Montana ranchers won’t saddle up for farm bill fight

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Psychic to the Stars Rose Stuart Makes Front Page News – Gives New Predictions

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This Bear Picked a Fight With the Wrong Elk

The video footage was taken near Flagstaff, Arizona and shows a bear cub big enough to kill the elk charging at it.

With mama bear nowhere in sight, a blond-phase bear cub faces off with a young elk in the woods by a photographer who gets a little too close for comfort.

From the footage, it looks like the baby bear was able to injure the baby elk. Unfortunately the footage doesn’t show what happened afterwards, but it’s possible that the bear was able to finish the job.

Young Elk Shot After Human Contact

Last year, a five minute video of a photographer getting cozy with an elk made the rounds. Sitting on the side of the road with his equipment, the elk gets closer and closer until he starts pushing the man with his antlers and head until the man had to run for his car to honk.

The poor creature was killed shortly afterwards by the rangers who felt the elk was more likely to approach other humans and cause future harm. It was killed because of a photograph and a video that went viral. The elk was euthanized because people wouldn’t stop feeding it, he kept approaching visitors.

Indeed, it was a great risk as especially the elk could’ve accidentally injured the photographers eyes and or face due to his carelessness. Any photographer or person with common sense wouldn’t be sitting on the road and would be using lenses to observe the animals in their natural habitat.

For another stressful encounter, bowhunters found themselves ten yards away from two adult male elk fighting. The hunter holds his bow as the animals slowly move away, but he managed to shoot one of them while they were still locked together without drawing attention to himself.

There must be something in the water near these elk grounds, because people just keep finding themselves far too close for comfort such as the video of the elk in Yellowstone.

Then, there’s the electrified deer that keeps getting the best of a hungry bear who never quiet learns his lesson. The North American brown bear, or grizzly, in the footage is filmed remotely and he keeps resting the waters until the electricity is disconnected.

A Montana grizzly bear attempts to retrieve an electrically charged, road-killed deer. The deer is electrified as an experiment to protect hunters’ game kills and, in turn, to minimize bear-human encounters.

Arizona Is Going Crazy

Recently, we announced that Arizona would be requiring people in the state looking to board domestic flights to purchase a $25 identification card expressly to fulfill a federal regulation that’s been on the books since 2005.

The airport in Flagstaff, which takes about 60,000 passengers every year is among the new airports that will require the ID.

“As well, these new identification cards will be required to access certain federal and military bases. But, minors traveling with an adult who fulfills the requirement of the new ID will be able to forgo needing to purchase one. It is unclear whether an Arizona resident may skip the trouble by driving to an airport in California or New Mexico.

The purchase cost of the IDs will be $25, half a day of wasted time in the MVD and they will last for eight years.”

More Animal Encounters

Recently, a strange looking creature was shot in Montana. The rancher called in the kill, thinking he had shot a particularly aggressive wolf, but local animal authorities sent the carcass off for more testing because he was missing some telltale signs of being a pure wolf.

The animal is suggested to be a rare wolf/dog hybrid, which is a type of animal almost exclusively bred in captivity owing to the territorial nature of wolves.

Hybrid pups can have varied appearances due to the mixed genetic bag, and their behavior is difficult to predict. Because of the difficulty in caring for a hybrid, thousands of pet wolves and pet hybrids are abandoned or euthanized every year.

So, if the DNA turns out that the strange beast shot in Denton, Montana is a hybrid, it was likely dropped off in the woods by an owner who bite off more than he could chew.

Source: Wide Open Spaces

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Alaska lawmakers call for alliance with other states on Canadian mining issues

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Montana Wolf Numbers Remained Strong In 2017, Cautions

2017 Montana Gray Wolf Program
2017 Montana Gray Wolf Program

Montana – -(Ammoland.com)- According to the 2017 Montana Gray Wolf Program Annual Report, population estimates suggest there are approximately 900 wolves in Montana. This marks the 13th consecutive year that Montana has far exceeded wolf recovery goals.

Montana’s wolf population has remained relatively stable with an annual wolf harvest that averages about 225 animals per year. During the 2017-2018 wolf season, 255 wolves were harvested: 65 percent hunting, 35 percent trapping. Approximately, $380,000 was generated for wolf conservation and management by wolf license sales.

Livestock depredation by wolves during 2017 was approximately 25 percent of what it was in 2009, when it was at a peak. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services confirmed 80 livestock losses to wolves in 2017, which included 49 cattle, 12 sheep, and 19 goats during 2017. One dog was also killed by wolves. This total was up compared to 53 livestock losses during 2016. During 2017 the Montana Livestock Loss Board paid $64,133 for livestock Wildlife Services confirmed as probable or certain wolf kills.

Wolf Management In Eastern Montana

With the recent release of this 2017 wolf report, it’s a good reminder that FWP manages wolves across Montana under a statewide management plan, including eastern Montana. FWP is committed to using its authority to responsibly manage Montana’s wolf population while addressing conflicts with livestock and other wildlife populations. Although wolf populations and management activities are largely focused on western Montana, all the same wolf management tools are in place across eastern Montana.

Wolves may be hunted throughout the state, with a season from Sept. 2-Sept. 14 (archery) and Sept. 15-March 15 (rifle). Hunting wolves requires a wolf license, which can be purchased over the counter for $19 (resident) or $50 (nonresident). Proof of hunter education must be presented at the time of purchase.

Wolves may also be trapped ($20 resident, $1 resident landowner, $250 nonresident) from Dec. 15-Feb. 28. Completion of either the Idaho or Montana wolf trapping certification class is mandatory.

