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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Jefferson County, Montana Ranchers are trying "an end around"(Superbowl appropriate term today) in seeking to institute a wolf bounty in their region.........This, on top of the draconian State Wolf kill quota that went into effect upon Federal delisting this year............It goes to show that State management of trophic carnivores is problematic as it relates to it being based on sound scientific criteria..........Because the Montana Game Commisisoners are politically appointed by the Govenor,,,,, who in turn is beholden to affluent Rancher and Sportsmen Groups,,,,, the Jefferson County folks feel that they can up the ante on wolf killing and trapping and get on with the business of raising cattle the way they want to------getting rid of the wolves that they see as vermin......State Game Commisioner Leonard Wortman saids that there is a "51% loophole clause" in the State Wolf quota plan that makes it ok for bounties and additional wolf kills in a given County if the majority of livestock producers want that accomplished---TALK ABOUT FANNY MAE AND FREDDY MAC TYPE CORRUPTION AND YOU HAVE THE MONTANA SYSTEM OF MANAGING WOLVES

Stakeholders tackle proposed wolf bounty in Montana  Jojo Doria – AHN Sports Contributor

Helena, MT, United States (AHN Sports) – To address problems by some livestock owners in Montana, a bounty on large predators, such as wolves and mountain lions, in Jefferson County was proposed. The commissioners discussed the possibility of using tax money as a reward for killing wolves and mountain lions at the county meeting Tuesday. By statute, livestock producers would tax themselves and use the money as a bounty.

But the proposal has put state and federal officials in a quandary.The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is tasked to manage game animals, and mountain lions and gray wolves fall within the ambit of its jurisdiction. These large predators have recently been removed from the list of endangered species.

The state agency sets quotas and hunting seasons, hence, shooting game animals like wolves and lions outside of the seasons is illegal.Also, the taking of these said predators without the required permits or killing more than the established quota is illegal under its regulations.

According to Commissioner Leonard Wortman, their hands are tied if more than 51 percent of the livestock producers in the county petition for instituting the bounties. The alarming concerns from livestock owners over depredation in Jefferson County has been the driving force in the proposal.
On one hand, there were hunters who pleaded with the Jefferson County Commission Tuesday to reconsider the move to put bounties on these predators, and allow the FWP time to formulate means to better manage them.

The statute also provides a bounty on pups and kittens, a proposal which has elicited moral concerns from those opposed to the move.

1 comment:

Mark LaRoux said...

Hey Rick, I'm curious as to how the state defines a 'livestock producer'. Can someone raise 6 chickens in a coop behind their house and call themselves a livestock producer? Who gets to vote?