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Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2012 10:36 pm | Updated: 8:40 am, Tue Apr 22, 2014.

Three generations of the Grande family shared a bonding experience Saturday morning when they followed a wolf through northwest Kalispell.

Clarence Grande said he was the first to see the animal — which was later positively identified as a wolf by biologists with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks — as he was leaving his Glenwood Drive home at about 11 a.m.

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          43 comments:

          • tjf posted at 10:05 pm on Wed, Apr 18, 2012.

            tjf Posts: 21

            I'm glad my kids walk to school instead of "waiting on the school bus" where those wolves hang out.

             
          • Oldhoss posted at 11:11 am on Mon, Apr 9, 2012.

            Oldhoss Posts: 37

            Wolf sightings have and will increase. Man has once again tried to intervien in nature and has screwed it up. Introducing Canadian wolves here was a mistake. Now we live with a decision by the powers to be who should be held accountable. But accountability is not present in our society now days. They have ruined a food source, deer and elk and moose, they have ruined a financial industry, namely hunting and all the spinoffs. Nice huh? A generation ago, wise men could see that herds of elk and deer ment food and money. They took action to preserve. But alas, some people wanted to see wolves back in the system. Now all will suffer. Soon, when more of the herds are gone, wolves will come to town to eat pets and yes children waiting on the school bus. Get used to it. It will happen. I hope those who could have stopped this insane act , and have the blood of killed children and adults on their hands are happy. Montana Fish and Wildlife is guilty. What did they do to stop this? We all know the answer to that one. I say shoot on site. Trap, bait, kill all the wolves you can. Maybe we can help somewhat, but for hunting to be like it once was is not possible. Arm yourselfs always. You are a food source to the wolf, a killing machine. When a food source is plentyful, he kills and eats very little, and moves on to kill again. He likes to kill. He would rather kill than eat. It is just him.

             
          • BSUjack posted at 9:17 am on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

            BSUjack Posts: 57

            If we have wolves running around Kalispell, Whitefish,killing cattle in Columbia Falls, chasing horses in Evergreen, and getting hit by cars along with all the sightings we've had this winter. WE GOT TOO MANY WOLVES PEOPLE !!!

             
          • tjf posted at 2:49 pm on Mon, Mar 19, 2012.

            tjf Posts: 21

            Here's one of the all-time wonderous remarks: "Get real as I said our ancestors thinned these animals out because they were killing all the food sources out of existence."
            They (ancestors) sure did! Including bison.

             
          • oust07 posted at 10:42 pm on Mon, Mar 5, 2012.

            oust07 Posts: 12

            Point -of-view is interesing, confining the wolf to "back country", or is it pushing the wolf ? Or confining ourselves from the wolves natural habitat? I have never heard of wolf packs in city limits, unless the city limits expand. What ever happened to "you kill it , you eat it"?

             
          • Strider posted at 6:38 am on Thu, Mar 1, 2012.

            Strider Posts: 432

            When you have no more rational arguments left, you resort to mockery & ridicule? It is not the lone wolf who is such a threat, but the pack. What this story tells us is that wolves are NOT being confined to the back country. What some of the comments tell us is that despite the historical facts of ravenous predation, some still think of the wolf as a noble creature worthy of our protection at great cost.

             
          • MrLaffs posted at 2:41 pm on Wed, Feb 29, 2012.

            MrLaffs Posts: 158

            I saw the thing! I can tell you he was up to no good. He had an unfiltered Camel hanging out of his maw and was drinking the last of a sixer of PBR. As I watched, he broke into several cars and took the contents down to National Pawn to get enough money to by some crank. Wolves are the reason we are all getting ripped off at night!!!!

