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Sun Mar 3, 2013, 06:05 PM

Montana, Idaho trappers catching more than just wolves

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people who hunt and trap wolves suck!


Montana, Idaho trappers catching more than just wolves

In the first year that wolf trapping was allowed in Idaho, trappers captured a total of 123 wolves.

But according to a survey by the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Department, those same trappers in 2011-2012 also inadvertently captured 147 other animals, including white-tailed deer, elk, moose, mountain lions, skunks and ravens.

Trappers reported that 69 of those animals died as a result.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife management chief George Pauley said his office is currently gathering similar information about the state’s first wolf trapping season.



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love_katz Mar 2013 #1
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Sun Mar 3, 2013, 06:24 PM

1. I agree with you.

Trapping is a very cruel way to catch and kill something.

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Mon Mar 4, 2013, 08:43 AM

3. even Fishers: “Critically imperiled. At high risk because of extreme rarity"

Included in the list of species captured are rare species such as eagles, fishers, and goshawk. Despite the fact that fishers in Idaho are isolated and genetically distinct from other fisher populations, and there being no open season for fisher, a total of 22 fishers were captured and 15 of those died. According to a 2009 petition to list fishers as an endangered species in the northern Rockies:

“The trapping season for fishers has been closed in Idaho since the 1930′s. The fisher is listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need, and ranked “G5/S1” (IDFG 2005a). This means that it is globally secure, but within the State of Idaho it is: “Critically imperiled. At high risk because of extreme rarity (often 5 or fewer occurrences), rapidly declining numbers, or other factors that make it particularly vulnerable to rangewide extinction or extirpation”

A total of 83 deer, 18 elk, and 4 moose were captured by wolf trappers and, of those captured, 27 deer and 1 elk were killed. Two domestic pets were killed and even a goose died. 26 mountain lions were also trapped, 13 of which were killed. Since most trapping is conducted during winter months there was only 1 bear capture but it resulted in the death of the bear.

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