Do not bash me on this but I love the wolf for what is...the ultimate killing machine. Now That is not to say I DO NOT like them in my hunitng woods as they kill alot of elk and deer and most of it goes to waste. I just have a love hate relationship for them.
No need for hate, just manage them like all other big game animals. Keep the defenders of wildlife out of the picture, don't clog the courts with lawsuits and let the states do what they do best.... manage big game. No animal has gone extinct from being managed
Wolves have been around for millions of years. The elk and deer never went extinct because of them.
The hate for wolves is unjustified. They kill a few cattle every year which annoys some farmers. They hunt deer and elk. It's a natural process that has been ongoing forever.
There have been only 2 wolf attacks on humans in America in the last 100 years (not counting "pet" wolves).
The wolf hate must stop.
Obviously you arent from Montana and more so you never seen elk breeding grounds completely wiped out, and I do mean GONE.Not moved, GONE. The amazing Bitterroot elk herds that made elk hunting famous in Montana is no more. Where 500 elk my trasition through your doing well to see one.
A "few" calves to you as far as cattle is concerned is nothing, unless its your calf and your 700$ per that your loosing. And its a bit more then a FEW. I dont think there is Wolf hate, they need managed big time though. 32 wolves in confines of Yellostone is now untold numbers from Montana to Oregon, That my friend is a FAILED conservation plan.
I'm not saying i hate them, Its just the combo of ALL the other predator its gonna be a huge problem in the very near future. with the lion population alone in eastern oregon it devastating the deer and elk herds then throw in some bears and now more and more wolfs, if something isnt done to manage the wolfs and better manage the lions the hunting oppertunities here are gonna be done.
I like wolves myself but I do not believe they can exist with society. Those people that brought them back have done nobody a favor. Make all the law's protecting them you want and rancher's will shoot them on sight. I suspect bird hunters and hound hunter's will also. They are reported to be a bit hard on domestic dogs.
We shouldnt be the ones hating wolves they should hate us. They lived here before the whites came and wiped out buffalo, wolves, even the native americans. Whites never should have came here if there gonna evolve into having technology, houses, everything. It's are fault there's No more elk in montana. We evolved into being able to live 80 years old instead of 40. Heck even if we came over here but didnt evolve into what we are today guess what. There would be animals everywhere. We would appreciate everything not like all these city slickers that pollute and say oh I dont like you lets kill you. Sure I don't like wolves that much but guess what they were here first and everything LIVED and didnt become extinct because there was only i dont know 1 million people instead of 1 billion people that we have to feed rip trees out of the ground etc.
Montana has seen HUGE leaps of grizzly attacks on humans in last 15 years. Several of the yellowstone attacks have not been simply attacks but human consomtion. The yellowstone elk herd ALONE was (is) the spring and summer feeding ground for sows and cubs in the region. The elk population goes from 22,000 down to less than 5,000 due to wolves. When 75% or so of the main food source is gone, the Grizz are having to go to alternative food sources. All let your own justment take those facts and connect the dots.
Its very very rare a Grizz eats a human but its happenes twice this summer already with several attacks that didnt include human consumption, when you have an area of uncontrolled predetors i.e. nonmanaged, and a 77% drop in food source....
When its happening on YOUR door step, then see what shoe drops
The first deer I shot, way back in 1958, was taken to the local meat shop and processed into steaks, roasts and some burger. Back then in that little Idaho town, when you took a deer into the butcher, you got the same deer back. Unfortunately, times have changed. The last time I took an animal to a butcher, in the mid 60's, I don't have a clue who's meat I got back, but I sure don't think it was mine. I ended up throwing the burger as it stunk the house up every time we...