             
          • county resident posted at 10:56 am on Wed, Feb 29, 2012.

            county resident Posts: 26

            I'm with you, nomorefreedom. It just amazes me that people are so terrified of one of God's creatures. I recently saw the video-cam of the wolf attempting to get off the Middle School football field, and it was pretty obvious that the animal was scared, lost and completely worn out. It really looked "ferocious" didn't it?
            I overheard a group of "big, brave hunters" recently discussing shooting anything that they see running around in the dark or in the woods that even remotely resembles a wolf, "just to be sure they get them all", and I wonder how many lost pets end up in their sights! One guy was talking about putting his sights on two big black dogs walking down a road in the dark and nearly shot before he realized that there was a man walking with them and they were on a leash! If people don't get a grip on reality, someone will end up getting shot in this hysteria! How many cries of "wolf" are we going to hear now that one was actually seen in daylight in Kalispell?

             
          • nomorefreedom posted at 9:52 am on Wed, Feb 29, 2012.

            nomorefreedom Posts: 9

            Ok all you big brave hunters...now you can shoot any kids pet dog that looks like a WOLF!! Even the FWP doesn't know what they look like and neither do you! But thats ok right? Shoot that dog and make your day!!!

             
          • campo posted at 8:42 pm on Mon, Feb 27, 2012.

            campo Posts: 136

            And you know what, I have talked to Kent Laudon a few times. I found him to be completely candid, open, and honest about what he knows and what he doesn't know. He firmly admits what are the low numbers and what are probably high. He takes sitings seriously, is open to them, and depends on them. You can't even find a stinkin bear in these woods, but yet seem to know more about a MUCH more elusive and less populous animal than all the bios who have the collars, their frequencies, den sites, planes, helicopters, and all the other tools to determine numbers, I find it hilarious. You want people to follow you like the Pied Piper because you yell the loudest?

            Tell ya what, why don't you just run on back to the midwest, find a treestand, and blast the next bear that waddles in and sticks his head in your 55 gallon drum filled with restaurant grease and hohos. Put it on your wall and call yourself a nimrod.

             
          • campo posted at 2:22 pm on Mon, Feb 27, 2012.

            campo Posts: 136

            My Gosh Bridges, you keep spewing the same crap over and over. I forgot to throw you and your LOBO watch in with SFW/BGF. You were actually in on starting the SFW chapter in MT. Anyone that follows you and your crap or gives you a single dime is an idiot.

            Seriously, impossible to kill a bear here? Laffin MAO. If you can't kill a spring bear in MT, you don't belong in the woods. I pass on no less than 30 DIFFERENT bears every spring. Bear hunting is the biggest "gimme" we have going here. While I will agree that things like baiting have theri merits, as far as picking mature bears, don't go around spouting that its impossible to kill a bear here. I feel we should get 2 tags as well. We should follow ID in their bear regs. The fact of the matter is most hunters are lazy. They want to sit over a pile of twinkies and kill a bear. I also think bears are not being killed because the economy, guys don't want to pay 350 bucks for a tanned hide let alone a rug at 150 bucks a square foot. Nor do they want to deal with the worm ridden meat. Many quit killing bears when MT made it a requirement to take the meat out of the woods. It isn't all a giant conspiracy that you want to believe it is.

            Why don't you just say again why you moved to MT. You are here to weasel yourself into position to start a muzzleloader season here in MT. You want us bowhunters to share the rut. You said it yourself on bowsite.com, then you were shouted down and told to pound sand. Modern muzzleloaders don't belong anywhere near a rutting bull. LOBO watch is just a sideshow to ingratiate yourself to ignorant masses that don't know what you are really about. But I do, you told me yourself in a personal email.

            And stop blaming FWP for griz problems. That is a federal issue, they have to be delisted. If you would spend just one minute talking with a bio here, you would know they are ready to roll on a griz hunt. But you can't stop flapping your gums about wolves long enough to hear anything. Christ, you act like you have lived here your whole dang life and have a lifetime of experience here. You are a loudmouthed transplant with ulterior motives for getting us sportsmen on your bandwagon.

            Its because of outfits like yours that I posted the websites I did. So hunters here in nw MT can become truly knowledgeable about the issues that will really effect the future of hunting.

