Without providing a shred of evidence Cal Groen says wolves are decreasing big game numbers-
Here is the brief story, rife with contradictions and no evidence except his own say so. It would be great if some reporters asked him where he got his figures, disentangled the confusion outlined below, and were actually given a study or some sort.
Big game drop attributed to wolf pack increase. The Associated Press
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“He says big game populations are decreasing by as much as 15 percent a year.”
This is new news, and notice he uses the plural — populations — meaning other populations did not decrease by 15%. Some, or even most might have increased. If you give one end of a range in statistics, you need to give the other end. It would be nice if he defined “population,” and perhaps the species.
He said, “Without the wolves, Idaho’s deer and elk herds would be increasing 7 percent a year.”
Both deer and elk, 7%? How was this determined?
“Groen says the wolf packs have become overcrowded and wolves have begun to kill each other.”
This hasn’t shown up in the Idaho wolf reports, but if they have, then the wolf population has reached a natural limit and the problem, if there is one, is probably solved.
“Idaho Fish and Game officials say the state’s wolf population is moving south and getting into trouble.”
Ken Cole’s analysis of new population figures say no, the wolf population growth is in Idaho’s Panhandle. That’s way up north.
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One conservationist said, “. . . since Idaho’s elk population in 2007 was reported to be 20% above objectives, it would appear that wolves have now helped lower that to only 5% above carrying capacity. Old Cal out to be thanking them for helping his department avoid damage to the habitat!”