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    21 dead wolves so far. NW Yellowstone

    20 of Yellowstone National Park’s renowned gray wolves roamed from the park and were shot by hunters in recent months — the most killed by hunting in a single season since the predators were reintroduced to the region more than 25 years ago, according to park officials.

    15 wolves were shot after roaming across the park’s northern border into Montana, according to figures released to The Associated Press. Five more died in Idaho and Wyoming.

    Park officials said in a statement to AP that the deaths mark “a significant setback for the species’ long-term viability and for wolf research.”

    One pack — the Phantom Lake Pack — is now considered “eliminated” after most or all of its members were killed over a two-month span beginning in October, according to the park.

    An estimated 94 wolves remain in Yellowstone. But with months to go in Montana’s hunting season —- and wolf trapping season just getting underway — park officials said they expect more wolves to die after roaming from Yellowstone, where hunting is prohibited.

    Park Superintendent Cam Sholly first raised concerns last September about wolves dying near the park border. He recently urged Republican Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte to shut down hunting and trapping in the area for the remainder of the season.

    Sholly cited “the extraordinary number of Yellowstone wolves already killed this hunting season,” in a Dec. 16 letter to Gianforte released to AP under a freedom of information request.

    Gianforte, an avid hunter and trapper, did not directly address the request to halt hunting in a Wednesday letter responding to Sholly.

    “Once a wolf exits the park and enters lands in the State of Montana it may be harvested pursuant to regulations established by the (state wildlife) Commission under Montana law,” Gianforte wrote.

    Gianforte last year received a warning from a Montana game warden after trapping and shooting a radio-collared wolf about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of the park without taking a state-mandated trapper education course.

    In his response to Sholly, the governor said Montana protects against overhunting through rules adopted by the wildlife commission, which can review hunting seasons if harvest levels top a certain threshold.

    For southwestern Montana, including areas bordering the park, that threshold is 82 wolves. Sixty-four have been killed in that region to date this season, out of 150 wolves killed statewide, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

    The most recent wolf killing along the Montana-Yellowstone border happened on New Year’s Day.

    Wolf trapping in the area opened on Dec. 21. Under new rules, Montana hunters can use bait such as meat to lure in wolves for killing and trappers can now use snares in addition to leghold traps.

    “Allowances for trapping and especially baiting are a major concern, especially if these tactics lure wolves out of the park,” Yellowstone spokesperson Morgan Warthin said.

    Urged by Republican lawmakers, Montana wildlife officials last year loosened hunting and trapping rules for wolves statewide. They also eliminated longstanding wolf quota limits in areas bordering the park. The quotas, which Sholly asked Gianforte to reinstate, allowed only a few wolves to be killed along the border annually.

    The original quotas were meant to protect packs that draw tourists to Yellowstone from around the world for the chance to see a wolf in the wild.

    Montana’s efforts to make it easier to kill wolves mirror recent actions by Republicans and conservatives in other states such as Idaho and Wisconsin. The changes came after hunters and ranchers successfully lobbied to reduce wolf populations that prey on big game herds and occasionally on livestock.

    But the states’ increased aggression toward the predators has raised concerns among federal wildlife officials. In September, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it would examine if federal endangered species protections should be restored for more than 2,000 wolves in northern U.S. Rockies states including Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

    Protections for the region’s wolves were lifted a decade ago, based in part on assurances the states would maintain viable wolf populations.

    A representative of the hunting industry said outfitters and guides support the preservation of wolves inside Yellowstone. But once the animals cross the boundary, sustainable hunting and trapping should be allowed, said Montana Outfitters and Guides Association Executive Director Mac Minard.

    Minard questioned whether the 20 wolves killed so far this year after leaving Yellowstone should even be considered “park wolves.”

    “That just doesn’t make sense,” he said. “Why aren’t they ‘Montana wolves’ that happened to go into the park?”

    Marc Cooke with the advocacy group Wolves of the Rockies predicted a backlash against Gianforte and the state for not doing more to shield wolves leaving Yellowstone.

    “People love these animals and they bring in tons of money for the park,” Cooke said. “This boils down to the commercialization of wildlife for a small minority of special interest groups.”
    Another one killed today.
    I have been in this State for 30 years and I am willing to admit that I am part of the problem.

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    Gross

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    Nothing screams I'm a big tough gun-fag like some low life lardass who traps an animal just outside it's protected area and kills it.