            There are those of us that have lived and hunted around these so called "Canadian" transplants since the 80s, long before they were dropped in Yellowstone. They are not transplanted, they were NEVER exterminated from this area. They have just grown in numbers and spread all over heck. We should have been hunting and trapping them about 8 years ago. This isn't our first rodeo, and we don't need you wizzing all over the place, acting like we are all stupid and don't know what is going on. You are one of the ones I warned people about, profitting off wolves just like the greenpeace bunch, you are no different and no better.

             
          • county resident posted at 10:44 am on Mon, Feb 27, 2012.

            county resident Posts: 26

            I have been reading with interest the story about the wolf on the west side, and the comments. Someone actually tracked this critter through the fields west of town? It amazes me the amount of fear this animal seems to bring out in people. I would think that maybe too many "werewolf" movies growing up may be part of the problem. We had a grizzly visit Kalispell last fall, we have frequent visits from cougars and people will stop and pull out their cameras when they spot a fox. Do any of you realize that a wolf is a bigger version of a fox or coyote, just like a cougar is a bigger version of a bobcat?
            Where did all the hysteria come from regarding an animal? There are way more documented attacks on people from pet dogs than from wolves, and yet everyone fears these animals!
            I live west of Kalispell and we have had a wolf visit our neighborhood several times over the past several years. (Probably a lot more, just hasn't been seen). This animal was seen walking through our neighbor's yard and they have two small dogs they leave tied outdoors when they are not home. They have never been bothered. We have dogs, birds and cats as well as larger livestock and have never had a problem with this animal. The only time we know it is around is when we see tracks in the snow and very seldom hear it howl in answer to the coyotes who howl in the area. I have seen this animal once, and it is very elusive. We have deer galore, lots of grouse and wild rabbits around and the numbers of those haven't been affected by this guy. We try to be careful and protect our pets, but we are living in the woods, and so do the wild animals.
            What is the matter with people? I have read the comments and am of the same opinion as Lab Luva and Pequot. All these big, brave hunters with guns absolutely amaze me with their hatred of these animals. I am wondering if there are two reasons for that. 1) The presence of these predators has caused the game to be more cautious, therefore making hunting a more challenging sport than it used to be when you could drive down the road and pick one off at random and 2) they are afraid to get out and walk around in the woods, even with their big guns!
            As was stated by one of the other comments, this IS MONTANA, where there are wild animals, forests and wonderful scenery. We have all chosen to live among them. Can't we all just learn to get along?

             
          • Pequot posted at 7:46 am on Mon, Feb 27, 2012.

            Pequot Posts: 525

            For those of you with a broad enough intellect and sufficient compassion as a human being I recommend reading Nicholas Evans book 'The Loop'. If you lack both then don't waste your time.

             
          • amnotacorporation posted at 10:43 pm on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            amnotacorporation Posts: 154

            dash cams have a habit of disappearing here in good ol Montany

             
          • montanaeasy56 posted at 8:07 pm on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            montanaeasy56 Posts: 234

            Glad the cops' dash cam got the picutes of the wolf.....ortherwise the experts at FWP would have said what they have been saying in Lincoln County for a couple of years now when a wolf sighting has been reported by ordinary citizens, "oh it was just a dog or a big coyote." With the dash cam proof they can't weasel their way out of this one.

             
          • Fast posted at 7:47 pm on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            Fast Posts: 248

            Three of my neighbors that are  alway whining  about wolves all  have a bumper stickers on there trucks that read. ' smoke a pack'  referring to a pack   of wolves. None of them went into the field with a wolf tag this year. I suspect that there a lot more people here that talk the talk but don't walk it.  If the Apaches in Arizona can  get  there wolves under control using compound bows you would think these clone hunters could fill the wolf quotas.  

