The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is funding a $1000 'bounty' per trapped and killed wolf in Idaho | The Smokey Wire : National Forest News and Views (2023)

And no, even though it seems like this would be news from 1919, it’s happening today, in 2019. In fact, the following propaganda poster was just posted by the “Foundation for Wildlife Management” on their Facebook page yesterday:

I could find no information indicating that this up-$1,000 ‘bounty’ – I mean “reimbursement” – per trapped and killed wolf wasn’t available if the wolf was trapped and killed on federal public lands throughout Idaho, including deep within federally designated Wilderness areas. If that’s indeed the case, how in the world can the U.S. Forest Service and other federal land management agencies allow a $1000 bounty per dead wolf on America’s federal public lands, especially within Wilderness areas?

Even if federal public lands are excluded from this $1000 wolf-bounty trapping “contest,” how in the world can a group like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game fund the bounty? It must be legal for IDFG to do this. How the Elk Foundation thinks funding a $1000 bounty on wolves in the year 2019 is ethical, scientific or follows the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, which the RMEF claims to follow, is a mystery.

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I did notice on the Foundation for Wildlife Management website that they claim that in 2018 they got a $25,000 grant from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. They also claimed that this was the third year in a row they got $25,000 from the RMEF, meaning a total of $75,000 given by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in three years.

According to the Idaho rangeland commission, wolves have killed 700 cattle and 550 sheep in Idaho since 2009. That works out to roughly 77 cattle and 61 sheep killed per year by wolves, through-out the entire state of Idaho. There are roughly 2.6 MILLION cattle and sheep in the state of Idaho. That means that over the past decade wolves have killed approximately 0.005% of all cattle and sheep in the state. How many cattle and sheep were killed in Idaho over the past decade by natural causes, including weather? How many were killed by domesticated dogs? Or by disease and malnutrition? How many of the 2.6 million cattle and sheep in Idaho were killed in slaughter-houses over the past decade?

For comparison, the last intensive wolf count in Idaho was done in 2015 when officials said the state had an estimated 786 wolves in the entire state. That’s also the last year Fish and Game was required to do that type of count after wolves were removed from the Endangered Species List.

Erik Molvar, a Laramie, Wyoming-based wildlife biologist and Executive Director of Western Watersheds Project, had this piece published in the Idaho Statesmen last October,which sheds some more light on Idaho’s supposed “wolf problem.”

The Cattle Association neglects to mention that Wildlife Services, the federal agency tasked with killing native wildlife for the agriculture industry’s benefit, has been actively promoting a program of exaggerating wolf kills by classifying dead livestock lacking any bite marks as wolf kills. This is an agency struggling to justify its own existence, inflating wolf-kill numbers to create an artificial crisis. Color us skeptical, and we would be happy to take the association up on its offer of joining them out in the field.

Between July 2017 and May 2018, this federal agency spent over half a million taxpayer dollars and killed at least 53 wolves in Idaho to avenge livestock depredations, despite mounting scientific evidence showing that predator killing doesn’t reduce livestock losses.

Moreover, most of Idaho’s beef cattle get shipped off to feedlots at year’s end, and from there, to the slaughterhouse. Since beef cattle are bred and raised to be killed, it is hard to ask the public to accept that in rare instances when a cow ends up on a wolf’s menu rather than a human one, that this is somehow unfair and represents a moral outrage. Much less a reason to try to kill the “offending” wolf, or any other wolf they can find, in retribution.

We humans should try harder to fit in with the natural order of things. If livestock are to be pastured in the untamed West, a few losses to the native predators is just part of the cost of doing business. Cattle and sheep would be much happier and more productive grazing on pastures with deep soils and abundant rainfall east of the Mississippi, instead of damaging the arid lands — and fragile fish and wildlife habitats — of the West. And in these more ecologically suitable areas for non-native livestock, cattle and sheep producers can find pastures far from the nearest wolf, if wolves are really an overwhelming concern.

Nonlethal methods to discourage wolf predation on livestock are also a workable alternative. In the Tom Miner Basin of Montana, just outside Yellowstone National Park, cattle producers have avoided high levels of predation by native wildlife despite burgeoning populations of both wolves and grizzly bears.

The West is a wild and untamed place, and Westerners like it that way. We are hardy, self-reliant folk who aren’t afraid of “the big bad wolf” of fairy tales. In fact, wolves, grizzly bears and other native predators are an important part of that untamed legacy. We neither need nor want a taxpayer-subsidized agency to kill off our native wildlife.

