Very interesting, short video on the impact, the reputed good impact, of reintroducing wolves into Yellowstone. Watch the video re the symbiotic relationship within nature once wolves were placed back after a long absence.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game cited unspecified safety reasons for keeping secret a helicopter wolf hunt in the Lolo zone last month. Because of safety concerns, the department thought it was best to carry out the action and then notify the public about it,” department spokesman Mike Keckler said. The department, with the help of federal wildlife agents, shot and killed 23 wolves from helicopters.” The Spokesman-Review
This is another one of those multi-angled issues: ranchers, hunters, animal advocates, anti-gun, anti-hunting etc. The State manipulating, controlling, “protecting” resources at every turn and often screwing it up. The secrecy of all this activity is as distressing as the heli-kill. I wonder who from the Idaho Fish & Game invited a buddy a long for some fun times? Just wondering……….
Wildlife management, whether wolves, fish or elk seems to be primitivism cloaked in science by guys that garnered C’s while in college. Ranchers initiating selective kills of wolves killing livestock/livelihood/food is one thing. Mismanaged numbers re elk and secrecy is quite another!
I was watching a PBS show on Nature entitled Radioactive Wolves (watch this is you want to see the 50 minute long episode about the wolves). Its focus was on wolves and their reemergence in the Chernobyl area 25 years after the nuclear disaster. During the show they showed a town, Pripyat, that is being reclaimed by nature. The images were intriguing as they always are in ghost towns.
Pripyat ‘Amusement’ Park (Photo by Timm Seuss/Flickr)
I found a similar video by Matt Smith about Pripyat he filmed in 2011. Watch it and see if you don’t agree how fascinating the creeping reclamation of nature always is. Won’t be long until Detroit looks like this.
“Idaho elk numbers have fallen from 125,000 to 103,000 since about 1997 to the dismay of hunters, professional big game outfitters and small businesses that depend on seasonal revenues from hunters.
Habitat changes and heavy feeding by bears and cougars spurred the elk decline before wolves came on the scene, but state and federal wildlife research now links the continued drop in some areas to the increased activity of wolves, said Craig White, an Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologist in Boise.
“Federal wildlife officials in charge of protecting the northern spotted owl will release today a long-awaited environmental impact statement that lays out alternatives for killing barred owls, a larger, more aggressive and more adaptive species that has displaced spotted owls through much of their range in Oregon, Washington and northern California.” (more) (Barred Owls)