Wolf Numbers Rise in Montana, Fall in Idaho

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Recently the FWS released its wolf count census data and it appears that Montana saw an 8% increase in wolf count, while Idaho declined by 19%. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle has a write up on the findings.

"I'm certain we could have successfully reduced the wolf population in 2010 if we could have proceeded with our planned, science-based hunting season," Montana FWP director Joe Maurier said in a written statement accompanying the numbers, released Friday. "It's clear that a management strategy that includes hunting can play an important role in managing wolves in Montana. It is a tool we need and one we're still trying to get back."


Ca_Vermonster's picture

I find it interesting that

I find it interesting that there is an increase without a hunting season.

I wonder what the corresponding elk numbers are?  Maybe those numbers really took a hit, and as a result, the wolves ran out of food, causing their numbers to drop.


hunter25's picture

That's an interesting article

That's an interesting article but I don't rely to much on these cencus takings every year with more solid data. That's a big decrease in Idaho, what do they base the decrease on?

I agree though and think the wolf management should be left up to the states now as they are doing more than well. By showing a decrease in one state the anti groups will use this to say they are not stable enough to allow the hunting.

jaybe's picture

Interesting. Wasn't it Idaho

Interesting. Wasn't it Idaho that had the 308 SSS Wolf Raffle? Yes, it was. Maybe the folks in Idaho have grown weary of waiting for the Federal Wildlife Service to do something about the growing wolf problem. The Montana official said, "if we could have proceeded with our planned, science-based hunting season...". But they couldn't because the federal government wouldn't let them touch the sacred wolf.

I wouldn't be surprised if by next year the Montana wolf population also begins to slide.

IMO the federal government needs to back off and let the states manage their own wildlife populations. They are the ones who are impacted by the presence of predators and they are the ones who are in the best position to make decisions concerning them.