Wolf Hunting Banned in 2012


After the controversial deaths of eight wolves at the hands of hunters the fall of 2012, including the well-known alpha female wolf, 832F (nickname “06”), Montana wildlife officials have decided to shut down wolf hunting and trapping in areas bordering Yellowstone National Park. Each of the wolves killed wore a tracking collar allowing researchers to follow and study its movements.

Officials put the wolf-hunting ban into place in part due to “public concern over the harvest of wolves that wandered out of Yellowstone National Park,” said a press release from the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission. Chairman of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission Bob Ream noted that the tracking collars and scientific study played a role in the decision as well.

“We recognize they put a lot of time and money and effort into collaring wolves, and we want to see that research continue,” he told The New York Times.

Wolves were removed from the endangered species list in 2010, and the ability to hunt them was recently legalized. The revocation of hunting privileges around Yellowstone comes after the most recent death of well known alpha female wolf, 832F.

National Parks Traveler reported that Tim Stevens, Northern Rockies regional director for the National Parks Conservation Association, applauds the decision and hopes that it isn’t just a temporary action.

“Just two years removed from the (endangered species) list in Montana, this year’s hunting season has taken a significant toll on iconic members of Yellowstone’s gray wolf population, which has included the killing of five wolves that were wearing scientific research collars, including one that was arguably Yellowstone’s most popular wolf among staff and visitors, alpha female 832F,” he said. “While this (ban) is temporary, we are hopeful that the state commission will set in place a permanent buffer around Yellowstone that will protect park wolves that occasionally leave the park’s boundaries, boundaries for which it is impossible for wildlife to understand the safety risks associated with it.”



via TheNewYorkTimes.com, TheBlaze.com, NationalParksTraveler.com

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  1. Hopefully it is not just “TEMPORARY”. Why would you beable to KILL Any Animals that were on the Endangered list at all, it doesn’t make any sense. They were “Endangered”, the population begins to grow (a good thing), then they are allowed to be killed when they step outside the park? Just doesn’t make any sense at all! Does anyone know what happened to the alpha female’s pup’s, has anyone seen them? The hunter’s took both mother & father away from the helpless pup’s in the dead of winter. The big mighty hunter’s should be proud of themselves.

  2. For someone who does not keep current with the folks that live in the areas that border the park , I would like to inform you of what the wolves are doing in and out the park. I visited Yellow Stone this year, I noticed that the Elk population has decreased due, to the increase in the wolf population. The bears have also became more aggressive attacking campers in their tents, and killing them .Prior to arrival a camper had lost his life to a female bear and her two cubs.I was told that the female bear was teaching her cubs to hunt. Also when speaking to the some of the residents of Cody Wy. they advised that they lost their small dog to a wolf ,this occurred when they let the dog to go to the bathroom. Also the ranchers in the area have livestock to the wolves. The population of wolves has increased over the years killing off the Elk population in yellowstone. I observed more elk outside the park then within it. And for the folks who said that they wanted to see the wolves in the park , be thankful that you did not. For in the wild these animals will attack you! They are terriorty and will kill you to protect it. So many people come to yellow stone to enjoy the beauty of the park and others think that is a petting zoo.

    Dave SamuelDecember 25, 2012 @ 5:34 pm
  3. First, BJS, this particular species of wolf has been delisted and is no longer on the “Endangered” list. Something that will also be happening to Grizzly Bears in the near future. The wolf breeding season is from late December up to early March. Conception doesn’t usually occur until near the end of that period. Pups are born after a 63 day gestation period. As you can see, pups would be 5-6 months or more of age in the dead of winter and more than capapble of taking care of themselves.
    Mr. Samuel: Yes of course there are less Elk. This is because their natural predator has been re-introduced and as a normal course the numbers of prey are reduced. This is called a natural predator prey blance and will swing from more wolves/less elk then back toward more elk/less wolves year to year. It is not only normal it is desirable. Wolves are territorial, to other wolves, not humans. A wolf will not attack a person for territorial reasons. However, like any wild animal (bear, raccoon, opossum, snake,you name it) they will attack for a variety of reasons, fear, disease, etc. I fail to see how the wolf population would have any affect on bear attacks. There have alwyas been bear attacks, again for a variety of reasons. To my knowledge, it has not increase as a result of wolf introduction (Bear don’t compete with wolf’s for food source). Oh, and bears do not hunt per se, the forage, scavenge, you’ll never see a bear creep up on an elk,deer, sheep or anything else and bring it down with a charge to feed. Yes people will lose livestock, it is also a natural result of us co-occupying space with predators. So be it, it is a risk of the business. Campers and their dogs? Yes, but when being in an area where it is in issue, the reasonalbe person takes steps. If you let your dog run loose on your property and it goes in the road and gets killed its not the drivers fault. You let your dog run loose, unattended in an area with predators and it gets killed, its the owners fault, not the predator. At the end there you make a valid point. It is not a petting zoo, people that treat it like that are the most likely to cause problems.
    I’m am not against scientifically sound hunting of predator or prey species but misinformed hysteria never has and never will result in sound policy.

  4. Petting Zoo, I guess some people may be that Stupid! If you are lucky enough to live near the park In that beautiful country you should take precautions so the animals you have aren’t killed, that look to you for protection. Maybe put up a fence around livestock with barbwire & take care of your pets after all it is the wild! You chose to live there. Thank goodness there still are parks so the animals can live without the danger of being killed by hunters. by the way, Is the hunter that killed the alpha wolf going to pay for the $4,000. collar that was on her for research, he should be fined? Hopefully all the different species of animals will still be around for many years to come that live in these protected parks!

  5. Absolutely BJS. I definitely do not believe in the wholesale slaughter of any animal and the no hunting in the park is a good idea. In fact, I am in complete agreement for limits outside the park based on the science of the animals range needs. As for the ranchers and their livestock, there are already programs in place which provide fair compensation for losses from predation where wolves have been reintroduced. (I acknowledge some ranchers may disagree and yes I have heard the horror stories of dealing with the gov for restitution but thats another problem.) Unfortunately an outright ban on hunting is not scientifically sound either. We, right or wrong, as a species are the dominant and controlling species on this planet. We have so changed the natural ecosystem that is incumbent on us to properly and soundly manage the ecosystem which unsavory as it is to some, requires the control of populations in both predator and prey species. Huntin is a valid and effective means of management. I personally would never hunt an animal as beautiful as a wolf, bear, any species of wild cat or the myriad other prey species that are hunted. With that said, I also understand the need to do so and the inherent place of the human as hunter in the health of the ecosystem.

  6. Bull. Wolves were there before humans. Of course the elk population has decreased, that is the natural order of things, but, they are by no means gone. There have been only two people killed by bears and neither person took the proper precautions they were told to take in regard to bears. Grizzly bears have always been dangerous animals and that has nothing to do with the wolves. I have seen many wolves in the park and they are beautiful creatures, I have followed the rules of the park and have never felt threatened. yellowstone is my favorite place in the United States and I love to observe all of the WILD animals in the park, they are all wild animals and can hurt you if you don’t follow the proper rules and regulations. I am happy they have a place they can still roam free and not be killed.

    Cassie NewsomJanuary 22, 2013 @ 11:01 am
  7. It’s Not Banned anymore! 1,000 Wolves have been killed this year! That is a terrible thing! Wolves Were Endangered! Now They Are allowed to be KILLED!!

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