Colville Tribe expands wolf hunting off reservation while pro-wolf groups wail

The Extinction Chronicles

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2017/aug/07/colville-tribe-expands-wolf-hunting-reservation-while-pro-wolf-groups-wail/

Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 10 a.m.

A male wolf is released after being trapped an fitted with a radio collar on the Colville Indian Reservation onf June 5, 2012.  The Tribe named the group of wolves in the Sanpoil River region of the reservation the Nc’icn Pack, which means “grey mist as far as you can see” in the Okanogan language. (Colville Confederated Tribes)
A male wolf is released after being trapped an fitted with a radio collar on the Colville Indian Reservation onf June 5, 2012. The Tribe named the group of wolves in the Sanpoil River region of the reservation the Nc’icn Pack, which means “grey mist as far as you can see” in the Okanogan language. (Colville Confederated Tribes)

ENDANGERED SPECIES – While animal advocate groups write letters and court the media and public for more “transparency” in managing Washington’s recovering wolf population, Native Americans are expanding their options for wolf hunting.

Animal groups seem to go frantic every time a wolf is threatened or removed for killing livestock, as though wolves are sacred. State and federal endangered species rules protect wolves but make provisions for managing animals that threaten people or livestock.

The Tribes aren’t bound by state and federal…

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2 thoughts on “Colville Tribe expands wolf hunting off reservation while pro-wolf groups wail

  1. Same old talking points. If the wolves are to become or stay wary of humans, humans need to stay away from them and leave them in peace. No constant presence out there to monitor, collar, study, photograph, and harass – no matter what the motivation, even if we clam we love them and want to see them. Cattle should not be allowed to graze unprotected, released deliberately near den sites, and then cover the information up in a joint effort with F&W, WAG, and the University of WA! And try to discredit the person who knew about it, and threaten his career over it. I think any claims by the Colville tribe ought to be investigated also.

    WA’s US model of a plan is looking pretty bad.

  2. The other thing I find very offensive it that these ranchers, and maybe even F&W, are using the Colville hunting rights to get rid of their ‘wolf problem’. They must think that hiding behind and creating a maze of political correctness will help them get their way, by swaying public opinion. I doubt they’d recognize indigenous rights in any other way, but hunting wolves is rather convenient, isn’t it. The public should be insulted that so little is thought of their intelligence.

    The rancher complaining about lost cattle has only himself to blame. He is responsible for their deaths by putting his cattle in a dangerous area. He does not have the sole right to the public lands, or the sole right to decide what happens to the wildlife on the public lands. I’m glad the tide of public opinion is turning on these matters, albeit slowly.

    There are only 100 or so wolves in the entire state. What if there were only 50 – would people still think it was correct for them to be hunted by tribal right, or killed on demand by ranchers? This is how animals go extinct, when human interests always take precedence.

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