MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks “Adaptive” Wolf Management Is Just Another Lie
Yesterday, January 12, 2012, I spent the afternoon attending the Environmental Quality Committee meeting at the Capitol building in Helena. Mt Fish, Wildlife and Parks was called in front of the committee to update the legislators on the status of the 2011 Wolf Season, which was originally scheduled to close December 31, 2011. That season has been extended to until February 15th. And it is very unlikely that it will meet the set quota.
The state senators and representatives who make up the EQC have been catching a lot of flack from their constituents about getting the wolf problem under control. But, as long as MT FWP remains the same, trying to reduce wolf numbers through a wolf season with an established quota, that is never going to happen. Still, MT FWP Director Joe Maurier says he doubts if we will ever have the opportunity to take wolves whenever there is an opportunity – 365 days a year. However, study after study from around the world has found that is the ONLY way to possibly ever reduce wolf numbers to the point where game populations can rebound – OTHER THAN AERIAL GUNNING.
The greatest obstacle in bringing wolf numbers down has been that MT FWP really has not had any real wolf experts. When it comes to controlling wolf numbers, they honestly have no clue how to get it done. Another major obstacle is that after 17 years of living with Canadian wolves, FWP has really not learned much about wolves. The agency continues to try “managing” the wolf population by treating these apex predators as a big game animal. And that has never been done anywhere on this planet.
Several good things were brought to light at the meeting. One is that FWP is now considering having a wolf trapping season, much like Idaho’s. Another consideration is to allow the use of electronic calls. And still another is to allow hunters to purchase more than one wolf permit.
For more on the meeting, and the topics of discussion, along with some of the same ol’ MT FWP idiocy, go to – http://www.lobowatch.com/adminclient/Legislation10/go
Please take a few minutes to read that post…then come back here and share your feelings on what needs to be done, why and how.