Wolves Are Getting it From the Left and the Right

Since 2011, when Congress stripped wolves of their Endangered Species status, an estimated 1,084 wolves have been killed in the Northern Rockies. Again, that’s ONE THOUSAND AND EIGHTY-FOUR living, breathing, social, intelligent wolves killed by scornful, fearful, vengeful and boastful humans, often in the most hideous ways imaginable.

Of course, that number might not seem so shocking if you consider that 5,450 wolves were killed in the Montana Territory in 1884, after a bounty on wolves was first instated there. Clearly, there were a lot more wolves in the country then as compared to now, but that didn’t stop the Obama Administration from declaring the species “recovered” in 2011 and handing them over to eagerly awaiting hostile, hateful anti-wolf states to “manage” as they see fit.

Now, under a plan supported by the federal government, the state of Wyoming is opening even more wolf habitat to unlimited killing. As of today, March 1st, until at least October, wolves can be slain there at will. How many will survive such an onslaught is anyone’s guess, but I can guarantee the number of “recovered” Wyoming wolves will be in the dozens or very low hundreds, not the thousands.

Doubtless, a few will survive…for a while. The famed “Custer wolf” eluded hunters and trappers for over ten years and over 2600 square miles along the Wyoming-South Dakota border, even though he had a $500.00 bounty on his head. The crafty fugitive was aided in out-witting the best hunters in the country by a pair of coyotes who flanked him on both sides, serving as sentinels. Finally a government hunter was assigned to track down the Custer wolf. He first shot the two coyotes, and six months later, in October 1920, he caught up with and killed the wolf, making him one of the last of his kind to live and die in the region for nearly a century.

Anyone (well, anyone with a conscience) should be ashamed to read about the gruesome war on wolves carried out in this country during the 1800s which resulted in the extinction of the species over most of the Lower 48. Common “extermination” practices used by “wolfers” included killing pups in their dens.

But where is the national outrage today as hunters and trappers in bloody red states like Wyoming, Idaho and Montana wipe out entire packs, including fathers, mothers and their pups?  Wyoming’s expanded wolf-killing season is all the more tragic given that spring is the time of year that wolves are denning.

From the group, Defenders of Wildlife: “This expanded hunt puts the most vulnerable population of wolves – pups and pregnant or nursing mothers – in greater danger of being shot on sight. This kill-at-will approach is exactly the kind of flawed policy we knew would happen if wolves prematurely lost their Endangered Species Act protection – this is why Defenders is suing the U.S. Department of Interior to restore Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection for wolves in Wyoming.”

It’s not like the administration didn’t know what might happen when the fate of the wolves was turned over to states with extreme anti-wolf plans already in place. In just two years over 1,000 wolves have been ruthlessly murdered by hunters and trappers eager to relive the gory glory days of the 1800s.

Obviously some people have a different reaction when they read their history books than those of us with a conscience.

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson, 2013. All Rights Reserved

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson, 2013. All Rights Reserved

15 thoughts on “Wolves Are Getting it From the Left and the Right

  1. Predation isn’t the issue here. It never was. If the dirty little hunt lobby and the powerful sadists club didn’t exist or wasn’t allowed to hunt, then other ways of protecting cattle would be sought. There are ways of protecting already, but that would not satisfy the blood lusting murderers who think slaughter of an innocent is a show of prowess. The controlling gun lobby probably also has a grubby little finger somewhere in this dirty little bastards club of unevolved, knuckle dragging, unintelligent, torturers (and yes I include complicit politicians and bent ‘wildlife’ workers) I mean, if you get rid of your hunters, you enlighten your people, what are you going to do with all your cowardly puff chested, hillbillies, rednecks, guns and gun profit?

  2. I honestly don’t know why they ever reintroduced them. It’s like backyard breeders cranking puppies out for pound deaths — except even worse. They DID know this would happen — and now all just sit back and permit the slaughter. Extreme stupidity and ethical bankruptcy at their worst.

