Please take action to keep wolf hunt quota low near Yellowstone National Park to support wolf tourism and research. 

Action Alert courtesy of Ilona Popper.

1.      Call each Montana Fish, Wildlife, Parks Commissioner:

Tim Aldrich, (406) 241-7164  (I just had a great conversation with him!)                                                                                                      Dan Vermillion, Chairman (406) 222-0624  or dan@sweetwatertravel.com  (our district)                                                  Richard Stuker, Vice-Chairman (406) 357-3495                                 Logan Brower, (406)230-2188                                                                     Shane Colton, (406) 259-9986

2.      Go to the meeting on Jan 24 and speak up.  Bozeman or Helena.

3.      Email Karen Loveless, Howard Burt, and Mark Delerey so they hear the other side from Gardiner:kloveless@mt.gov    hburt@mt.gov    mdelerey@mt.gov

The most important points are:

1. We thank FWP for proposing a quota of 2 wolves in unit 316 and 2 wolves in unit 313 and we ask that the Commissioners vote to approve these quotas.

2. We want to see FWP protect wolves in this area and keep quotas low and even lower in 313/316 to support wolf tourism and research. 

• Studies show that density of predators like wolves and lions can lower the rates of Chronic Wasting Disease in elk and deer.  (sources: N. Thompson Hobbs wrote “A Model Analysis of Effects of Wolf Predation on the Prevalence of Chronic Wasting Disease in Elk Populations of Rocky Mountain National Park.” by Hobbs  and “Mountain lions prey selectively on prion-infected mule deer,” lead author Caroline E. Krumm.)

• There already is plenty of “trophy hunter opportunity” for wolves nearby in Gardiner Basin, Paradise Valley and throughout Montana.

• Wolves in Gardiner basin (and throughout Montana) take very few livestock.

3.   We support FWPs review of the ways that they count wolves in Gardiner basin to better reflect the actual resident packs and the numbers of wolves that regularly use this area.  If the count inaccurately comes out to 30 resident wolves, as it did in 2016, quotas may be set too high and too many wolves removed.

Current FWP surveys show 12-15 resident wolves in this area, and as territorial animals, they mostly keep other wolves out.  At the proposed total quota of 4, we will kill 25% to 33% of the wolves in Gardiner basin. (FWP claims people may kill up to 29% without harm to the population, but we want to see a far lower percentage–see our point #2.)

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Featured image by NPS / Jim Peaco

Citizens oppose bringing back grizzly bear hunting seasons that would allow the iconic bruins to be killed for fun.

Source: New poll says public opposes griz delisting 

The New West / By Todd Wilkinson | Posted 11 hours ago
  

Removing federal protection for Greater Yellowstone grizzly bears is opposed by a broad cross section of Americans. Even more disconcerting to citizens surveyed in a recent public opinion poll is allowing Wyoming, Montana and Idaho to carry out trophy sport hunts of bruins. 

Those are just two findings announced Tuesday by the Humane Society of the United States and the Jackson Hole-based conservation group Wyoming Wildlife Advocates. Together they commissioned a national polling organization to gauge public sentiment on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to lift long-standing safeguards for bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
By a 3-1 margin the more than 3,000 citizens surveyed oppose bringing back grizzly bear hunting seasons that would allow the iconic bruins to be killed for fun.
“These polling results demonstrate that most Americans believe Yellowstone’s grizzly bears should not be killed for trophies,” said Nicole Paquette, vice president of wildlife protection for the Humane Society. “Not only is there no scientific justification for this premature proposal, there is no public appetite.”
The poll results arrive at a pivotal time, with more than 100,000 citizens already signing online petitions opposing grizzly delisting. In addition, tens of thousands are believed to be drafting written and oral comments. Many accuse the Fish and Wildlife Service of failing to adequately assess threats facing bear survival and not forcing states to clearly spell out how they would protect grizzlies if bears are returned to their custody.
Just last week a federal judge in Montana penned a strongly worded rebuke of the Fish and Wildlife Service for allegedly condoning political interference in preventing the listing of wolverines under the Endangered Species Act. The judge said the agency ignored science and did not fully acknowledge the threats to wolverine survival caused by climate change.  Click HERE to read more
Feature image by Jogn E Marriott