    Fucking limp-dicked losers hiding behind laws crafted around insecurity and insured livestock.
    I still call it The Jake.

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    "Managing the species for healthy populations."

    Ummm...
    Gravity. It's the law.

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    Man, I could have had so much cred if I’d just skinned my dead dogs. Can’t the little Louis limp dicks leave room between management and wanton killing?

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    Send them to Boulder.
    Is it radix panax notoginseng? - splat

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakersTeleMark View Post
    Send them to Boulder.
    The killers or the wolves?

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    Should just let them roam Bozeman. That'll fix the high real estate prices.

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    Aren’t the private lands assholez like gianforte “hunt” boulder? I mean, same kinda dickheads.

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    At night with bait and snares.

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    I was shocked to see it from I-90. As soon as it was a thing.

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    LMMFAO!!!!!!

    Can’t wait for the douche bag from Southern California who thinks the wolf is his spirit animal to chime in.
    Hunting kicks ass.
    Chicks dig Labs.
    I'll keep my job, my money and my guns and you can keep the change.
    From my cold dead hands.

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    Hereís the agreement between the USFWS and the states of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. Whatís happening now is what was agreed upon back in 1994. If you donít like whatís happening you should have spoke up back in 1994.

    https://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie...f/EIS_1994.pdf
    Hunting kicks ass.
    Chicks dig Labs.
    I'll keep my job, my money and my guns and you can keep the change.
    From my cold dead hands.

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    Lulz. There are voters who weren't even alive in 1994. Take a lap beater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebirdhunter View Post
    Hereís the agreement between the USFWS and the states of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. Whatís happening now is what was agreed upon back in 1994. If you donít like whatís happening you should have spoke up back in 1994.

    https://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie...f/EIS_1994.pdf
    Cool, i was 6. Fuck Gianforte and fuck Montana's current political situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlMega View Post
    Lulz. There are voters who weren't even alive in 1994. Take a lap beater.
    All voters weren't alive when the second amendment was written. Does that make gun ownership invalid? Since when do laws have an experation date?

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    "lighten up, it's just a dog,"

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    Public lands grazing is welfare ranching. Harvesting predators is the worst part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    All voters weren't alive when the second amendment was written. Does that make gun ownership invalid? Since when do laws have an experation date?
    Dumber than usual today Benny. Follow the context and don't be a moron. Weak dick birdhunter started this smooth brain logic with his "should of said sumtin' in 1994". As if, the only time to express outrage, opinion or petition for change is reserved for those "of the time".... Or perhaps, over the nearly 30 years since - sensibilities change, circumstances deserve reexamination, we learn more... jesus fucking christ man. What are you? Ten years old?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlMega View Post
    Dumber than usual today Benny. Follow the context and don't be a moron. Weak dick birdhunter started this smooth brain logic with his "should of said sumtin' in 1994". As if, the only time to express outrage, opinion or petition for change is reserved for those "of the time".... Or perhaps, over the nearly 30 years since - sensibilities change, circumstances deserve reexamination, we learn more... jesus fucking christ man. What are you? Ten years old?
    Fuck off. Do you have a clue about the history of the west? Do you want to live with a pack of predators in your back yard? I wouldn't. Hey, if you want to live the Outside magazine best place to be contest, first rule, eliminate the animals above you in the food chain. But you probably live in Philadelphia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    Fuck off. Do you have a clue about the history of the west? Do you want to live with a pack of predators in your back yard? I wouldn't. Hey, if you want to live the Outside magazine best place to be contest, first rule, eliminate the animals above you in the food chain. But you probably live in Philadelphia.
    lol. Turds like bird hunter hate the history of the west, except for the kill shit part, you stupid cunt.

    fwiw,Boston was a big backer of montana copper mining, nyc a beneficiary. My g grandfather got taken in, what I think, was a montana copper mining scam circa 1910 (clancy, mt for $2600 then dollars)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    Fuck off. Do you have a clue about the history of the west? Do you want to live with a pack of predators in your back yard? I wouldn't. Hey, if you want to live the Outside magazine best place to be contest, first rule, eliminate the animals above you in the food chain. But you probably live in Philadelphia.
    You live in fucking NYC. Get the fuck out. Your shitty office building has more people than my entire county.

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    Dont let the cats out then.

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