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Landowners to Hunt Wolf “By Any Means Available” ?

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Posted: 2/20/2012 2:50 PM

Landowners to Hunt Wolf “By Any Means Available” ? 


http://www.outdoorhub.com/news...s+2%2F20%2F2012

Idaho Senator Introduces Bill Which Would Allow Landowners to Hunt Wolf "By Any Means Available"

Senator Jeff Siddoway (R) recently introduced Senate Bill 1305 to Idaho State Legislature. 1305 would allow any live stock owner and/or his employees to hunt wolves in a variety of ways.

According to The Wildlife News, Siddoway had this to say about his proposed piece of legislation: “You can basically go after them [wolves] by any means available.”

You can read the full text of the law here: http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2012/ S1305.pdf

Under the current wording the law would allow for livestock owners to hunt from motorized vehicles powered parachutes, helicopters, fixed wing airplanes and at any time day or night— without a permit.

These hunts must occur within 36 hours of a suspected livestock or domestic animal being molested or attacked. The law doesn’t not require the landowner to prove that a wolf or wolves attacked his animals.

Any wolves taken under this law would have to be turned over to the state within 72 hours of being killed and would remain the property of the state.



Sounds like the Wolf Population has taken off, something that "doesn't happen"?


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Posted: 2/20/2012 3:43 PM

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i'm all about protecting your live stock, your land and your family

but the way that law is worded, its ripe for abuse

i mean you don't need a permit nor do you need to prove anything.....sounds like legalized free-for-all really as long as you turn them over to the DNR after the fact
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Posted: 2/20/2012 5:13 PM

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that's because of the damage the wolves have put on their livestock herds out there.  it is a problem
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Posted: 2/20/2012 6:14 PM

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Maybe trap and move wolves to where all those horses are.
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Posted: 2/21/2012 1:35 PM

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bigtwelveear wrote: Maybe trap and move wolves to where all those horses are.

Swell Idea!......lol


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Posted: 2/24/2012 1:26 PM

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Well, from being on the front lines of the wolf wars, I can tell you it's complicated.  We've lost more sheep to wolves than anyone in the country (average about 50/yr with a high over 300).  Our sheep are constantly herded with a 24/7 human presence with each band.  They all have guns, we have all the permits we've ever needed and really don't need any additional authority to take out wolves near our sheep.  Problem is, since the first depradations in 1996, we've shot zero wolves, although USDA Wildlife Services have trapped and killed maybe 40 or so that were causing us problems.  Rough country, lots of hills, draws and brush, wolves usually operate at night and difficult to get a shot.  Frankly, I doubt Jeff's bill would change our situation much--we're not likely to hire a plane to shoot them from the air and that's about the most effective way.  As for using "live bait", well, that's really what a band of sheep is, so what's the difference?  Basically, we've learned a lot about herding in wolf territory, added more people and guard dogs and have been able to manage the situation ok.  Way better than our loses to coyotes--that will be in the range of several hundred lambs each year.
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Posted: 2/24/2012 1:52 PM

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well someone here isn't team Jacob very much, psssht

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