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June 17, 2008

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Discussion Topic: Montana Hunters Get 75-Wolf Quota

From the Independent Record:

Hunters can shoot up to 75 wolves this fall under a tentative quota unanimously approved Thursday by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission, despite pleas from some that a wolf hunting season is premature.

“I urge you to proceed cautiously, and don’t . . . implement a quota,” [Lisa] Upson [with the National Resource Defense Council] said.

But Jim Anderson of Deer Lodge argued that a compromise was reached with ranchers, who didn’t want any wolves here, when the animals were reintroduced to the Rocky Mountains back in the mid 1990s, and that included the ability to manage their numbers. He called Thursday a “day of celebration. . . .”

What do you think?

Comments

Mark

I think this is great, the wolves need to be managed, and ranchers have stood by long enough and watched the wolves kill there cattle and ruin there profits. Its about time

William

Wolves have stood by long enough watching ranchers force wolves our of their lands so that the non-indigenous cow can wreak havoc on the environment and ecosystem. I have no problem with hunting wolves for population control but not at the behest of a rancher. There's more to life than profits.

How does a cow "wreak havoc" on the environment and ecosystem..cows have been around just as long as wolves..and The 2 or 3 wovles the ranchers might kill isn't going to hurt a thing, wolves are a smart animal they will soon learn to stay away..

Greg

I think its about time.

Matt

William,

Well said! The cows have ruined ecosystems across the country. I'm sick of seeing wildlife killed off to make room for more cattle. We need a season on cattle on public lands, not wolves.

Mike Diehl

Hope they get a good price for their pelts!

Ed J

Mike
Remember that the next time you put your boots on.

Ed J

William

Explain how the cow wreaks havoc but bison don't? They can and have been inter bred.

William

Cattle wreak havoc by the massive changes on prarie lands and other grazing areas that have been instated largely by man for the benefit of the cow. The Mid-west used to have 95% tall grass prairie that was an essential ground cover necessary for other animals. Because this tall grass made finding cattle difficult [hence the cow bell] people have systematically burnt, over-grazed and plowed under this land at the expense of other all sorts of game animals. There is now less than 5% native tall grass prarie left in the U.S. after just 150 years of cattle. In addition to this the loss of tall grass prarie has taken out a natural buffer in the water shed system to prevent flooding which is why areas across the Mid-West have had both 500 year flood events and 100 year flood events occur in the last 15 years. In addition to this the over-grazing by cattle contributes to erosion and ground cover loss that expediates flooding and topsoil loss. Add in the fecal matter from cattle that now permeates our water supplies more than ever requiring increasingly sophisticated and expensive water treatment for drinkable water. The next way that cattle are damaging the environment is through the massive amounts of methane that many experts equate to global warming. I can keep going on other damage that cattle have done to the environment and ecosystem. As for the bison, there really aren't a whole lot of bison left nowadays to wreak havoc. I'm not sure on this but I wouldn't be surprised if there are more cattle now in North America than there ever were numbers of bison at their peak. More cattle are of course going to do more damage. Genetics doesn't play into this discussion concerning cross breeding.




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