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New wolf quotas rile crowd

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Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014 4:30 am

Few of the dozens of outfitters and conservationists who showed up for a Wyoming Game and Fish Department wolf meeting Wednesday saw eye to eye, or approved of the status of the hunt.

Game and Fish is proposing to target 43 wolves this fall — 17 more than last year — in the state’s trophy game management area. Managers aim to bring the population of wolves in Wyoming’s jurisdiction down to near 160, wolf program biologist Ken Mills said.

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  • williamhuard posted at 7:47 am on Thu, May 15, 2014.

    williamhuard Posts: 6


    The hunters who killed the famous 06 from the Lamar Canyon Pack thought it was a big joke- collar and all......Then- those politicians in Wyoming have made sure that these killers are protected from any scrutiny from people who care about wildlife.....
    Change is ahrd tocome by- especially in Wyoming......It is good to see people trying to encourage tourism........

  • Matt posted at 9:59 pm on Wed, May 14, 2014.

    Matt57 Posts: 38

    What "value" do wolves place on coyotes ?????

    "Top predator"??????

    That would be us and I will do to lesser predators (wolves) what THEY do to coyotes.

    Eradicate them whenever possible.

  • Sam Lobo posted at 8:30 pm on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    reality8070 Posts: 3

    Why is the Federal Government spending 75 to 80 percent of its Endangered Species Resources on JUST wolves and grizzlies...... both of which are listed as species of "least concern" by the international environmental organization IUCN. Why, could it be because the black footed ferret don't get the "donate now" button pressed like the grizzly and wolf? STOP the abuse of the Endangered Species Act.... support congress woman Lummis and her efforts at reforming the ESA!

  • Sam Lobo posted at 8:26 pm on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    reality8070 Posts: 3

    Its a "dead zone" because wolves have ate themselves out of house and home! Don't be a fool.

  • Leslie Patten posted at 5:24 pm on Sat, May 10, 2014.

    justine Posts: 4

    Science and Tourism Units. Great idea! I live in zone 2 There is absolutely no need for a hunt there and any cattle depredation can be controlled by the rancher directly. Zone 2 feeds into the Lamar pack, which is now at 2 wolves because of the killing that goes on here. The premiere wolf watching area in the Park is now a dead zone for wolf views.

  • Gary Humbard posted at 12:43 pm on Sat, May 10, 2014.

    Gary H Posts: 11

    So if wolves and other predators either do not provide you income or possibly take aware from your income, they are of no value. What a shame! Until we can place a value for what they do as a top predator on the landscape, we as a species will never mature.

  • Matt posted at 2:57 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Matt57 Posts: 38

    Grizzly bears NEXT.

  • Matt posted at 2:57 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Matt57 Posts: 38

    Now start working on the ridiculous number of grizzly bears.

  • Matt posted at 2:56 pm on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Matt57 Posts: 38

    Woo hoo. Now start working on lowering the ridiculous number of grizzly bears.

  • Adam Lackner posted at 11:10 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    AdamL Posts: 1

    BrushBuck Guide Services

    2014 Wyoming Wolf Hunt Proposal

    To: The Wyoming Game & Fish & All Negotiating Parties

    As a company we were formed out of military veterans who moved over into the outfitting world shortly after finishing our service. For the last 10 years we have made a living from wildlife in many different ways. Originally we started with hunts. Some of the species we guided for were dall sheep, moose, elk, mule deer, coues deer, along with upland game birds and some predators. As our company grew we transitioned into “wildlife tourism”. Now we guide far more people interested in wildlife on many more adventures and we believe we are having a positive impact on wildlife in many different ways. Our trips educate people on ecosystems, wildlife behavior, habitats, current management policies, human wildlife conflict, and research projects along with many other subjects. One of our major points of interest to talk about is game management.

    The following proposal is what we see as a working situation for ranchers, science and tourism, hunters, and outfitters. Please consider that we have extensive experience in all of these backgrounds.

    Proposal 1- Science & Tourism Units

    Units that are important to wildlife viewing would be considered “Science & Tourism Units” to allow scientists a chance to keep ongoing wolf studies without having so many wolves taken mid-life before their full potential data is reached. The other purpose for these units is tourism. Tour companies can show people wolves in areas where they are not hunted better than areas where they are hunted. These units have good road systems for tourism and border national parks for ongoing studies. Scientifically, these units allow us to know how to manage wolves in areas where they do get hunted because we know how it should be when they are not hunted or very limited hunting is allowed.

    Proposal: Science & Tourism Units- Unit 2, 6, 8, & 9
    Depredation only OR extremely low quotas of 1 or 2 wolves
    Depredation only is preferred in “Science & Tourism Units”.

    Proposal 2- Cut Units In Half Along Park Borders

    Give units bordering the national parks an approximate 15-20 mile “wolf hunt free zone”. Delegate these by nearest large landmark such as creeks. For example: Creek No Name is 15 miles from east side of Grand Teton National Park border, hunters can hunt the east side, but not the west side of No Name Creek. Another option would be to START the hunt unit 15-20 miles away from the park designated by large, easy to use and not mistake landmarks/roads.

    Proposal: Start wolf hunt units 15-20 miles from park border
    Keep original quotas as Game & Fish has designated
    Park wolves will be less affected helping science and tourism.
    Depredation still in place.

    Proposal 3- Keep The Current Plan/Units, Lower Quotas & Shorter Season

    I’m going to focus again on national park border units. This approach gives “Science & Tourism” people a chance to have a better experience by showing and recording wolves. This will also allow hunters a chance to hunt units away from the national park keeping hunters happy. Quotas that would have less impact to us would look like this:

    Unit 1- 3 Wolves October 1- December 31st

    Unit 2- 2 Wolves November 1st - November 30th (Science & Tourism Unit)

    Unit 3- 7 Wolves October 1st- December 31st

    Unit 4- 4 Wolves October 1st- December 31st

    Unit 5- 6 Wolves October 1st- December 31st

    Unit 6- 2 Wolves November 1st – November 30th (Science & Tourism Unit)

    Unit 7- 1 Wolf October 1st- December 31st

    Unit 8- Depredation Only (Science & Tourism Unit)

    Unit 9- Depredation Only (Science & Tourism Unit)

    Unit 10- 3 wolves October 1st- December 31st

    Unit 11- 2 Wolves October 1st- December 31st

    Unit 12- 1 Wolf October 15th- December 31st

    In closure, as a person who cares about wildlife and someone who has made a living with wildlife I would like to say it’s not easy to keep everyone happy. These considerations are ways that hunters will be allowed to hunt, ranchers will be able to take wolves on depredation, science and tourism areas will be less affected generating more tourists and a better experience overall. Scientific studies suggest that for the long term future we need intact ecosystems with all the species that belong in it to keep the balances in check. Why do people enjoy Alaska and other wild places so much? The simple answer would be that it is a 100% intact ecosystem with everything that has always been there.