I couldn’t agree with Molvar’s sentiments more. Should America’s public lands and Wilderness areas be places for native wildlife, or should they be places where private ranchers let their cows and sheep graze for literally pennies on the dollar? According to the BLM, “the Federal grazing fee for 2018 will be $1.41 per animal unit month (AUM) [a cow and her calf, or five sheep] for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.41 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.” [Update: The federal public land grazing fee for both 2019 and 2020 was reduced to $1.35 per AUM, the lowest fee allowed.]

Besides, if as the Foundation for Wildlife Management claims, “Wolf numbers are so high the #1 killer of Idaho wolves is now other wolves”….You’d sure think you won’t need to offer trappers up to a $1,000 reimbursement to trap and kill wolves across the state, including on lands that are owned equally by everyone in America.

And just how many mighty hunters walk and drive around Idaho with high-powered rifles (including a lot of AR-15s, and other assault-style weapons) every year during hunting season? I bet the success-rate for elk hunting in Idaho is much, much greater than the success-rate for wolf-hunting. How can that be if the state is crawling with wolves, which have supposedly eaten all the elk? There has got to be tens of thousands of elk and deer hunters in Idaho who are also carrying a wolf tag. Why can’t they find the wolves? Maybe it’s because there are only about 800 wolves in the entire state of Idaho and the wolves kill a tiny, tiny fraction of the cows and sheep in the state, often times when the private livestock is grazing on federal public lands and Wilderness areas, at less than $1.50 per month per animal unit.

Then again, Idaho is (in)famous for being a state where a lot of people talk about the SSS when it comes to wolves: “Shoot. Shovel. Shut up.” So maybe there are actually a lot less wolves in Idaho, then the official count in 2015, which put their numbers at approximately 786.

That poster at the top of this post was put up on the Foundation for Wildlife Management’s Facebook page last night. One of the first comments on that FB post is the following image. It hasn’t been removed, but it’s gotten a bunch of likes.

You can respectfully let the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation know how you feel about this issue by calling 800-225-5355. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game can be reached at 208-334-3700.

P.S. According to the Dictionary, the definition of “bounty” is: a sum paid for killing or capturing a person or animal.


What is the bounty on wolves in Idaho? ›

Hunters will get $1,000 per wolf in the northern tip of the state, and $500 elsewhere. The group notes reimbursements will be cut significantly if the money starts running out before June 2022. Most of the high-dollar reimbursements are in central and west-central Idaho, and include designated wilderness areas.

What does the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation do? ›

RMEF and its partners provide financial support to carry out prescribed burning, forest thinning, noxious weed treatments, the establishment of wildlife water developments and other projects to enhance elk habitat. Additionally, RMEF provides grants for wildlife management and research.

Why is there a bounty on wolves? ›

United States federal government took the issue under its control and enacted the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to help protect and restore the wolf population. The Endangered Species Act of 1973 restricted the killing of wolves and labeled them as endangered animals in 48 contiguous states and Minnesota.

What state has a bounty on wolves? ›

Idaho lawmakers last year made significant changes involving killing wolves, including allowing Fish and Game to enter into contracts with private entities to kill wolves. Fish and Game late last year announced it had reached an agreement with a nonprofit hunting group to reimburse the expenses for a proven wolf kill.

Do ranchers get reimbursed for wolf kills? ›

About 9% of the money has gone to reimbursing owners for confirmed wolf kills.

Can you shoot a wolf in Idaho? ›

Hunting over carcasses or animal parts that have not been placed as bait for hunting is legal. Hunting Hours: A hunter may take wolves outside of hunting hours, only if: On private land, the hunter is the landowner or has written permission from the landowner to hunt outside of hunting hours.

Is Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation legit? ›

Accountability & Finance. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has earned a 86% for the Accountability & Finance beacon. See the metrics below for more information.

Where is the diamond in Rocky Mountain elk? ›

The Rocky Mountain Elk is located in the Silver Ridge Peaks reserve in the Rocky Mountains. It is a class 8 animal.

How did they get the tire off the Elks neck? ›

Through it all, the elk eluded them and the tire remained. That is, until Saturday, when Colorado wildlife officers finally shot it with a tranquilizer gun, sawed off its antlers and removed the tire that had been around its neck for roughly half its life, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said in a statement.

Can a bounty hunter chase you? ›

Legal Rights. If someone out on bail doesn't follow court-ordered guidelines or jumps bail, a bounty hunter can chase them down for a reward.

