Some Montana cattle ranchers work to co-exist with wolves

Wolf family

There’s finally some good news regarding the fate of wolves in at least one Western state. Traditionally cattle ranchers – especially those in Montana and Idaho – make a point of killing wolves to prevent them from killing any cattle. Now some Montana ranchers are finding ways to co-exist.

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BLM cancels wolf killing permit on public lands

WolvesA surprise victory for wolves in Idaho.

After a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the Bureau of Land Management has cancelled a permit allowing an anti-wolf group to conduct a predator-killing contest on more than 3 million acres of public land.

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The remarkable postive impact of wolves on Yellowstone

Wolves prove elusive to hunters

Animal Planet has backed down, bowing to public outcry that it remove its ‘Man-Eating Super Wolves’ from the air. This kind of film was a ratings grabbing scheme and posed serious negative p.r. on wolves, which are already facing tremendous pressure and death after being stripped of federal protection. Under the guise of “animal protection”, many western states are sanctioning wolf hunts and encouraging torturous treatment of these magnificent creatures.

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USDA allows agency to indiscriminately kill thousands of animals in the U.S.

Mountain lion cubs

Mountain lion cubs are threatened by our federal agencies

Wildlife in America is under siege – not only by climate change but also, in a more sinister capacity, by an agency sanctioned by the USDA.

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Wolves prove elusive to hunters

WolfAccording to the New York Times, wolves in Idaho aren’t cooperating. With over 14,000 wolf-hunting permits sold, only 3 legal wolf kills have been reported during the first 10 days of the hunting and killing spree.

Idaho has recorded 850 wolves in residence. Sadly, according to hunters and game wardens, wolf hunting will get better as the weather gets colder and snow falls, revealing wolves against white.

Jon Rachael, the wildlife manager for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, aid he thought it was unlikely hunters would reach the quota of 220 wolves that Idaho game officials have said could be killed this season. You know,” the hunters confessed, “we don’t know how to hunt wolves.”

Dead wolfJ. D. Hagedorn, a sophomore at Boise State University, said he was more torn than his father (a Republican state representative) and his grandfather on some political and environmental issues. He said he’d taken some classes on environmental topics.

“I understand the importance of a predator in an ecosystem,” he said, cradling a rifle at dusk.

But wolves must be managed, he said, “and I’m not going to lie, it’s a great hunt.”

Words speak for themselves here. Clearly, more education is needed.