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Three Montana wolf packs to be destroyed

[large thumbnail url=”three-montana-wolf-packs-to-be-destroyed” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”27″] [thumbnail icon url=”three-montana-wolf-packs-to-be-destroyed” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”27″] Montana continues it’s aggressive policy of “predator management” as it plans to kill off the remaining members of three packs in the area of the Big Hole Valley.

The policy of killing off entire packs of wolves instead of implementing wolf deterrence programs to curb livestock predations continues. The determined unwillingness of ranchers to co-exist, and the government’s response to it, is reminiscent of the underlying reasons for the initial extermination of wolves in the west in the early 20th century.

 Nick Gevock wrote an article which appeared on the Helena Independent Record Web site.

BUTTE — Federal trappers killed four wolves this month from an area of the Big Hole Valley that has repeatedly seen attacks on livestock.

The four wolves come on the heels of five others that have been lethally removed over the past three months from the Miner Lakes and Bender packs, as well as any wolves remaining from the Battlefield pack that was taken out last year, said Carolyn Sime, wolf program coordinator for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The decision to wipe out the three packs signals stepped up efforts to deal with persistent attacks on livestock in the valley this winter.

“That would take care of that whole west Big Hole frankly,” she said…

Read the entire article on the Helenair.com Web site: 3 wolf packs in SW Montana to be eliminated

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