What is the best caliber for wolf hunting? ›

223 or 22/250, it is absolutely critical that you select high quality hunting rounds to ensure clean, ethical kills when hunting wolves. Any bullet advertised as a “varmint” bullet it is not recommended for hunting wolves.

Can a wolf bond with a human? ›

A new study of young wolves suggests they are indeed capable of making doglike attachments to people. Under some circumstances, they might even view humans as a source of comfort and protection.

What states can you not bounty hunt in? ›

State laws vary widely as to the legality of the practice; Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, and Wisconsin have outlawed commercial bail bonds, while Wyoming offers few (if any) regulations governing the practice.

What state is best for bounty hunting? ›

Fugitive Recovery Salaries by State
RankStateUS AverageBest States for PIs (Avg=1)1
3West Virginia1.59
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What states pay a bounty on coyotes? ›

Idaho is not the only state to allow bounties. Utah pays coyote hunters and there's a coyote bounty contest in Wyoming every year. Wildlife bounties are illegal in Montana, but its legislature is currently debating a bill that would specifically legalize reimbursements for wolf trappers.

How many pounds of meat do you get from a wolf? ›

However, wolves don't actually eat everyday. Instead, they live a feast or famine lifestyle; they may go several days without a meal and then gorge on over 20 pounds of meat when a kill is made.

How much does a wolf hunt cost? ›

Some outfitters add wolf hunting to a combination hunt offer for the price of a tag. If you insist on having a dedicated wolf hunt with a high probability of success, you will have to be ready to pay $3,000-$5,000 to an outfitter who has sufficient ability and experience.

Can you shoot a wolf if it attacks your livestock? ›

Public land grazing permittees may only shoot a wolf that is attacking their livestock or their livestock herding/guarding animals on their active allotment.

Can you shoot a grizzly bear in Idaho? ›

Grizzly bears are protected under State and Federal law, and Fish and Game reminds hunters that grizzly bears may be encountered in north Idaho and the Greater Yellowstone areas. Here are some good reminders for hunting in grizzly country: Carry bear spray and keep it accessible.

Can I shoot a coyote on my property in Idaho? ›

Yes, you are required to have valid Idaho hunting license to hunt coyotes. You can use a 3-day small game hunting license or a a nongame hunting license, each cost $35.50.

Is Idaho killing 90% of their wolves? ›

Last week, Idaho governor Brad Little signed a bill into law that allows hunters to kill about 90 percent of the state's wolves. The new law, SB1211, was supported by ranchers who say that wolves threaten their livestock and hunters who say that the wolves have reduced elk populations.

What does the CEO of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation make? ›

Top Salaries
1Rodney Triepke$233,177
2M. David Allen$206,611
3R. Kyle Weaver$197,956

Who owns Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation? ›

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) is a conservation and pro-hunting organization, founded in the United States in 1984 by four hunters from Troy, Montana (Bob Munson, Bill Munson, Dan Bull and Charlie Decker).

How many members does the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation have? ›

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

Founded more than 37 years ago and fueled by hunters, RMEF maintains more than 225,000 members and has conserved nearly 8.4 million acres for elk and other wildlife.

Can diamonds be found on mountains? ›

Writing in the journal Nature Communications, an Australian-led team reported finding the kimberlite around Mount Meredith, in the Prince Charles Mountains in eastern Antarctica. Kimberlite is a rare rock that occurs where diamonds are often found.

Are there diamonds in the Rocky Mountains? ›

The Southern Rocky Mountains

Iron and diamond-bearing kimberlites are found in the Laramie Range and the State Line District, spanning the Wyoming-Colorado border. More than 130,000 diamonds have been recovered since they were first discovered here in 1975.

Is there gold in the Rocky Mountains? ›

Abundant quantities of gold, silver, molybdenum, lead, zinc, and other minerals have been found in the Colorado Mineral Belt. Most of Colorado's major mining districts have been located along this belt, with a major exception being Cripple Creek (Figure 5.18).

Do Elks horns grow back if cut off? ›

Point 2: Antlers are fast growing

Antler growth is incredibly fast. In fact, antlers are the fastest bone growth in the world. Just a few weeks after a white-tailed deer or elk sheds its antlers, a new set begins to grow.

Do Elks antlers grow back if cut? ›

If the antler has hardened to bone, the answer is yes. If the injury happens while the antlers are still covered in velvet, that tine will likely grow strangely and may well fork or sprout sticker points every year for the rest of the bull's life. The annual rut is like UFC for elk, but with way more on the line.

