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February 05, 2007

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Montana Grizzly, Wolf Hunts One Step Closer

With both grizzly bears and wolves on the brink of being delisted in Montana, the state legislature is busy paving the way toward hunting seasons. On Thursday, a Senate committee unanimously endorsed legislation to institute grizzly bear and wolf hunts as soon as federal protections are lifted. According to this Associated Press story, the bill drew no opposition in a Senate Fish and Game Committee hearing and is backed by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. It now goes to the Senate floor for further debate.

Comments

we need to do somthing about the wolves up here their knockin the hell out of cattle, deer, and elk. theres no reason why we shouldnt control the population. the number of wolves has shot through the roof since being reintroduced

james addison

first off, i think reintroduction of wolves was a mistake. we humans had effectively replaced them as the top predators in the food chain. now not only do we have wolf-human relations problems, we have wolf-other-wildlife problems. for by being absent from the landscape for so long, they have effectively become an alien species to the ecosystem.
(re)introduced alien species are especially hard on native species. this is because native species have a hard time competing with them; they don't know how to deal with them in their interactions, and in the case of an alien predator, are wholly at their mercy until they learn that they are not benign. i argue, now that they are here to stay, that we manage wolves more intensely than they do white-tails in Illinois. we need to keep their numbers thoroughly in check, in order to keep them from destroying the populations of other game animals, and to keep them from spreading their ranges any more. doing this will limit wolf-human interactions, which are usually not pleasant. adding them to the list of game animals to be hunted will also instill in them what is presently lacking: a fear of man, which in itself will be an effective deterrant to keep them away from farms and ranches, which is where most of the trouble has taken place to date.
however, i do not argue for total extermination, which will only serve to put wolves back on the Endangered Species List. i argue for strict and effective management, which will limit the effects of their presence, but in order to appease the environmentalists, to have some tightly monitored and managed wolves around, for the sole purpose of preventing them from complaining about not having them.

Michael

I think they ought to introduce wolves to New York's Central Park and Houston's Memorial Park. Reduce the population of muggers and druggers in these areas.
Let's put the predators to good use.




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