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8 Weeks in, Idaho on pace to kill over 400 wolves; Montana raises it’s quota

Montana raises their quota, as planned, to over 200, but wolves are proving quite elusive. Idaho hunters are killing wolves at a pace of more than one a day.

Now that Montana has moved in to General hunting season, the quota for the state has raised up to the staggering 220. We can hope that Montana’s wolves remain elusive as their kill count has remained low.

One zone (313/316 wolf killing unit) has been closed for exceeding it’s quota and was not reopened as part of the transition to general hunting.

Official Montana Wolf Hunt Web Site

Idaho hunters are far more “diligent” in their wolf killing, mostly in zones that don’t have a quota – meaning that most of the wolves that have died have done so for no justification other than that they are wolves.

75 wolves are now dead, only 30 count towards quotas. While quotas may be a relatively weak way to justify hunting wolves (maintaining a stable population by setting the quota at or around the expected number of wolves living through their first year would allow for a population to remain stable) – completely avoiding quotas at all makes it clear that this is a politically-driven plan to drive the population of wolves down significantly in the state.

Following the current trend statistically, it would end up with 431 wolves being dead in Idaho when the quotas are hit.

Official Idaho Wolf Hunting Web Site

These hunts need to be halted, and federal biologists need to validate the state plans for their stated goals and make sure those goals are to protect the sustainability of the wolf population. Allowing more than 430 Northern Rocky Mountain wolves to die in Idaho, and 220 in Montana (a state which has a penchant for killing the wolves by the pack using tax payer money in addition to hunting) means we could see close to 700 wolves dead through culling and hunting before the end of the season.

Combine this with the imminent threat of Wyoming getting a shoot-on-sight driving hunting policy for wolves in that state, and wolves may soon be back on the endangered species list.

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