WDFW kills 1 wolf too many from The Smackout Pack This Time

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July 27, 2017

One wolf removed from Smackout Pack The 2017 Wolf-Livestock Interaction Protocol describes tools and approaches designed to influence pack behavior with the goal of reducing the potential for recurrent livestock depredation while continuing to promote wolf recovery.

On July 20, WDFW notified the public that non-lethal deterrence measures were not achieving that goal in the Smackout pack territory, and that the director authorized incremental lethal removal of wolves as another tool to address recurrent depredations. The department’s approach to incremental removal consists of a period of active removal operations followed by a period of evaluation to determine if those actions met the goal. The protocol states that once a removal operation has begun, the department will update the public weekly on the number of individuals removed. Lethal removal actions began one week ago, and during that week the department removed 1 wolf. The protocol also states that in most situations the period of active removal will be two weeks or less. Removal operations are ongoing, and the department will provide another update in one week.

Donny Martorello James Unsworth Pay Attention!! Killing Wolves Actually Leads to More Livestock Deaths 

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Wake Up James Unsworth/ Donny Martorello… you have proven this beyond a shadow of a doubt!! Look at your track record…. you killed wolves last year… your experiencing more ISSUES THIS YEAR!! ATTENTION: researchers found that when wolves were killed one year, more livestock were killed by wolves in the next.

On the surface, killing wolves that kill sheep and cattle seems like a way to control predation, but the data paints a not-so-simple picture.

When predators clash with humans, debate grows fierce. Wolves, heralded as iconic North American animals, also draw the ire of ranchers who have to deal with the ones that kill their livestock. Wolf hunts are one way of dealing with animals that inevitably cross human-drawn lines, but—as the authors of a new study observe—there isn’t much research that looks into whether those hunts actually reduce livestock deaths.

The answer to that question might seem intuitive, but the new findings run counter to that expectation: Washington State University researchers found that when wolves were killed one year, more livestock were killed by wolves in the next. They published their research in PLOS One

Source: Killing Wolves Actually Leads to More Livestock Deaths | Smart News | Smithsonian

A Supreme Court decision on a case in 1842 became a foundation for the Public Trust Doctrine,

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By the Masked Biologist
Special to the Star Journal

The founding fathers traveled to the colonies primarily from Europe, especially England. At that time, British wildlife was considered the property of the landowner, and land ownership was limited to gentry, nobility, and monarchs. Wildlife in the colonies was likely treated as an endless commodity, along with timber and other natural resources. When the colonies became the United States of America, wildlife was not considered in the development of the constitution or its amendments.

As the boundary of the nation expanded westward, the need to explore new country was coupled with the opportunity to learn about this continent’s plants and animals. The Lewis and Clark expedition left from St. Louis in 1803, headed west using rivers and waterways in an attempt to find a trade route to the Pacific coast. They returned in 1806, successful in their mission. They hauled journals, sketches, live animals and animal skins and mounts halfway across the continent to meet the expedition’s mandates placed by President Jefferson. This was an era of exploration and manifest destiny—man was conquering the wilderness and discovering what wildlife inhabited it for his use.

This nation’s wildlife was exploited throughout the 1800s. Buffalo were slaughtered, skinned, and left to rot. Migratory birds, such as ducks and passenger pigeons, were shot in large masses and shipped by the barrelful on rail back to the east coast to feed people and hogs. Animals we now refer to as big game, such as wild turkey and deer, were treated as the property of the landowner, and often squandered. Any animal that was thought to have even a hint of a negative impact on humans or livestock were shot for a government bounty, including wolves, bobcats, and coyotes.

At the same time, a kind of upper class had developed, and many had a desire to make hunting a sport and treat animals with care and restraint. A Supreme Court decision on a case in 1842 became a foundation for the Public Trust Doctrine, which stated that this country’s wildlife resources are owned by no one, they are to be held in trust by government for present and future generations. Canadian officials saw this wildlife conservation ethic develop, and the ensuing treaties and cooperative efforts gave birth to the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.

The North American Model considered wildlife an international resource and eliminated markets for game, calling for the allocation of wildlife by law (such as licenses, closed seasons and legal forms of take). It further stated that wildlife is a public trust resource, and should only be killed for a legitimate purpose. For the first time, biological science is called to task when the model stated that science is the proper tool to carry out wildlife policy. Over decades, the model was further refined and put into practice. President Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency, 100 years after the Lewis and Clark expedition, was when significant wildlife policy implementation began.

Decades later, during Franklin Roosevelt’s administration, the 1937 Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (or Pittman-Robertson Act) was passed. In an era where the country was struggling mid-recovery from the Great Depression, the Aid in Restoration Act was a self-imposed federal tax on sportsmen who purchased hunting equipment. Wisconsin has received almost $200 million from this act for wildlife habitat development, land acquisition, wildlife health, research, hunter education, restoration of wild turkey, fisher, gray wolf and trumpeter swans. The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation has been heralded as the world’s most successful policy and law system developed to benefit wildlife and their habitats, with an emphasis on sound science—and it has withstood the test of time.

The Masked Biologist earned a Bachelor of Science degree from a university with a highly regarded wildlife biology program. His work in natural resource agencies across the country provided opportunities to gain experience with a variety of common and rare fish, plant and wildlife species. Follow The Masked Biologist on Facebook. Email questions to [email protected]

Source: Test of time: How today’s wildlife conservation efforts began and survived | Star Journal

Idaho May Offer Hunters Bounties for Bad Wolves, Allow Bait 

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Idaho is way under corruption with this one, and offering a bounty…. what kind of Elected Officials do we have? All to benefit the Rancher Once again….. If they cant make it on their own, they need to locate a different protection because WE are tired of tax dollars benefiting Ranchers!

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has proposed putting bounties on problem wolves and allowing hunters to lure wolves with bait.

The proposals come from the department’s Wolf Depredation Control Board, which has discussed how best to take action against the high number of wolves killing livestock and big game, the Capital Press reported (http://bit.ly/2v7VgjS ) Monday.

The board was established by the Legislature in 2014 to manage wolf-controlling funds. The board consists of representatives from the Department of Fish and Game, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, the ranching industry and the general public.

“The use of sportsmen who pay for the opportunity to hunt or trap is traditionally our best method of managing wildlife populations,” Fish and Game Director Virgil Morris said.

Wolf-related livestock killings are at an all-time low, but federal funding to programs aimed at killing problem wolves has been cut, leading to the state, ranchers and sportsmen paying the bill, Morris said.

Idaho Wildlife Services killed 75 wolves in 2015 out of a statewide population of at least 786, according to a report. There were 35 cattle and 125 sheep killings that year.

Hunters, most of whom were pursuing other game, killed 139 wolves in 2016. Trappers got another 131.

Bear hunters who use bait are allowed to shoot any wolves attracted to the bait if they also hold a wolf tag, Morris said.

The proposed wolf bait rule, which must be approved by the Legislature and the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, would encourage “more wolf hunters to go out in the field and just pursue a wolf, like bears,” Morris said.

Source: Idaho May Offer Hunters Bounties for Bad Wolves, Allow Bait | Idaho News | US News

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