    • I so agree, Annamarie. I love the idea of biodiversity but we may have been duped into believing it could be done via micromanagement. Not so! These poor animals are paying the price…sitting ducks.

  3. Obama and his cowboy @ the Interior, have been a disaster for wolves and wild horses since Obama took office. He delisted wolves in the Northern Rockies TWICE. First in 2009 and again with the help of the Democrats in the Senate, delisted them permanently, by signing the wolf delisted/budget bill with NO JUDICIAL REVIEW. He is tone deaf when it comes to the suffering that his administration has inflicted on wolves and wild horses. And the number of wolves killed is actually much higher than 1084 because Wildlife Services continues to kill hundreds of wolves every year in the Northern Rockies. It’s extermination Part two.

  4. Reblogged this on Howling For Justice and commented:
    Obama and his cowboy @ the Interior, have been a disaster for wolves and wild horses since Obama took office. He delisted wolves in the Northern Rockies TWICE. First in 2009 and again with the help of the Democrats in the Senate, delisted them permanently, by signing the wolf delisting rider/budget bill with NO JUDICIAL REVIEW. He is tone deaf when it comes to the suffering that his administration has inflicted on wolves and wild horses. And the number of wolves killed is actually much higher than 1084 because Wildlife Services continues to kill hundreds of wolves every year in the Northern Rockies. It’s extermination Part two.

  5. Everyone be sure to thank Barack “The Wolf Killer” Obama and his trusty sidekick in The Interior Department “Cowboy Kennie” along with 81 Senators for this horror!

  6. The almost complete extermination wolves in the late 1800’s brings to mind a quote by George
    Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” I can only pray that this time wolves don’t become extinct.

  7. Wolf Jihad: Montana legislature has a bill to allow landowners to shoot a “threatening wolf”. I thought ranchers/landowners already had this protection? Now asking the right to shoot a wolf on the next mountain or on their ranch or land? It no doubt means that any wolf seen can be seen as threatening and shot on sight, so it is a bill to treat wolves as varmints across the state and shoot on sight. It is hard for wolf haters on most sites to deal with facts, but wolves usually ignore mans’ domestic animals and stock, killing only .0029 percent of cattle, 74 of 2,500,000 in MT 2011. Even mountain lions usually do the same. Of course most wolf haters have trouble with statistics, facts and science and will deal only with absolute numbers and anecdotal opinion rather than percentages and probabilities, more folklore. I had geese, chickens, sheep, horses, and often a litter of Dalmatian pups on my place, and I had a resident mountain lion and a pack of coyotes that left me alone. It is another yokel-rancher-wildlife hater myth that predators need to be killed on sight. So, is this more hysterical nonsense coming out of this right wing anti-wildlife legislature? This is more among mounting evidence that wolves need to be re-listed in hostile western, if not all states, especially MT, WY and ID with state legislature attitudes of treating them like varmints to be shot on sight, extended hunt seasons with an extended trapping season.

  8. I live and work in Yellowstone and was driving under the Arch to look at a cabin a few weeks ago and the NPS had brought in indians to shoot and kill dozens of bison. There were gut piles everywhere and it wasn’t just for meat. A lot of them were left to rot. The goal is to kill 400 to 450 Yellowstone bison. The reasoning is to keep the same number of bison as people that work in the park that is simply insane. Another thing you will never hear about in the news is that 16 domestic dogs have been caught in wolf traps just outside the northern part of the Park. My suggestion is to push for Congress to take away the leased land from the ranchers around all the national parks and put the gray wolf (not to mention the polar bear and mountain lion and eagle) back on the Endangered Species list. These leases only bring in pennies, but tourism can bring in billions of dollars. I sincerely believe Barack Obama should go down in history as “The Wolf Killer!”. More wolves have been killed under his administration than all the other presidential administrations combined in the last 40 years! The irony is Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act in 1973.

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