This article and picture comes from “Wolf Warriors” (http://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/governor-bullock-dont-buy-into-the-wolf-hysteria-veto-hb-73/) so special thanks to them!
UPDATE: February 7, 2013
“Well today the rubber met the road in the Montana Senate. HB 73 was rammed through and is on its way to Governor Bullock’s desk for signing.
The Governor heard NO, NO, NO from people all over the country and the world, concerning the wolf hating legislation. But apparently that wasn’t enough to change his mind. It looks like he’s going to sign it and if he does we’ll know there has been little change in Helena. Montanans, who voted for Governor Bullock, believing he wouldn’t jump on the wolf persecution train, will be proved dead wrong. The same-old same-old wolf hysteria, that has nothing what-so-ever to do with science or reality is still permeating the Montana Capital.
“Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday indicated support for the legislation, noting it had been backed by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.”
“The department did support it, and at the end of the day we need to base these decisions on science, not on politics, and allowing more than one, three wolves to be taken, it fits in with the science,” he said.
What science is he talking about? There are 2.5 million cows in Montana and wolves were responsible for just 74 losses last year. Montana elk numbers grew 66% from 1984 to 2009 while wolves were on the landscape 14 of those years. Wolves who dispersed back into Northwestern Montana in the early eighties, have been around for over 30 years.
In case the Governor isn’t aware there are wolf and wildlife advocates in Montana who enjoy viewing wildlife ALIVE. Millions of tourists visit Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks in hopes of catching a glimpse of a wild wolf.
Wolf viewing generates over 35 million dollars a year in the GYA (Great Yellowstone Area). It makes no sense to slaughter hundreds of wolves because a small, vocal, wolf hating minority demands it. But how do you fight a state legislature who’s ready and willing to persecute wolves on behalf of that minority? Do wolves have even one friend in either the Montana House or Senate? Hunters and ranchers don’t own Montana but they sure own the politicians.
I think what the Governor really meant to say is we need to base these decisions on politics, not science!”