bent on slaughter, and nothing else. Reply Lawrence Fiata December 26th, 2012 Great comment. Right on. Back in the 90′s I had the good fortune to own a wolf. We raised him from a pup. Mizzuka was a loving, playful and devoted friend. He sired pups too. I am convinced that man and wolf can coexist. In fact many ranchers have found ways. But we must make noise. Awareness is key. Thanks for your support. Susanna Gordon December 21st, 2012 This is heartbreaking. Wolves main prey are elk and deer, not ranchers sheep and cattle. And, documented kills of ranchers stock are reimbursed by Defenders of Wildlife. The instinctive hatred of the ranchers for these magnificent animals is outrageous. Most of the land the ranchers call their own, and shoot wolves on, is federal and they lease from the government (meaning the citizens) for ridiculously low fees, and then they shoot protected animals, including Bison, but especially wolves. Perhaps restrictions built into their leases that remind the ranchers it is leased from the citizens, not their land that they may not shoot endangered species, might serve as reminders that they don’t have the right to do what they want. In addition, huge fines for killing wolves anywhere should be enacted into law and kills on any leased land should be illegal and treated as any other horrendous crime. Some of the hunts are done from the air, in the lower 48 and in Alaska. How is it a sport to chase the wolves until they are exhausted, and then shoot them. Reply Rose Herrett December 21st, 2012 I am sickened to hear of the demise of collared wolves for ongoing research. The people who kill these wolves regarding their fear of not enough elk for hunters in their states. Have they not of natural selection? These hunters are ignorant of wildlife facts. There will be an abundant elk for hunters, but very few wolves in the wild….They are our heritage of the west, as it were…a national monument. Before it is too late, perhaps we should get DNA from the animals to be clone, before they disappear altogether. A horriying thought. Reply Lawrence Fiata December 26th, 2012 The biodiversity that these magnificent predators is vital to the survival of all. We must stop this senseless slaughter. Reply David Nava December 31st, 2012 Wolves, Bear, Mountain Lion, all have a place within the checks and balances of our ecosystem. It’s funny how one can’t kill a certain type of frog but can tack wolves and bear and wild horses with GPS and kill them for sport. Reply Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. 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