625 Montana Wolves To Be Hunted with 6,000 Permits

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Montana has issued over 6,000 permits to hunt the last 625 wolves in their state, which has wolf advocates and conservationists in an uproar. Not only has the state decreased the cost of the permit to $19, the number of wolves allowed to be killed per permit has increased from 1 to 5.  Also, the length of time that wolves can be hunted has been extended.

This is a complex issue between ranchers wanting to protect their livestock, hunters concerned about deer and elk populations and conservationists who believe the wolves keep nature in balance with healthier wild herds.

Conservationists lament the fact that wolves were delisted from the Endangered Species Act and are no longer protected. They point out the fact that if just If only 2.1% of hunters issued a permit this year reach their hunting limit of 5 wolves, the wolf will no longer exist in Montana.

Conservationists believe this is not a far-fetched idea since wolves are pack animals. Therefore, a single hunter will likely be able to kill several wolves in a single trip.

Montana wolves were so depleted by hunters in the 1990′s, that Canadian wolves had to be imported to to supplement the wolf population. Now officials are tinkering with the management again.

In spite of the 4% decrease in wolf numbers from 2012 to 2013, state officials have decided to continue to drive down the number even further with these broad measures to ensure wolves can be hunted freely, or at least cheaply: just $19 for a trophy wolf… or as many as that hunter can kill.

For more information about wolves, please watch our episode of the Wolf Files.

Comments

  1. Ellaine Spivak says

    I am shocked and horrified.. and saddened.. there is NO NEED for this.. Mankind is so conceited that they think they know better than nature!! What SHOULD have happened is that ALL THE folks against this SHOULD have bought the permits.. then NO WOLVES would have died.. food for thought NEXT TIME.. this time idiots with guns are out shooting innocent animals!! SHAME.. SHAME

  2. Teresa L Childers says

    This needs to stop! The population has been decreased. Do not eradicate them completely. They are part of the ecosystem.

  3. jean mcabee says

    i am horrified that government officials and all those in favor of this destruction would be so stupid and shortsighted. wolves are crucial to the balance of nature. get a clue, people and stop messing with what works!! man is the only animal that’s a menace to the earth.

  4. Beth Nevins says

    I can’t believe the US government will once again allow the wolf to be extinguished in one of their states! Then they come crying to us here in Canada, asking us to give them some of our wolves to build their populations back up, FOR WHAT? TO KILL THEM AGAIN! Shame on you US and OBAMA, YOU should be shot!

  5. Bobby white says

    I hope every one that kills one of these 625 looks in their mirror the next morning and see if God is looking back at them. u will have to ans. for this wanton killing!!! Of God’s animals . I am a hunter. I eat what I kill Not show off a pelt!!!!!!

  6. john Carriere says

    It’s funny that nature seems to have balanced out in other States and Provinces (even those with a much larger wolf population). Montana is obviously different, or is it the opportunity to kill another animal species that drives this issue. If their food source experiences a “low”, wolves control themselves by not breeding (Maybe man could learn something). Livestock has been identified as an issue, but in most cases it is a minor issue, and with a bit of effort can be controlled. I hope that none of the other States or Provinces follow their lead because it would be a shame to see such a magnificent animal be eradicated.

  7. Cheryl Stern says

    Wolves are a very crucial part of the Balance of Mother Nature, but Most Humans are scarred of what they can not control nor understand and there for the kill everything, like the Wolves!!

    Seeing on how these WOLVES where introduced back into population years ago from Canada because Montana KILLED THEM ALL OF BACK THEN AS WELL!!!

    So you stupid, ignorant Government Officials–Instead of slaughtering 6000 FAMILIES AND BABIES, UNCLES AND NEPHEWS, NIECES, AUNTS, GRAND PARENTS, SISTERS, BROTHERS, MOTHERS AND FATHERS–trap them HUMANLY AND SEND THEM BACK TO ALBERTA TO WHERE AT LEAST THEY WILL BE APPRECIATED AND CHERISHED!!!

    NEXT YOU WILL WANT TO EXTERMINATE ALL THE BEARS, COUGARS, BADGERS, ELK, DEER, MOOSE EXTRA———-BECAUSE YOU CAN NOT CONTROL THEM EITHER—-POLITICIANS AND CATTLE FARMERS ARE THE SAME BREED—–MURDERS

  8. says

    Incredibly sad. Why are humans so intent on killing and destruction? Who in government can pass such laws then go home and have dinner with their kids and then sleep at night? $19.00 and a limit of 5. Y’all have a bunch of lazy ass politicians in Montana. Even our pitiful politicians in British Columbia who pretend to care and don’t do better than that for our beautiful Spirit Bear.

    The people making these choices are elected officials!! “The pen is mightier than the sword”

    How many politicians are there in Montana anyway? If you’re lucky 625.

  9. Denise Rippee says

    They bring wolves back because their numbers were declining and now this! They said wolves are needed for our “Eco-System”, such beautiful, magnificent animals. They are in packs for life. Just because they eat a cow or two, they have to eat. What a sad, shameful disgusting society we live in, to keep killing animals and one as majestic as the wolve. I am so saddened by this.




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