WotR Shuts Down HD 310,320 316 & 390
The 2012 season is the third Montana wolf hunt and the first Montana trapping season; the second Montana hunting season since wolves were delisted by Congress. This is the second year of a five year federal monitoring requirement by the Endangered Species Act over-viewed by USFWS.
Predator, prey dynamics and species diversity in Montana are perhaps the most complex within the continental United States.
With two hunting seasons completed and midway through the third hunting season, a vast amount of data has been documented, and hopefully, much has been learned. The prior two hunting season did not allow trapping so therefore the considerable impact of other predators on ungulate populations were not taken into consideration.
Measurable Objective states “Learn and Improve as we go!” These six words encourage thought and reason. Carolyn Sime realized almost immediately that there was cause for concern in the terrain that Montana & Yellowstone National Park share. With the loss of the Cottonwood Pack and its two collared wolves came setbacks. Research within the park that is of monumental value was staggered. Three years later we are experiencing Déjà vu. We must search within and realize we have drastically failed in implementing Objective #7.
Now it is essential, from both a research & tourist standpoint, that we implement the necessary adjustment to rectify this from happening again. We request that WMU 390 have a sub unit (WMU 390A Red Map Lines) within its shared border with Yellowstone Nation Park. We request that a quota based mechanism be implemented in WMU 390A; and that this quota be two wolves per hunting and trapping season. Within the WMU 390A we establish a closure area (Green Map Lines). There would be no hunting, trapping or snaring allowed of wolves in this specific area. The area in question has been closed in the past, so there is a precedence which suggest this is within acceptable parameters.
(This argument presented to Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks Commissioners in December 2012 led to the closing of wolf hunting areas that bordered Yellowstone National Park)
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