Update on February 14, 2013
I am so sorry to be the one to give you this news. Please read the blog from Howling for Justice below:
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Governor Bullock Signs HB 73, How Predictable!
Well there you have it, no change in Helena. Same old, same old. I guess the Governor thought he'd be run out of town on a rail if he vetoed HB 73, so he did the easy thing and signed it. Apparently he consulted with biologists, I'd love to have been a fly on the wall during those conversations.
Did he hear this?
1. Well you know Governor, we've got lots of angry hunters and ranchers out there who don't like wolves. They think wolves are the reincarnation of Beelzebub or their ex-wives. The greenies don't contribute to the coffers of fish and game anyway, so to hell with them. What's a few more dead wolves to keep the peace?
2. The wolves are scapegoats for people who are just plain angry, don't give into that mentality. There is no scientific reason to be killing wolves. Montana 's elk population has stood at 150,000 since 2009, growing 66% since 1984, co-existing along with wolves in Montana for the last thirty years. There are 2.5 million cattle in Montana and wolves were responsible for just 74 losses last year. Feral dogs kill more cows than wolves, hell vultures kill more cows than wolves. Non-predation claims the lives of thousands of cattle, things like birthing, mastitis, disease, weather, theft, etc. The wolves are no threat to hunters or ranchers. Let's not make life any harder for these animals, HB 73 is a bad bill, I wouldn't sign it.
I'm going with door number 1.
As I said, no change in Helena. Rick Hill light??
Here's some blathering from the press about the "wolf management killing bill". You can read it but I suggest scrubbing your shower curtain with a toothbrush would be more enjoyable.
MT Governor signs wolf management bill
Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:32 AM by MTN News – Marnee BanksUpdated: Feb 13, 2013 2:17 PM