Persons could take a combination of up to five wolves via hunting and/or trapping. FWP publishes wolf hunting and trapping regulations annually, and these are available at all license vendors and FWP offices. Note: National Wildlife Refuges may have different regulations on wolf management, and like any other species, permission is needed to hunt for wolves on private land.

Another aspect of wolf management includes increased emphasis on proactive prevention of livestock depredation. Montana law and administrative rules (MCA 87-3-130; ARM 12.9.1301-1305) allow a person to kill a wolf that is seen in the act of attacking, killing, or threatening to kill livestock or domestic dogs.

  • No permit is required and FWP must be notified within 72 hours of take or attempt to take.
  • Preserve the scene and leave the carcass where it was killed; carcass is surrendered to FWP.
  • Physical evidence of the wolf attack or that an attack was imminent is required (injured or dead livestock, broken fences, trampled vegetation and wolf sign) that would lead a reasonable person to conclude the attack was imminent.
  • Wolves cannot be intentionally baited, fed, or deliberately attracted
  • Wolves may be opportunistically hazed or harassed

This same law also allows private citizens to kill a wolf that is seen in the act of attacking, killing or threatening a domestic dog or another human. Again, FWP must be notified within 72 hours of take or attempt to take.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and ParksWolf sightings do periodically happen in eastern Montana, but currently no wolf packs are known to exist in the eastern side of the state. Recently, a FWP game warden reported seeing a lone wolf in south Phillips Co., and neighboring landowners were notified. FWP would encourage anyone who believes they see a wolf in Region 6 to contact your local biologist, game warden, or call the Glasgow Region 6 FWP Headquarters at 406-228-3700.

To learn more about Montana’s wolf population, visit FWP online at fwp.mt.gov, or go directly to this link: http://fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/management/wolf/.


2017 Montana Gray Wolf Program Annual Report

 

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Werewolf Like Creature Killed In Montana

Officials with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has ordered a DNA test because they have “no idea what this is.”

The animal was attacking livestock when it was shot on May 16th in Denton, Montana. So, the rancher called up the local animal authority to report killing the “wolf,” the service decided that the animal’s teeth, paws, ears and fur didn’t fit the profile of a wolf. Bruce Auchly of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks told local media:

“We have no idea what this was until we get a DNA report back.”

Information manager Auchly contined:

“It was near a rancher’s place, it was shot, and our game wardens went to investigate. The whole animal was sent to our lab in Bozeman. That’s the last I ever heard of it.”

Bozeman is in southern Montana, west of Billings and south of Great Falls.

Denton, Montana

The Animal

Here are some close-up photos of the animal.

Paw of the animal shot on May 16th.

In comparison, a wolf’s paw should be between 4″ and 5″ in length not including claws.

Here’s a close-up of the animal’s profile:

So What Is It?

The Wolf Management Specialist with the Montana authority is guessing that it might be a rare dog/wolf hybrid.

“Several things grabbed my attention when I saw the pictures. The ears are too big. The legs look a little short. The feet look a little small, and the coat looks weird. There’s just something off about [the animal].”

In the last few years, hybrids have been killing livestock.

“We’ve had a few instances of wolf/dog hybrids out there. One was out somewhere in eastern central Montana killing sheep like crazy. Finally, we caught it and it turned out to be a hybrid.”

Hybrid Wolf/Dogs Largely Bred In Captivity

According to the International Wolf Center, which provides scientific information and learning opportunities while supporting “well-informed dialogue about management of wolfhuman contact,” most wolf/dog hybrids are bred in captivity because a wolf’s territorial nature prevents them from tolerating dogs, coyotes and other wolves from entering their range.

Hybrid pups can have varied appearances due to the mixed genetic bag, and their behavior is difficult to predict.

Because of the difficulty in caring for a hybrid, thousands of pet wolves and pet hybrids are abandoned or euthanized every year.

So, if the DNA turns out that the strange beast shot in Denton, Montana is a hybrid, it was likely dropped off in the woods by an owner who bite off more than he could chew.

According to Smucker, the hybrids are supposed to be on a list:

“If you have a wolfdog hybrid it’s supposed to have a tattoo on a lip, and it’s supposed to be registered with the state. A lot of those people don’t bother following regulations.”

Hybrid wolf/dog

Let’s take a look at a few of the other possibilities and bring up some comparisons while we’re talking about strange animals.

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Shunka Warakin

A doglike creature in Native American folklore, the Shunka Warakin has a sloped back like a hyena and takes its name from the act of carrying off dogs from camps at night.

The first reported appearance of the Shunka Warakin to white settlers was an animal shot in 1886 by a Mormon settler in Montana, who had the beast he called Ringdocus stuffed by a taxidermist. The animal was on display until the 1980s, and no DNA testing was conducted. The specimen was eventually re-located by the grandson of the man who shot the animal and it has been on display since 2007 in a museum in Madison Valley.

Montana Black Wolf

The animal that was shot in Montana has a similar color coat and overall shape.

Spotted Hyena

As for the sloping back of the Ringdocus, let’s compare with a South African spotted hyena with their trademark low back. The backs of hyenas aren’t sloped due to any deformity in the back, but rather due to the evolution of longer front legs.

Legal to Shoot Wolves, but Hybrids?

According to a state law passed in 2013, it is legal for a landowner to kill a wolf when the animal is on the landowner’s property and it poses a “potential threat to human safety, livestock or dogs.”

If the animal turns out to be part of a pattern of aggressive, unpredictable hybrids killing livestock, then more laws might be necessary.

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Sources: Great Falls Tribune, The Animal Files, International Wolf Center

 

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