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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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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Montana Game Managers have become(they always were) as resolute in destroying the ecological integrity of their Wolf population in the same way Idaho and Wyoming are........They will even vote in a law allowing hunters to kill the animals with silencers,,,,,,,,,,,,thus not alerting other Wolves and carnivores that the "human killing machine" is in the woods and out to end their existence...............How does the Western ethos of "god, family and country" enter into this truly senseless style of killing..............Tell you what, FAIR CHASE it sure ain't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Half the Wolves gone from the land in Montana and counting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bill to hunt wolves with silencers passes crucial House vote


Courtesy Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks

The Montana House of Representatives has passed second reading on a bill to allow hunters to use rifle silencers when hunting wolves. House Bill 27 would only allow silencers to be used after the general big game hunting season.

The sponsor, Representative Ted Washburn (R-Bozeman)  told the Helena Independent Record silencers help protect the hearing of hunters. He also says a company in his district makes rifles and silencers.

Washburn says about 600 Montanans already legally hunt with silencers when hunting coyote, fox, prairie dogs and gopher. He says those using silencers have to pass a 6-month federal background check and pay $250.
The House approved the bill 68 to 32. It has one more vote on third reading before moving the Senate.

Supporters say the bullets still make a loud noise when breaking the sound barrier and therefore don't sound like silencers on TV shows. Rather, they make it much quieter just in the immediate vicinity of the gun. Representative Virginia Court (D-Billings) still voted against the bill. She worries about the impact on landowners not being able to hear where the shots are coming from. She says she hikes on her cabin property in the Tobacco Root Mountains and is "often comforted when I hear the sound of a rifle shot because at least I know that they're in the area."

Great Falls Democratic Representative Tom Jacobson voted against the bill while it was in the House Fish Wildlife and Parks Committee. But he changed his mind and voted for it, citing some amendments: "It's outside of the normal season, so we don't have to worry about that if we hunt deer or elk, it will help take down more wolves and I think it's not an unfair advantage."

The wolf hunting season lasts through the end of this month.
 "Some people used to say Montana was moderate and promote Montana as "different" from other states. It just took a bit longer to get up to wolf killing speed".... "If this is moderate, than wolves don't need any more enemies"--George Wuerthner


650 wolves at the beginning of the season (Minimum Count)
111 Hunting
 75 Trapping
 96 Wildlife Services Controlled Action
 29 Other Mortalities 
   7 Land Owners
321  Wolves Killed to date 04Feb13
329 Wolf Minimum Count Currently in Montana

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