Wolf Hunting, really?

September 18, 2009 –
Wolves are now officially dying in Idaho and Montana for sport.
17. 76c. HeadTilts7x5Monday August 31, 2009 –
Federal Judge Don Molloy did not rule to stop the wolf hunt slated to start tomorrow at dawn in the Sawtooth and Lola Zones in Idaho. In Idaho the quota allows as many as 220 wolves to be killed. Montana’s season is set to begin Sept. 15, with a quota of 75 wolves. If the 220 wolves are not killed by the end of the hunting season, the season will be extended into next spring.

Since August 24 when tags went on sale, over 9,000 have been sold in Idaho; 1,825 in the first hour and 4,000 tags by mid afternoon that day. Despite the cost of reintroduction, radio-collaring, trapping and heavy monitoring running in the millions of tax-payer dollars. The cost of a wolf’s life? $11.50.

A tag allows you to shoot one wolf, no matter what sex. They are urging hunters not to shoot wolves with radio collars. Idaho officials have estimated as many as 70,000 wolf tags might eventually be sold for the hunt that in some areas runs through until April.

Hunters say they are tired of wolves attacking elk and use an elk call to lure wolves. “If the opportunity comes up, you bet I’ll shoot one,” says one hunter, “There’s got to be a balance and our game populations have taken a terrible beating.” 140,000 tags are sold to hunters each year for deer and elk.

Wolves were removed from the endangered species list in Idaho and Montana in May, with management of the animals transferred to the state wildlife agencies.
Doug Honnold of the environmental law firm Earthjustice said wolves remained at risk because the states had insufficient safeguards to ensure their safety.
“It’s the endangered species that need to be protected, not the states’ rights to kill wolves,” Honnold said during the hearing.

The hunting quota and management plans do not allow for a healthy, recovered population. Wolves in Yellowstone have declined by 28% in the last year; wolves are not coming in or going out of Yellowstone – there is too much killing/ranching just on the outside of the park, so Yellowstone is becoming an isolated island population without genetic diversity, increasing the risk of disease.

Hunting will not allow for cohesive family units that are wolf packs, leaving lone juvenile wolves without adequate hunting skills. Naturally, they will go for easy prey, ie. Livestock. This is a self-perpetuating industry of wolf control.

However one may argue against this barbaric behavior that merely mirrors what the wolves endured before their complete extirpation from the United States in the early 20th Century, the fact that a man can take the life of an animal as socially bonded to it’s family as we are to ours is MURDER. Judge Molloy is the executioner. Even the “environmentalists” who compromised so heavily in the reintroduction program made a grave mistake – Americans do not deserve to have wolves. Their suffering has been unimaginable; our ignorance, our silence, our wanton cruelty is unforgivable.

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