Montana is in our cross-hairs as we spotlight Montana’s policy on wolf hunting this June 2011, which doesn’t bode well for the gray wolf.
If you’ve been following the tides of blogs and newspaper columns concerning legislators delisting the gray wolves from the endangered species list, you’ll probably know that Montana (sadly, not the only state mind you) is on the forefront of contributing to the possible, inevitable demise of these beautiful creatures as a species.
Sam Blake, Founder of Never Cry Wolf Rescue & Adoptions, lends his voice, his knowledge and his time to any and all legislators who will listen to an educated voice of reason concerning the nature of the wolf. However, the boiler-plate responses that he receives (when he receives a response at all that is) is usually always lackluster at best.
Sam recently contacted Montana’s Governor, Brian Schweitzer, concerning wolf management in Montana following the recent delisting under the federal Endangered Species Act. Mr. Schweitzer’s response to Sam is as follows:
“Thank you for contacting me about wolf management in Montana following the recent delisting under the federal Endangered Species Act. By any credible scientific standard, the Northern Rocky Mountain wolf population is biologically recovered, and will remain so under state management. I assure you that Montana is committed to managing for a healthy, viable wolf population.
Wolves in Montana will be managed in a manner similar to mountain lions, black bears, elk, deer, and other wildlife. Just as with other species, wolf management and conservation must fit into the larger biological and social context, taking into account the needs of other wildlife, and the needs of people. In addition to traditional conservation and management tools like hunting, culling may also be used when individual wolves or packs are negatively affecting other wildlife or ranchers’ livestock.
Montana’s history is filled with successful wildlife restoration and management efforts. In fact, Western wolf recovery started in Montana when wolves began to re-colonize Glacier National Park 25 years ago. Since then wolf numbers have increased over much of their historic range, from just a handful to about 600 wolves in Montana and about 1700 wolves in the region.
Wolf recovery has been a success story, and Montana in recent years has shown it is fully capable of managing wolves. By continuing to use the best science available, and with patience, understanding, and cooperation by all, we will ensure that wolves remain an important part of the ecosystem into the future.
Again, I thank you for letting me know your thoughts.
Governor Brian Schweitzer”
Never Cry is asking all fellow wolf-lovers, as well as, any and all individuals who understand that man doesn’t have the right to obliterate any species, to lend your voice loud and clear to your state’s congress people declaring the following:
Man has no right to ignorantly displace and dispel these animals as they, too, have the right to exist in their natural habitat; man needs to be mindful before placing a homestead in areas where the wolf lives and/or learn to live with them.
For further information on Montana’s stance concerning the wolves, please visit this link. In the search box, type in “Montana Wolves”.
A thought-provoking article was found at Ammoland.com regarding the hunting of wolves in Montana, which seems to boast some interesting numbers. Montana FWP Seeks Comment On 2011 Wolf Hunting Season.
We would sincerely appreciate your comments on this thread! Let’s build-up a comment list that proves to lawmakers that the people’s voice is resounding loud and clear, that all wolves have the right to exist beyond man’s meager sense of number allotment. And, let’s fight for the wolves. They’re an important part in the ecosystem, as well as, many human hearts around the globe.