Category Archives: wolf mythology

Idaho hunters kill 96 wolves

At last count, that is. And Idaho Fish and Game officials in Boise get to tally up the hunting and trapping license revenue, cause that’s how the agency’s budget gets its m0ney (mostly). Meantime, the increasingly muddied ecosystems which gray wolves patrol (regardless of political boundary lines) struggle on. The human propensity for killing carnivores is alive and well. The first near-extinction of Canis lupus didn’t teach enough. Sadly, I know for certain that are conservationists in the Adirondacks who continue to advocate for the return of big predators to that still-mostly-wild region. This link offers a snapshot of the wolf-killing ongoing in Idaho.

Wolf kills: Will there have to be more?

That’s a lousy headline for a big-city rag. In any case, the answer is no: Gt the livestock – cows and sheep – out of wolf habitat. And that habitat was occupied by wolves and a whole lot else of native wildlife long before the locusts known as sheep and cattle showed up.

Survey finds low tolerance for wolves in Montana

This is a case of wildlife biology/maintenance by public opinion poll. Oops. Never mind what’s good for wildlife and the habitat. It’s public opinion that matters. That, and the revenue from the sale of hunting and trapping licenses. Hah.

Wolf-kill attempts decried

Seven conservation organizations sent a letter today calling on Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and state agencies to rescind a state Department of Fish and Wildlife plan to thwart attacks on cattle by killing wolves in the Wedge Pack in northeastern Washington. WDFW officials announced last week that up to four wolves may be killed in the Stevens County area near the Canada border after the latest in a series of wolf attacks that had injured six cattle and killed two. The state killed a wolf in that area on Aug. 7. The war on predators continues, all to please livestock growers who get a big break on the fees they pay to graze federal public land.

Wolves in Washington State targeted over livestock losses

Well, hell, why not just take out all the wolves? That is, after all, the apparent goal of livestock growers, who, let’s be clear, graze their woolies and cows on public land. Here’s the latest on Washington’s “wildlife” plans.

Last of the 1995 wolves released in Yellowstone is killed

I remember well the Associated Press photos that showed then-Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt assisting in the release of Gray Wolves at Yellowstone in 1995. It was a big show, of course, and it held great promise for the restoration of a key predator to the wild ecosystem of the Yellowstone region. Oh, but then, naturally, the “manage-the-wild strictly for deer and elk” crowd moved in, notably in Idaho, and the sanctioned killing of wolves began in earnest. Read about the death of one of those 1995 predators in this article.

Elk group gives $51K to USDA’s Wildlife Services to take out wolves

Hah, this is wildlife management by checkbook. What a joke. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation a conservation outfit? I vote no. An appreciation for the ecological role wolves  play, if given the chance, seems way off in outer space for the Elk Foundation.