Save The Elk - Graphic Photos...Just so you know.

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Save The Elk - Graphic Photos...Just so you know.

I thought I'd share.  More and more we hear of the elk populations out west taking a hit due to the increase in wolf populations.  This site seems pretty factual so I thought I'd share:

http://www.saveelk.com/index.html

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Tim,
I got that forwarded to me th other day. Crazy when a person thinks about it and sees those pictures.

Jared Schillinger

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Some amazing footage there. I've seen the majority of those videos on the discovery channel though.

hunttomuch, do you see very many wolves around your area?

All I have are those pesky little coyotes around my place. I'm pretty sure they're afraid of my dog though. And yesterday he chased a rottweiler and a half pitbull half german shepard out of my yard,.....good boy Buster!


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Here is a cool video that explains the need for management that is available through the site. Very common sense approach, to bad a lot of people don't understand it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWMpMoeN40Q


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Good video.  Definitely an interesting topic.  I have been reading Eastmans magazines for a while now and many people writing into the magazine and the Eastmans themselves have commented on how wolves are becoming a major threat to elk and deer populations.


 

 

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I've never seen a wolf but this year I did hear them all day while elk hunting.  Hard to get a bull to bugle.  I have come across a couple of kills while cat hunting and they always seem to just eat the butt.  I think they are the worst thing to happen to this state for elk and mule deer EVER.  I wish they were gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dead animals don't need fur anyway!!!!!!!!!!
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It pretty much makes me sick to my stomach that the wolf population has been allowed  to become so out of control!

Don't get me wrong, I like wolves, but they need to be managed like all other animals. Obviously we have a big problem on our hands as sportsman and the problem looks to get worse before it gets better.

The kill is the satisfying, indeed essential, conclusion to a successful hunt. But, I take no pleasure in the act itself. One does not hunt in order to kill, but kills in order to have hunted. Then why do I hunt? I hunt for the same reason my well-fed cat hunts...because I must, because it is in the blood, because I am the decendent of a thousand generations of hunters. I hunt because I am a hunter.- Finn Aagard

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Wow that's awesome!


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Makes me pretty happy when I read these reports.  I hunt elk exclusively in the Lolo zone 10/12.  The wolves have the run of the place and it's so rugged it's hard to catch up with them until they make calling/baiting/something legal.  I don't care if they issue hunting tags, I think they would be hard to hunt out there.  I would rather actually see a chopper come in and mow them down to restart the elk population growth immediately.  This will be the first year in a long time that I will not be bow hunting or rifle hunting elk in Idaho and the wolves help seal that deal.  I'll be back out there probably next year, but I will anticipate a much tougher hunt again.  2 horrible winters since 96 and mix in the increased wolf populaton since 03 along with the ruggedness and that zone will probably be pretty quiet for a couple of years.

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definately a cool video of the eagles hunting wolves!

Hmmm... Hunting wolves with an eagle in the U.S.? That would go over like a fart in church!


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Contact(s) Suzanne Stone, (208) 424-9385, (208) 861-4655 Erin McCallum, (202) 772-3217; (610) 207-5209

Lawsuit last hope for long-term wolf recovery in Northern Rockies

Suit filed as a last resort

 

WASHINGTON – Today, Defenders of Wildlife and 12 other conservation groups filed a lawsuit asking the courts to reverse the ill-timed and unwarranted removal of Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in the Northern Rockies. The lawsuit is a last resort, and only comes after exhausting all other reasonable options.

Regrettably, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar failed to fully consider both scientific and legal inadequacies underlying the Bush administration’s delisting rule before adopting it on April 2, 2009.  The Bush administration delisting rule adopted by Salazar essentially allows over two-thirds of the region’s wolves to be killed before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would even consider stepping back in and restoring protections.

The following is a statement by Suzanne Stone, Northern Rockies representative for Defenders of Wildlife:

“After working more than 20 years to restore wolves here, it’s a thrill to see the wolf population finally on the threshold of recovery with more than 1600 wolves in the region.  However, we cannot ignore that this delisting plan fails to protect their future and would allow states like Idaho, which has demanded that all wolves be removed ‘by any means necessary,’ to decimate the population to less than a few hundred wolves. We need a delisting plan that allows the wolf population to thrive while addressing the needs and concerns of our regional residents.   
 
“We had hoped to avoid the need for litigation, but Secretary Salazar’s decision to go forward with the Bush administration’s delisting plan, which allows states to reduce wolf numbers from 1650 (not including pups), to a mere 450 region wide, left us no choice.

“We are going to court in order to ensure that wolves are fully recovered and treated as key components of the Northern Rockies ecosystem – not as token isolated subpopulations maintained at the most minimum levels in national parks and wilderness areas. 

“We had expected at this point to be celebrating the recovery of the gray wolf in the Northern Rockies. Instead, after decades of recovery efforts, tremendous support and investment from the American public, impressive efforts by federal and state wildlife agencies, and one of the most successful wildlife restorations in history, the future of the gray wolf in the Rocky Mountains is once again in jeopardy.

“We look forward to one day seeing wolves fully recovered and under state management, but both the delisting plan and the state plans currently in place are not adequate to ensure the long-term recovery of wolves.

“Sadly, rather than committing to ensuring the long-term recovery of wolves, Secretary Salazar, like his predecessor in the Bush administration, has forced us again to the courts to reverse a delisting rule that puts us right back where we started – with a wolf population that cannot survive without federal protection.”
 

Learn more about Defenders' work to ensure the recovery of wolves in the Northern Rockies

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Defenders of Wildlife is represented in this litigation by Earthjustice, along with plaintiffs Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, The Humane Society of the United States, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands Project, Western Watersheds Project, Wildlands Project, and Hells Canyon Preservation Council.

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.  With more than 1 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come.  For more information, visit www.defenders.org