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A tale of the wolf tracks (access required)

I've always thought the children's Fable, Little Red Riding Hood was much too violent to read to my girls right before we expect them to close their eyes and drift off peacefully to sleep. But at least it has what is considered to be a "happy" ending. You know, where the hunter arrives ...

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  1. Oops, here’s the study:

    fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/news/fg_news/10/aug.pdf

  2. Hi, please read this study put out by Fish & Game. 6 elk units have numbers below those set by Fish & Game, 10 are actually up, and 13 are within objectives.

    There are other reasons for elk mortality, e.g., bad winters (the winter of 96-97 culled the Lolo herd by 40%), bears, cougar, and humans.

    There are also other reasons someone like a taxidermist would mount fewer heads, i.e., hunter numbers continue to decline nationally. Fewer hunters = fewer trophies to mount.

    I don’t doubt that wolves predate elk herds and have impacted some. I also don’t doubt that elk have tried to adapt to the presence of wolves by trying to hang out in places other than those they used to hang out in, making it more difficult for hunters to find them. I also don’t doubt that some who don’t like the “Big Bad Wolf” will take their shots (pun intended) whether the facts support them or not.

    Hearsay statements such as “there are no elk,” the “elk are gone,” and “all we saw were wolf tracks” don’t say a whole lot.

    I’d rather rely on professional biologists who actually study animal populations long term as opposed to anecdotal complaints from hunters who whine that they went on a hunt and didn’t get anything.

    Not every hunt is successful. Deal with it!