Wolf hunting outside Glacier National Park has been shut down by Montana wildlife officials after a single wolf was killed this week to fulfill a local quota on the predators.

The animal was taken by an archery hunter west of Glacier, one of two areas where there’s a specified harvest limit this hunting season. The other is north of Yellowstone National Park.

There are no quotas for the rest of Montana as officials seek to drive down the predator’s population.

It’s the state’s second consecutive wolf season and third in modern times following their recovery from widespread extermination last century. Montana had at least 653 wolves at the end of last year.

Government workers and ranchers in Montana have killed at least 74 wolves this year following livestock attacks.

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oldcowgirl

Has anyone noticed that richardr11 nasty hateful demeaning comments have been removed from this comment section ?? Plus removed from other comments on wolf stories !! LOL....

The Missoulian Moderator has done us all a big favor "Thank You" !! Free speech is one thing but name calling and personal attacks is uncalled for.....

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Jason Maxwell

kkmurals.... just a little side not for you, The fwp has realized how disease infested these animal are. As hunters and trappers we no longer have to claim any portion of them when killed. When I trap my 3 this year I'll send the gps location of each one so you can cry over its death and give it a proper burial.

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Jason Maxwell

Wolves create balance? Maybe in the late 1800 and early 1900 when there were free range buffalo and the deer and elk had a larger area grow. People are part of the "ecosystem" and there for the wildlife poplulation needs to be controlled.

Jason Maxwell

kkmurals wrote: "Then relocate them instead of senseless killing please" maybe you should educate yourself a bit before you open your mouth. How do you think they catch them to relocate them? With traps...If they are unharmed they are tranqualized and transported. If the trap breaks a leg or the wolf injures themselves they are shot on sight. Wolves have to be managed. I for one just got certified to trap wolves and am looking forward to trapping my limit.
http://www.montanaoutdoor.com/2012/10/wolf-trapping-classes-not-only-for-trappers/
Go sit in on this class and educate yourself.

LCHelenajr

the quota is much too low. We need real wolf management Increase the quota to 100 and make it worthwhile.

The 1995 illegal wolf introduction: "the cycle of idiocy continues"

Jason Maxwell

LCHelenajr.... quota of 100, where did you get that number? There is no quota to fill this year with the exception of 2 areas. In the trapping class they informed us there will be no limit of wolves harvested this year that will impact the wolf population.

Stillmike Miller

richardr11, every time I see you use demeaning language towards other people and swearing, I hit the little "report abuse" button to the right of you rname. I hope others start doing the same. With any luck, we'll see your hateful, vulgar comments stop.

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reality22f
reality22f

"Balance".....from what I've read the balance that you speak of pre-man was long-term balance, not short-term, meaning that the wolves/predators over killed the deer, elk and other prey to the point that they themselves starved to death due to the lack of available prey. Then with very few predators, the elk/deer/prey rebounded followed by a rebound of the predator population, and so on and so on.... these unacceptable high and lows are absurd and not practical in today's world of cars, farms, ranches, game herds... you're not out for "BALANCE" you're out for predator pits. That is what Yellowstone has become. Vistors used to come to see the greatest elk and moose herds in the world. Not any more.... the moose are almost gone & an absolute fool would believe the hype about "other factors" when moose in Utah and Colorado are doing more than just fine! Seem global warming is only effecting the moose in wolf infested areas!

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Roger
Roger

You're the one doing the crying, over verminous wolves of all things. Fortunately wolves will continue to be killed, so you better stock up on the Kleenex.

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murph

Have you ever been off of the pavement? You are just another in the potheads are us, birkenstock and dreadlocks crowd, so clueless when it comes to wildlife management. Spend a little time in the back country and tell me how stupid we in Montana are. The current wolf population in Montana is unsustainable and will need to be significantly reduced. Do wildlife a favor go find a street to play in.

Bittersweet
Bittersweet

To this day it still amazes me why some people throw such a big stink about structured management of canis lupus. Montana's population is very well established, they have been for years. Get over it. Find a species to "protect" that really does need protection.

kkmurals

Then relocate them instead of senseless killing please

Bittersweet
Bittersweet

This is modern day management kkmurals. Get used to it. It needs to be done. Yes wolves can create "balance" in an ecosystem. Unfortunately humans (including yourself) have already destroyed that balance. Sprinkling some wolves about the landscape isn't going to make your doube wide park go away. That was once wof habitat as well.

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Relocate them? Not a problem. Write a check to cover the costs and let us know what method of shipping you prefer (USPS, FedEx UPS) and where you would like them delivered.

Bittersweet
Bittersweet

Ahhh, what an interesting twist. Richturd created a new account and made herself an imaginary friend. (kkmurals) How sweet.

oldcowgirl

I do believe your right Bittersweet.... richturdr11 has been getting her nasty comments removed from the comments section on all wolf stories....So now we have 2 richturds to put up with. If only the Moderator would censer more of richardr11 and now kkmurals comments more, then we could have at least civil discussion. Name calling is making wolf lovers look like fools......and more people turning against wolves.....

Snowcrest

I hope it was a pregnant female.

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kkmurals

Good for you, Richard! You are educated, they are not

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sukeysafool

Lol...who cares...the wolf is dead you cowardly pos Internet troll.

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Stillmike Miller

richardr11, every time I see you use demeaning language towards other people and swearing, I hit the little "report abuse" button to the right of you rname. I hope others start doing the same. With any luck, we'll see your hateful, vulgar comments stop.

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richardr11

thus moron snowcrest doesn't know that wolves aren't pregnant in september.

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Jason Maxwell

Compare your comment with to the elk population and there is your answer. Fortunately for us, unlike elk, we have the ability to kill a wolf.

RPT

That wolf was harvested the 1st week of September... NOT this week.
The season for that HD ( 110 ) was closed on 9-07-12 when the quota was filled.
Any wolf taken this week in that HD was poached and taken through an illegal hunt.

Mazola

"Harvested" I always laugh when I hear that term used when killing animals. It's like a cop out by hunters, that they are doing something righteous if they label their gruesome action as such. Like they're doing everybody a service. Honey, I'ma gonna go harvest me a deer. Like it's wheat or something. It's a killing game under the guise of the vowel, harvesting. The basic fact of killing wild animals is being deflected by some toward the fuzzier, more nostalgic “harvest,” which conjures up images of Grandpa mowing the hay or rustic villagers picking grapes. The reason 'harvest" is used in place of "kill" is to make it a more warm and fuzzy and therefore a weak attempt to make more tolerable, to people that take offense at the hunters way of life. Oddly enough, fisherfolk have not resorted to this kind of newspeak. Hopefully there are real hunters who care, and making a stand against all the barbaric methods being used to kill, harvest, slaughter (whatever you want to call it) our wildlife. backcountryhunters dot org seem to be on the right track for the future of all hunting.

Jason Maxwell

Congratulations to that hunter!!! One is better than none, isn't that right richard11?

oldcowgirl

Congrats to the bow hunter !!

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oldcowgirl

Boy, aren't you a nasty one....must be richturdr11 sister or lover. maybe mother.??? (but I have a fealing its richturd using another name). If you don't live in MT, ID, WY you have know knowledge of what is happening. Wolves need to be mananaged just like all Predators in our states.. So mind your own business.......There is NO balance to nature.... It's either Boom or Bust. and we humans are part of nature and the ecosystem.....and have been for thousands also.....Our territory can only handle so many predators and when they over reach capacity the prey suffers and we end up in a predator pit......and name calling only shows your ignorance and proves NO point.......

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oldcowgirl

Now richturd don't be so nasty......you know you like me.... cookies anyone....

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