Wolf pack west of Fairfield eradicated. By Trey Spaulding. For the Times-News.

“Nadeau [the state’s large carninovore manage] said we are going to see more and more of these scenarios since the prime wolf habitat in Idaho is now all occupied by other packs.”

This prediction has in fact been made several times by past wolf managers in Idaho (as when the federal government was managing them). It didn’t happen. The rate of wolf “control” did not increase more than proportionately than the number of wolves, nor did the number of “depredations.”

August 27. The Times-News has taken down their story and the link above doesn’t work, but Idaho Fish and Game just released their own story. Here it is: wolf report: wolf pack removed

 
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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

10 Responses to Idaho wolf pack of nine killed by government, west of Fairfield.

  1. avatar kt says:

    Whose private land were they on? Were they eating Faulkner sheep?

  2. I don’t know. Someone should find out if they can.

    Unfortunately, the policy is never to tell the name of a rancher that wildlife are killed on behalf of. They’ve got special rights of anonymity the rest of us don’t have.

  3. Pet Peeve; eradicated, eliminated, disposed of, instead of killed, slaughtered, murdered……. Do people really fall for the latter? Or is the government just using these terms so they can sleep better at night. Maybe it helps people to ignore reality. The self-agrandisement and dillusions of some people is absolutely sickening.
    I just really needed to get that off my chest today.

    I hope that the ‘no tell policy’ means the rancher is feeling some guilt. Despite that, most things end up getting found out sooner or later.

  4. avatar JEFF E says:

    d. Bailey Hill
    I would venture that the wording is just reflecting the “politically correct” horse apples, (i.e.), that has become the social norm. After all, does not all meat just start out as neat little cellophane packaged parcels in the store? 8>). but you already know that.
    Just an aside: I’m fascinated that your posts reflect the (I think) dialect of the South. I love it.

  5. avatar elkhunter says:

    I cannot pull up the article. Were they killed because they were killing sheep? And it was on private property?

  6. Elkhunter,

    It looks like the Times News has taken down the story, but the story did say the area where this happened had quite a bit of private property. I don’t recall if it said it happened on private property.

  7. JEFFE
    Thank you and yes, you are correct. However I did not pick up the accent.

  8. Note: I put up a brand new link on this story.

  9. avatar dancingleaf says:

    I am not sure who’s sheep were killed but I am pretty damn sure it was Faulkners. I do know most of the animals were harvested out of cow creek area as I helped a gunner get his 4 wheeler out of a revine that had a dead large adult male wolf strapped to the front of it. Not what I wanted to do but never knowhen you may need a favor returned. This was one weekend before the fire was started at the Harrison Ranch.
    One week later Ranch manager for Camas Creek Ranch (Rod Gonzales) said it was “OK It is just me” had his helpers start a field burn right next to the Hill City burn a week prior. Despite a State wide burn ban local fire chief Wayne Marolf ignored all requests by locals to fine Gonzales or make sure he got a public reprommand. Gonzales is out of control and loves his status as “big dog” on the block because his boss is worth $4 billion and now owns over 80,000 acres on the Camas Prarrie.

  10. avatar Mike says:

    I like Faulkner sheep!

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