             
          • Lab Luva posted at 6:13 pm on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            Lab Luva Posts: 1

            Just isn't true that there is no game. We live between Libby and Kalispell; out every day ... there are more deer, elk and moose than ever. I do believe that the game has gotten much smarter with the return of wolves. And last year's hard winter and hunting pressure combine with lion and bear and wolf kills to affect the populations. I'm shocked at the vitriol directed at this amazing creature. The men rushing out to buy wolf guns; the talk of ways to poison; members of the SSS Club. Perhaps the folks that are frightened need to ask themselves what the wolf has to teach them about themselves. I live in the forest. Wolf, lion, deer tracks abound. A bobcat appeared a couple of days ago. I do my best to protect my cat and dog but c'mon ... it's MY choice to live here. I take responibility for that choice. It's not about killing all predators. Bottom line, I'm more fearful of the two legged ones than the four leggeds.

             
          • willie3 posted at 4:50 pm on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            willie3 Posts: 7

            Two years ago after a fresh snow, I reported huge tracks in the snow which were wolf prints. I measured and photographed the prints were 51/24 w by 63/4 L. I emailed to FWP and they said oh that is a big dog. FWP has no clue how few animals are left and would not agree to anything but dog in my situation. If it was a dog it was as big as my truck. I live just off of West Reserve Drive by Mountain Villa. FWP, will not get serious on this issue till they have a serious loss of revenue, as all funds for their operation comes from hunters and the licenses they sell. We soon will see some more aggressive action as they will go to the legislature for funding as it is being dropped by hunters. Legislators need to say no to them till they correct the wolf problem. First they destroyed the Kokanee population in Flathead, now they have effectively destroyed the Ungulate population. If you read the comments here there are some really crazy people living here that call themselves normal.

             
          • oust07 posted at 3:27 pm on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            oust07 Posts: 12

            We live in Montana this is a wild animal, what is the problem? I don't live here for the money or all of the career opportunities, because they are few and far between. I live here because it is real. So close to nature and so far from any large city or population. I am surprised that I have not seen more wild animals in this area. Wolves play a part in the food chain in the wilderness and we are above the wolves so we are delegated the responsibility to be good stewards to the eco system in which we choose to live, that is why the wolf had a collar. It is important to remember that there are well educated people specially trained in the studies of "wild" animals and native and non-native plants and the impacts of human presence. Without this counter weight of education, we would decimate any species that eats meat (wolf, mountain lion), or is readily available (buffalo, beaver for example). I find it interesting that people find wolves a threat to their children, when domesticated dogs have Far more documented history of attacking children, adults, and other animals, and yet there are Television shows about the preservation of Pitt bulls.

             
          • Strider posted at 3:14 pm on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            Strider Posts: 432

            Let's say I obey the law & put my pet dog out on a cable or in a fenced backyard. Then when I go to bring it in for the night, nothing is left but bits of hair & blood.

            Explain to me "Michael" just how that equates to my carelessness. Is your argument based upon a rational analysis of the facts of wolf behavior or just how you feel about the subject?

             
          • Snow lover posted at 1:40 pm on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            Snow lover Posts: 29

            Okay let me get this straight all you animal lovers are crazy about wolves well go give them a hug for me, because I have pets and love them but these animals were thinned out by our ancestors. They are a predatory animal and yes I don't want them in town near my animals or any children. You call it fear I call it knowledge that these are dangerous animals which unlike the Grizzly bear have only one thing in mind Kill, Kill and yes Kill. Just because a story might cause you to think that like the wolves in Russia incident doesn't seem like it could happen does that make it a fabricated story. You want to think that these are gentle animals or we should protect every species on the Earth. Get real as I said our ancestors thinned these animals out because they were killing all the food sources out of existence. Have you seen what a wolf pack can do? Not a pretty sight. Oh this was one wolf so we shouldn't worry that's right they won't attack a human, yeah right. Saying the truth doesn't make it fear mongering it is called knowing the truth.

