US & Norway Wolf Hunts

US & Norway Wolf Hunts

Helena : MT : USA | Sep 16, 2009 at 2:23 PM PDT
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Rally for and against upcoming Idaho wolf hunt

The wolf hunt has begun in Montana. Over 8,800 tags have been sold and continue to sell, though the state had predicted 15,000 to 17,000 to sell.
Right now, the hunt is taking place west of the Continental Divide in the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat wildernesses and the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness near Yellowstone National Park. Starting October 25th the wolf hunt will be on a broader scale during the big-game hunting season.

Hunters are allowed to kill one wolf, with the state's quota set at 75 wolves. Already one wolf has been killed in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.
The state is divided into three "wolf management units," with each unit having its own quota. When the quota in a unit is reached hunting there is closed. FWP has a map that is continuously updated with the current numbers for each unit.

In Norway, the wolf hunt has ended with the killing of 5 of the 20 wolves in the country. Though, the majority of the citizens of Norway opposed the hunt. In 5 counties alone 54% of the citizens said they're opposed to a national wolf hunt.

In Alaska, the wolf hunt, a.k.a. predator control program, is being hailed as a success due to the increase in moose and caribou. The predator control program was created in 2003, under Gov. Frank Murkowski to "help" rural Alaskans who rely on hunting to survive. They had complained there wasn't enough game to hunt and eat. So, Gov. Murkowski allowed private citizens to kill predators including gunning down wolves from planes and on land to increase the number of moose and caribou. Since then over 1,000 wolves as well as hundreds of black bears have been killed.

This year, the Nelchina Basin has seen an increase of 27% in moose populations. So, now for the first time in a decade this area will be opened to bull moose hunts for non-residents. Wade Willis, a former Fish and Game biologist made a very good point by saying the predator control programs are an artificial way of creating game farms.

Once again, ignorance is destroying the native wildlife and calling it a success.

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Eva Vincent is based in Montana, Montana, United States of America, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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