Idaho Completes Wolf Control Action in Lolo Zone

Idaho Fish & GameIdaho Fish and Game, in cooperation with the USDA Wildlife Services, has completed another wolf control action in northern Idaho’s Lolo elk zone near the Idaho/Montana border to improve poor elk survival in the area.

In February, Wildlife Services agents killed 23 wolves from a helicopter. The action is consistent with Idaho’s predation management plan for the Lolo elk zone, where predation is the major reason elk population numbers are considerably below management objectives. [Read more…]

Wolf Settlement Denied

Wolves Chasing Bull Elk

Wolves Chasing Bull Elk

MISSOULA, Mont.”The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is praising a judge’s denial of a proposed settlement over wolf delisting. RMEF also is renewing a call for Congress to rescue science-based wildlife management from the frivolous lawsuits that have kept the issue mired in court proceedings and bureaucracy for many years.

We’re pleased with Judge Molloy’s decision to deny this so-called settlement because it was just another stall tactica set-up for more legal challenges in the very near future, said RMEF President and CEO David Allen. [Read more…]

CSF Offers Off Site Bidding On Idaho Wolf Tags

Copy of Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus

October 5, 2009 (Washington, DC) – The Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSF) was recently awarded Idaho Wolf Conservation Tag Number One, and the Idaho Sportsmen’s Caucus Advisory Council (ISCAC) was awarded tag number six for use during the 2009 inaugural gray wolf hunting season.

The commemorative wolf tags, series one through 10, are being released in the inaugural season to recognize wildlife management success and to help promote gray wolf management in Idaho. CSF and ISCAC will auction both tags with the proceeds from the auctions going to Idaho to help offset much of the cost associated with wolf management including population monitoring, law enforcement, public education, enhanced deer/elk/moose monitoring, and research, Idaho’s management of wolves including regulated hunting, to ensure that gray wolves remain a lasting legacy on Idaho’s landscape for future generations.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt a gray wolf in the beautiful state of Idaho,” said CSF President Jeff Crane. “These tags are invaluable to the Idaho wolf population and Idaho wildlife management programs and so it imperative that supporters of CSF step to the plate.”

The #1 tag is for sale during a live auction at the Richard Childress Whine Wheels and Wildlife event on October 14, 2009.

The #6 tag is for sale during the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Annual meeting on October 29, 2009.

Registration for both events is filling up fast and both wolf tags are sure to be hot items for bidding during both live auctions, however, CSF is offering these once in a lifetime wolf hunts via off-sit bidding by contacting CSF Vice President of Development Gary Guinn at 202-543-6907 extension 24.


Of Wolves and Men

 

Ron Moody is a Montana FWP Commissioner and he urges Americans to allow this wolf management hunt.

He also states that this will aid in sustaining wolf populations and a secure future for the wolf in the Northern Rockies.

And management should mean conservation, wise use of nature, as different from a perpetual ‘zoo-without-walls’ strategy of preservation some would codify within the Endangered Species Act.

Then, he asks the non-hunting wildlife advocates, to be a bit more open-mindedness. They would better serve the true welfare of the wolf and all other wild, native species by learning the real reasons and history of why we still have so many wild animals in North America.

This a very insightful article on the wolf in the Northern Rockies. Give it a read and share with everyone that enjoys the great outdoors!

Wolf Hunts Are On, But For How Long

WolfMISSOULA (AP) — Wolf hunting will begin in the Northern Rockies under a cloud of uncertainty, as a federal judge weighs a request by environmental and animal welfare groups to stop the predators from being killed.

Hunters in Idaho, where up to 220 wolves could be killed, head into the field Tuesday. Montana’s season is set to begin Sept. 15, with a quota of 75 wolves.

At the end of a three-hour hearing into whether the hunts should be allowed, U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy on Monday gave no indication as to how he might rule. Molloy says he will decide on an injunction requested by wolf opponents “as quickly as I can.”

About 4,000 hunters in Idaho already have bought tags allowing them to kill a wolf. Tags in Montana went on sale Monday.

Elk Foundation Files Motion to Intervene in Wolf Litigation

MISSOULA, Mont. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has filed a motion in Missoula federal court to enter an amicus curiae brief supporting state-regulated wolf hunting in Idaho and Montana. If the motion is granted by U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy, RMEF documents will be considered in Molly’s decision on whether to allow or stop the hunt.

A hearing is scheduled for Monday and a ruling could follow soon afterward.

A coalition of 13 environmental groups filed an emergency injunction asking Molloy to stop the planned hunt and return wolves to the endangered species list.

Long gone are the days when species like elk, bears and wolves can go completely unmanaged. We don’t live in a zoo and this isn’t the old West. It is frustrating that America’s wildlife conservation system, which has worked wonderfully well since the time of Theodore Roosevelt, has been reduced to a legal chess match,  said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO.

Allen said the Elk Foundation’s brief reinforces four main points:

  • Historic success of modern, hunter-based conservation in North America.
  • Viewpoints of hunters who continue to pay for the big-game resources that made wolf recovery possible.
  • RMEF-funded research, along with other scientific and anecdotal evidence, showing that wolf populations are fully recovered and that, where wolves are present with elk, wolves are having detrimental impacts on elk.
  • State wildlife agencies are best suited to manage wolves alongside other species.

Allen urged Wyoming and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to work together on a mutually agreeable wolf management plan to help clear a legal path to regulated wolf hunting in The Cowboy State.

2009 Wolf Hunting License

Montana Fish Wildlife Parks - FWP

From the FWP Site

Montana’s first wolf hunting licenses will go on sale Aug. 31.

Licenses will be valid within three specifically defined wolf management units. Hunters must obtain permission to hunt on private lands.

How to purchase

  • Hunters can purchase a wolf license online at fwp.mt.gov , or from any FWP regional office or license provider.
  • Hunters must have, or purchase, a valid 2009 conservation license.
  • Wolf hunting licenses are $19 for residents and $350 for nonresidents. Regulations and Seasons
  • Regulations are available via the FWP Web site at fwp.mt.gov , and from most FWP license providers.
  • Hunters cannot use any motorized vehicle—including OHVs and snowmobiles—to hunt wolves.
  • The use of dogs, bait, scent, lures, traps, lights, electronic tracking devices, or any recorded or electrically amplified bird or animal calls to hunt or attract wolves is prohibited.
  • Additional rules and regulations that apply to big game hunting are also in effect.
  • Wolf hunting-seasons:
    • Sept. 15–Nov. 29—in early backcountry deer and elk hunting districts 150, 151, 280, and 316.
    • Oct. 25–Nov. 29—in entire Wolf Management Units 1, 2 and 3.
    • If a WMU’s quota isn’t met, the wolf hunting season could be extended in that area to run Dec. 1-31. No more than 25 percent of the established WMU quota, however, can be harvested in December.

 

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