             
          • averagejoe posted at 1:37 pm on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            averagejoe Posts: 253

            Best be keeping a close watch on your domestic animals this winter. Theres not a lot of deer, elk ect left in the woods so the wolves and lions will be moving closer to town where game is plentiful. In early January I saw a very large 5 point white tail on sixth ave w and 7th street at 5:30 in the morning.
            Lone wolves won't hunt large animals on their own but they will eat cats, dogs, chicken,goats and sheep. The way this one has no apparent fear of humans does worry me though, if hungry enough it could grab a small child, unlikely but the possibility does exist. There have been attacks in recent years by young hungry lions in Western Montana, and wolves are opportunistic predators like lions are.

             
          • amnotacorporation posted at 1:29 pm on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            amnotacorporation Posts: 154

            Following is an e-mail sent to reporter Eve Byron, with thoughts on feelings that FWP is still way off base when it comes to the impact we've seen.

            Eve;

            Thank you for a very good story on the impact of predator depredation on our big game herds. LOBO WATCH was launched in late 2008 primarily to stir the emotions of hunters in the Northern Rockies and to get them more involved in fighting for more effective control of wolf numbers - to reduce their impact on big game populations. Last year (2011) concerned sportsmen made close to 500,000 visits to the LOBO WATCH website to keep up with what was or was not happening when it came to controlling wolf numbers and wolf depredation.

            Every LOBO WATCH release that goes out shares our mission statement directly beneath the LOBO WATCH banner - "

            Sportsmen Taking Charge of Predator Problems
            It is the unanimous feeling among LOBO WATCH followers that - Good Big Game Conservation Begins With Predator Management . It is also our feeling that MT FWP has failed to properly manage predators, and now we are faced with moving away from "management" and switching to "control" .

            Your article shares one of the biggest problems we still face, and that is continued denial by FWP that wolves are the primary factor in the depredation we have witnessed. Every pile of wolf scat that's come across is laced with elk hair and deer hair. Used to be you'd find many piles filled with moose hair, but since the moose are relatively wiped out in most areas of western Montana now, you don't see that much any more. Walk most any closed Forest Service roads just about anywhere in the western 1/3 of this state right now, and guess what tracks you'll find - wolf tracks. Yes there are way too many lions out there. Still, for every lion track I cut during my daily walks, I'll find 9 or 10 sets of wolf tracks. And come spring, yes there are a lot of bears, probably too many, and we will loose a lot of elk calves and deer fawns to those predators.

            But, again, who's fault is that? MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks, that's who!

            Montana's black bear hunting regulations are a joke. It's as if they sat down, and drafted regulations which would make it the MOST IMPOSSIBLE for a hunter to fill his or her tag. It's illegal to hunt over a bait...it's illegal to use hunting scents...it's illegal to hunt bears with dogs. Their "Spot & Stalk Only" does not entice enough hunters to go specifically after bears - due to extremely low hunter success. Most hunters only buy a bear tag to have along should they come across one when hunting elk and deer in the fall. If more black bears are to be harvested, those regulations definitely need relaxed.

            Too many lions? Seems I've heard that for several years now. Solution, forget the quotas, forget the gender specific restrictions. Open up all western Montana counties to lion hunting from September 1 until April 15, and let's knock the estimated number of the big cats in half as quickly as we can.

            As for wolves, they have NEVER EVER BEEN MANAGED ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD THROUGH SPORT HUNTING! Wolves have always had to be controlled, not managed. And that is done by allowing them to be shot when an opportunity presents itself - 365-days a year. I will be the first to call anyone at FWP a liar if they say they know how many wolves are in this state. They do not. The math presented by Dr. L David Mech, in his deposition during the 2008 delisting hearing, supports that there are now somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,000 to 2,500 wolves in Montana - not the 880 FWP was admitting to when they claimed that filling the 220 quota for the 2011 wolf season would represent a 25% reduction of the wolf population in this state. With a more realistic 2,000 population figure, the 166 wolves that were taken only reduced the population by 8.3%. Now, with a typical 30% reproductive growth in wolf numbers, the pups born this spring will add 550 new wolves to contend with. As we always have with FWP's "management" of wolves, we'll continue to lose ground...and continue to lose the battle to ever gain control of the wolf problem. And as the wolves continue to move to the East, those growing elk herds that FWP boasted about in your article will nose dive quickly. While hunting in Petroleum and Garfield counties last November, I came across fresh wolf tracks several times. And I know ranchers in Fergus County who have lost cattle to wolves.

