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Skeptics question Montana’s wolf numbers, hunting quotas

[large thumbnail url=”skeptics-question-montanas-wolf-numbers-hunting-quotas” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”09″ day=”28″] [thumbnail icon url=”skeptics-question-montanas-wolf-numbers-hunting-quotas” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”09″ day=”28″] Missoula, Montana (The Missoulian) – Jay Mallonee had a simple question.

If you have 497 wolves in January 2009, kill 280 of them, and add back 166 new pups, does it add up to 524 wolves in December 2009? Or do you get 446?

“In 2009, 141 wolves showed up in addition to the pups born,” Mallonee said. “Where did that number come from? There’s no justification for it. They just added it to the total wolves for the year. So 27 percent of your total came from nowhere.”

Mallonee doesn’t profess to know how many wolves live in Montana. He simply looked at the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks annual wolf reports and poked at the math.

“They use that as a reference point to go kill more wolves, and that’s what I object to,” the Kalispell computer technician and former college professor said. “Other people should ask, too. It’s their environment. It’s their wolves.”

Unlike other people, Mallonee took the trouble to publish his findings in a publicly available scientific journal. FWP researchers have also published papers in journals, attempting to justify their wolf population calculations. But while they acknowledge the math is murky, they maintain it’s accurate enough to set wolf-hunting quotas…

Read the entire article on missoulian.com: Skeptics question Montana’s wolf numbers, hunting quotas

Strangely, the Missoulian chose to include Toby Bridges, who is nothing more than an angry wolf-hater who has at the very least suggested that “some people” might very well illegally poison wolves if legal decisions don’t go in favor of the anti-wolf movement. I am unsure what reason the paper felt he was a credible or qualified spokesman for this issue. Lobowatch is a horrific example of a misinformation, hate and use of the first amendment to attempt to incite illegal activity behind a very thin veil of protection.

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