Wolf Speak from Montana—kill ‘em all

Nick Gevock and I share a couple things in common. First, he owns a house in Ennis, Montana that he can’t sell and, secondly, he and I have both had our lives threatened by the same Ennis outfitter. In addition, he shares a deep appreciation for wildlife and he studies the interaction of species in Montana and elsewhere. So, when I saw a column on wolves in the Montana Standard, I thought his pen might be behind it. Give this article a read—it makes a lot of sense. Thought you might enjoy, especially those who commented earlier this year when I said I’m going to start packing heat on the stream just in case a predator comes out of the bush while I’m casting flies. Let me know what you think.

Hated of Predators Reaches Ridiculous Fervor

by Nick Gevock

Let’s kill every wolf in Montana.

Sounds like a popular idea these days among hunters. While we’re at it, let’s kill every grizzly bear, every black bear and every mountain lion. Throw in golden eagles, bald eagles, rattlesnakes and coyotes. We’d be left with a hunter’s paradise – a state teeming with game animals and hunting opportunity, right?

That’s the sentiment I heard recently at a meeting on the hunting season setting proposals in Butte, where an oft-angry group of sportsmen called for large-scale killing of predators to increase the number of deer, elk and other game species. The suggestions ranged from having government trappers shoot wolves from helicopters to…Read More

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5 Responses to Wolf Speak from Montana—kill ‘em all

  1. jergens says:

    Great article Greg, thanks for sharing. I find the wolf issue to be fascinating, especially living out here, and it’s always hard to find information that isn’t biased one way or another.

  2. Greg Thomas says:

    That’s the beauty of newspaper. It’s the best info you can get and mostly unbiassed, usually based on fact providing both sides of a story. Too bad all our media didn’t use common sense and wasn’t backed by one donation or another. We’d all be a lot smarter and better able to make educated decisions. Thanks for the comment, bud.

  3. Matt says:

    Great article. There’s also a solid article in the Missoula Independent on the wolf/elk study going on in the West Fork of the Bitterroot right now. Lots of factors at play.

    Great new look for the Tonic. Two thumbs up.

  4. Greg Thomas says:

    Thanks for the props, and thanks for sending along the additional info on wolves and reporting about them.

  5. Mike says:

    It’s a question of balance. Here in the Blackfoot area elk numbers are high, but calf recruitment is about 6 per 100 cows. That’s no sustainable. Clearly things are out of whack. But wholesale slaughter of predators isn’t the answer, either. In the end, rather than satisfying people we need to do what is best for wildlife and the ecosystem. The effects are tangible from the highest to the lowest rungs of the food chain.

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