            Getting honest about predator numbers is something that FWP seems to have a real problem with, not just with wolves (and probably lions), but with grizzly bears as well. For most of the past 4 years, FWP has regularly thrown out the number "900" as a likely statewide population of the big bears. Just this past November, at a sportsmen's meeting in Kalispell, when pressured by extremely angry hunters who could not find as much as an elk track, one FWP official stated that the problem wasn't all due to wolves, that grizzlies were also making a big impact on elk numbers by accounting for a high number of calves in the spring. He also shared with the crowd that there were some 1,000 of the big bears in Region 1 alone. With all the growing problems with the bears in the Greater Yellowstone Area, the southern mountains of this state very likely have a similar number - and spread up and down all the other mountainous country between Glacier National Park and Yellowstone, there's very likely another 500 of the bears. In short, the grizzly population of Montana is more like 2,500...not 900. And as long as MT FWP continues to downplay the number of the bears, it's unlikely that USFWS will allow their numbers to be controlled.

            Among the statements made by FWP managers or biologists in your article at the following link, there are probably some valid statements...but rest assured there is still a great deal of denial and continued cover up. I will share this e-mail with hundreds of Montana resident sportsmen and sports women, and with a large number of our elected officials as well. Whatever FWP's new agenda may be, it truly seems to be far from their official legislated mission. And we want them back on track immediately.

            http://helenair.com/news/local/in-the-crosshairs-of-a-perfect-storm/article_572881b2-6045-11e1-8315-001871e3ce6c.html


            Toby Bridges LOBO WATCH www.lobowatch.com

             
          • nomorefreedom posted at 11:49 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            nomorefreedom Posts: 9

            I agree Michael..here's a line from a poem I have never forgotten: "Kill, kill,kill...After you kill your enemies, kill your friends, after you kill your friends, kill a cat and call it a whim...I am the sun...I like my world like that!" Let's all go out and shoot and trap everything out there....why not...we don't NEED any wild "things" mucking up our perfect little world right??????

             
          • michael posted at 11:05 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            michael Posts: 534

            If nothing else, the posts herein have given me probably the biggest laugh I will have for the day. What a bunch of whiney, scardy cat, chicken littles. The wolf didn't turn on anyone right? What causes more harm to our way of life is nutbag conspiracy folks. Get real! Take a deep breath and go back and read your posts. Silly silly silly! Then we got the shooting sports guy quoting something about wolves in Russia??? We've got anti wildlife folks in this country too. You just don't believe everything you read. Sounds to me this was handled as it should have been with our local law enforcement (Good job guys!) and it all had a happy ending. Everyone who lost a pet recently, for their own carelessness and allowing them to run, is going to be jumping on this bandwagon. :)

             
          • 888111 posted at 11:04 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            888111 Posts: 541

            thank god they didn't go after the wolf like they did the alligator down by the bridge years ago,would of loved to film that

             
          • Strider posted at 10:53 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            Strider Posts: 432

            That track in my photo is from a wolf near Kalispell back in 2007 a couple hundred yards from where children play. Does this story surprise me? Only a little. They are out there & there is no fence to keep them out of town.

            Now, can anyone direct me to the site that has the dashcam video of the incident?

             
          • campo posted at 10:33 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            campo Posts: 136

            How about someone that was following that bad boy around town with a video camera post it up on youtube and provide a link so we can all see this bad boy.

            And sorry mtvet, wolves aren't the biggest threat to our way of life, dirty butt politicians are. Along with insidious groups like Sportsmen for Wildlife and Big Game Forever, with politicians like Denny
            Rehberg as their mouthpiece. They want you to think they are all about "joe hunter", but they will stab you in the back at every turn. For them, the wolf crisis has been the best thing to happen monetarily, since well, forever.

