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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, January 13, 2013

Insanity reigns in Idaho.................These nimrods at FISH & GAME are going to have the Feds back in control of Wolf management in their State if they continue down their myopic and misguided path of killing Wolves as if they were "Terrorists".....................Did these so-called Idaho Biologists actually go to school and learn about carnivore management? The answer is obviously NO as they constantly refer to Elk and Deer as wildlife,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but all carnivores fall under the tag of vermin.............They are so desperate to kill Wolves that they will actually take money out of their Coyote kill plans and transfer it into Wolf killing $$............IF&G is actually thinking about paying trappers to come into so-called ELK depleted areas to destroy additional Wolves....

Idaho looks to hike pressure on wolves

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is considering two unusual measures to increase pressure on wolves.
The first would take $50,000 from a coyote control program in eastern Idaho and use it to supplement wolf control efforts in areas where elk herds are in decline. In the second effort, the department is looking to develop relationships with successful wolf trappers and possibly give them financial assistance.

Jeff Gould, manager of the department’s wildlife bureau in Boise, said the agency is hoping to offset some of the costs incurred by avid wolf trappers so long as they are working in areas where the department has documented elk declines.

“When there is a benefit to wildlife, we will see if there is an opportunity to help facilitate their activities,” he said.
The department has a goal of reducing Idaho’s wolf population well below current numbers but not so low that it would risk the animals once again coming under federal protection. Trapping is allowed in parts of the Panhandle, Dworshak-Elk City and McCall-Weiser zones and all of the Lolo, Selway and Middle Fork zones.

Gould said the department will ask trappers what would be of help to them and suggested it could be something as simple as helping with gas money or other expenses. He also said it is possible the department could contract with some wolf trappers to continue their efforts after the trapping season closes in March. Through Monday, trappers had killed 28 wolves since the season opened in November.

The department is also seeking approval from the Idaho Fish and Game Commission to take money it approved for coyote depredation and instead use it to assist with wolf depredation efforts.Each year the department transfers $100,000 from the sale of hunting licenses to the Idaho Animal Damage Control Board. Half of that money is used for general wildlife damage control efforts in the state and the other half is for specific projects chosen by the commission.

Since 2005, the commission directed the money to be used to kill coyotes in southeastern Idaho in an effort to increase survival of mule deer.However, the money wasn’t used last year because of an unusually mild winter. As a result, Gould said the program has a surplus and the department would like to divert this year’s allocation to wolf control.He said the money would be used to help offset expected declines in the budget of the federal wildlife services agency.“It’s a priority to make sure we are managing wolves in those areas where we are below (elk) objectives.”

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