            Hunttalk.com, MonsterMuleys.com, bowsite.com is good one too, do a search for SFW, BGF. Do a search for Debbie Barrett out of Dillon and see how she has affected your way of life, your hunting life, most of our local reps fall right in line with her. I cringe at what is coming with the next big "meeting of the minds" in Helena. Don't have time to spoon feed all this, but I just gave you a lead to get some info. Happy reading. Give it an honest effort, you will be surprised.

            Don't worry about wolves, worry more about those profitting from the wolves.

             
          • Mirtabatoot posted at 10:12 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            Mirtabatoot Posts: 7

            This is more than a "3 generation" family getting to share an experience in the Flathead. This is a serious issue and the newspaper makes it a heart warming adventure for a local family? This is a wolf issue. Under normal circumstances, you won't ever come into contact with a wolf unless you are hiking through the middle of nowhere. However, there are increasing reports about wolf sightings in the middle of towns as starving wolves approach human settlements looking for meals, they are wiping out their own food supply. He will be back and he will bring his pack. Ever wonder why deer are in the middle of town.............. well the wolves are pushing them in and guess what they are right behind them. My husband and son tracked it from Rebecca Farm until it went into the woods off Painted Shadow Lane off West Valley. He was exhausted and appeared wounded. FWP followed from there. What a heart warming story.............. reality is watch your back, your pets and your kids.

             
          • Snow lover posted at 9:56 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            Snow lover Posts: 29

            I lived in the flathead valley for over 50ys. why do these animals come into town? Thats rite they are looking for food, stop the wolves now. Yeah look at the crimes in town, yeah do we really need to add to the problems. In the bible it says Man has dominion over the earth and all animals.

             
          • StevC posted at 9:53 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            StevC Posts: 1

            Mtvet23, I am from Montana and family has ranched here since 1870. Not everyone shares your views, nor mine, but ranting,, spewing hate only shows ignorance. A little common sense, calmness and positive dialog from both sides of the wolf issue may help find workable solutions that will benefit humans and wildlife as a whole, including predators. Not all native Montanans feel as you and others like you do.

             
          • Flovilla posted at 9:45 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            Flovilla Posts: 296

            Roaming around the middle school football field. What if kids had been playing/

            How many people in that area are missing a cat or dog in the last couple of days?

             
          • mtvet23 posted at 9:07 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            mtvet23 Posts: 16

            ALL WOLVES NEED TO BE SHOT ON SIGHT! There were reasons there was a bounty on them 100 years ago. And the "tree huggers" need to go back to where they came from--we don't need them in the West! They cause more harm to our way of life than anybody else!

             
          • amnotacorporation posted at 9:01 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            amnotacorporation Posts: 154

            Houston, we have a problem.
            http://wolvesinrussia.com/

            Dear MSSA Friends,

            I have just reviewed s soon-to-be-published book titled Wolves in Russia. This book has been researched and written by Will Graves, a career linguist. As a U.S. translator, Will went to Russia with a great curiosity about historic wolf impact there. Over many years, Will gathered and translated many Russian records about wolves and their impact on livestock, game and people.

            Yes, people. There are scores of documented instances where wolves have killed and eaten people. For over two centuries, Russians have kept records of wolf impact, including killing hundreds of people every year, maybe thousands in some bad years.

            Here's one tidbit from the book. The Central Administration of Hunting in Kazakhstan records that in 1986 there were 300 teams of professional wolf hunters totalling 1104 hunters culling wolves in Kazakhstan. Notwithstanding this effort, it is reported that "Their combined effort was insufficient to hold back the increase in wolf numbers." The following year, 1987, there were 150,000 domestic livestock (mostly sheep, horses, and cattle, but including some pigs, camels, asses, etc.) in Kazakhstan lost to wolves. The year after, 1988, 200,000 domestic livestock were killed by wolves.

            I have written Will a dust jacket comment for Wolves of Russia. Here's what I said:

            Wolves in Russia unmasks the Disneyesque view of wolves propagandized in the U.S. Wolves is a stunning, fact-laden account of pandemic and devastating loss of livestock, game animals and human beings from wolf predation. Any open-minded person who reads this book will grasp that wolves are a severe threat to our way of life in Montana, and to the people who live here. It is impossible to deny the centuries of recorded wolf predation impact documented in Wolves in Russia. A Russian proverb from the book: "Wolves are not killed because they are gray, but because they eat sheep."

            I'll let you know when Wolves is published and becomes available.

            Gary Marbut, president
            Montana Shooting Sports Association
            http://www.mtssa.org
            author, Gun Laws of Montana
            http://www.mtpublish.com

             
          • Dolphin posted at 8:36 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            Dolphin Posts: 123

            My family got to be a part of following and tracking this wolf! It was so amazing, and it was HUGE!!!! My mouth is still hanging open. We got some video and a picture of it's paw. It was soooooo cool!!

             
          • skeptic posted at 8:08 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            skeptic Posts: 23

            Now you don't suppose the fanged one's have finished off all the deer out there, and are smart enough to know where the peoples pets poop in the yards do you? Thanks a bunch you Greenie zelots for the importations of these d**ned Canadian wolves! I hope they get one of your pets, & may their feas infest your bodies!

             
          • volunteer firefighter posted at 8:03 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            volunteer firefighter Posts: 131

            IT WAS COMING RIGHT FOR US!!!!! SHOOT IT I TELL YA, OR WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!!

             
          • Pequot posted at 7:57 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            Pequot Posts: 525

            Well, snow lover if it met the right kind of person...........

            Anyway, if it's of the Mommy Dearest specie we've nothing to fear. Obviously it prefers alimentary goods rather than humans.

             
          • Hookano posted at 7:33 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            Hookano Posts: 38

            Lighten up on the wolf thing everybody! Here's a little reminder for those of you who have forgotten some simple facts. The Flathead Valley is located in the Rocky Mountains in the North Western United States. There are wild animals who can eat your feet. PROTECT YOURSELF. People call me crazy, I am almost always armed...when driving, shopping, walking, biking! It is MY responsibility to protect myself and my family. Personally, I feel more threatened by the two legged predators than the four legged variety. Just read the law roundup on a regular basis and you will see what I mean. Our society will not even execute an idiot who kills two women in cold blood (Tyler), but will readily hand down death sentences to animals, just for existing!

             
          • Mommy Dearest posted at 6:23 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            Mommy Dearest Posts: 845

            It obviously was a robo-wolf, hence the radio controlled collar; placed here to scare the citizens by NetGeo for their next series "Lone Wolf at the Midway". An outcast adult wolf comes to the fairgrounds expecting to gobble up rabbits, chickens, sheep and baked goods only to find a gun show and people who hate wolves.
            Not having a smart phone calendar, the wolf runs north towards Costco where he finds pallets of frozen filets on the loading dock and eats his fill. But then danger looms. A tom cat from Northridge appears in the parking lot........

            15 minutes can save you 15% on insurance.

             
          • frustrated59901 posted at 6:06 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            frustrated59901 Posts: 39

            In the video I saw of the thing it was trying to jump through the window of a house by the junior high...the thing looked rabid.

             
          • Snow lover posted at 4:29 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

            Snow lover Posts: 29

            Who??? Its not a who its a wolf, this is not a good thing. Of course the environmentalists will say I am wrong , but I don't care these are a predatory animal which are killing machines. Oh I do not accept their ( the Biologists) explanation that it broke away from the pack. Where is the rest of pack? I am sure this is not over and a moose or bear is bad enough if it encounters a human what would have happened if this ANIMAL had actually met a human face to face?

             
          • amnotacorporation posted at 11:10 pm on Sat, Feb 25, 2012.

            amnotacorporation Posts: 154

            shoot on site

             

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