Why didnt they cut the tire off the elk? ›

Wildlife officers managed to sedate the bull elk, and took cordless cutting tools into the forest to attempt to remove the tire. Unfortunately, the tire's steel-belted construction proved too difficult to cut through. The animal's antlers were removed instead, allowing the tire to be slid over the head.

Can bondsman kick in doors? ›

A bail bondsman cannot kick in your door. However, a bounty hunter, can.

Can you shoot bounty hunters? ›

You cannot shoot a bounty hunter, even if they are trespassing on your property. It's not legal anywhere in the US to shoot someone for simply trespassing.

How long will a bounty hunter look for you? ›

How Long Do Bounty Hunters Look For You? Bounty hunters will search for you anywhere from 1-6 months, sometimes longer.

What is the best predator caliber? ›

One of the most popular and all-around calibers for predator hunting is the . 223 Remington. It is arguably the most used caliber for predators such bobcats, foxes, and primarily coyotes.

What is the best bullet to shoot out of a CVA wolf? ›

All weights of PowerBelt™ bullets can be used in your CVA rifle. PowerBelt™ bullets are highly recommended for use in your CVA rifle. SABOTED BULLETS - The sabot is a plastic sleeve that is utilized to hold a smaller- than-bore diameter bullet tightly in the bore.

What breed of dog is closest to a wolf? ›

The Siberian Husky, originally and still used for sledding, is very similar to wolves. Overtime not only has the resemblance to wolves stayed similar, but the genetic composition has as well.

Do wolves feel love? ›

Whether the wolf's idea of love is the same as a human's is still hotly debated among scientists, but this research is based on years of observing two packs of nine wolves. The researchers said they are confident that when they say two wolves have a thing for each other, it's at least a serious case of puppy love.

Will a wolf turn on its owner? ›

Wild wolves are – by nature – fearful of humans, and as a result rarely come into conflict with them. In fact, there are few documented reports of wild wolves attacking humans, but cases regarding captive wolves and wolfdogs are incredibly common.

What is the easiest state to become a bounty hunter? ›

In Idaho, “any person of suitable age and discretion” can hunt for bounties, as long as they're a resident—no license required. But cut hair with a pair of scissors? That takes 900 hours of training. As in many other states, bounty hunters play an integral, if little-known part in the criminal justice system in Idaho.

Do you have to let a bounty hunter in your home? ›

Bounty hunters may only enter the property without the property owner's express permission if a law enforcement officer is present AND there is a search warrant for the private property along with an arrest warrant.

Why do bounty hunters come after you? ›

In the United States, bounty hunters are sometimes employed to chase down those who miss their hearings or trials in criminal cases. Most bounty hunters are employed by bail bondsmen; the people who usually post the bail that got the fugitive out of jail after an arrest.

Can you bounty hunt in real life? ›

Some states, including California, have specific statutes in place that regulate the practice of bounty hunting, but do not require licensure for these professionals. Just 4 states – Oregon, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Illinois – ban the practice of bounty hunting altogether.

Do bounty hunters get drug tested? ›

Generally, licensing involves passing a written test, passing a drug test and background check, being at least a certain age, being a U.S. citizen, and having completed some type of approved training.

Can you make a living bounty hunting? ›

Assuming a bounty hunter takes on 100 to 150 cases per year, he or she stands to earn an average salary in the range of $50,000 to $80,000. This brings us to the second major factor in a bounty hunter's earning power, namely the potential payout of each case.

What state has the most coyotes? ›

Coyotes (Canis latrans) are found through most of California. The California Department of Fish and Game estimates a population range of 250,000 to 750,000 individuals. Coyotes are very adaptable and inhabit most areas of the state with the exception of the centers of major metropolitan areas.

What states do not have coyotes? ›

Except for Hawaii, coyotes live in all of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. More coyotes exist today than when the U.S. Constitution was signed. Almost no animal in America is more adaptable to changing conditions than the coyote. Coyotes can live just about anywhere.

Can you get money from shooting a coyote? ›

The DWR predator-control program provides incentives for hunters to remove coyotes. Participants receive up to $50 for each properly documented coyote that they kill in Utah.

Can you bounty hunt in Idaho? ›

Idaho is one of a small number of states that do not require licensing or specific training for bounty hunters. In the state, bounty hunters must be of suitable age (18 years or older) and be empowered by a licensed surety insurance company to arrest the fugitive(s) in question.

What is the Idaho wolf law? ›

Senate Bill 1211 allows anyone with a wolf hunting tag to kill an unlimited number of wolves and gets rid of restrictions on how the wolves can be killed.

How much is a wolf hunt in Idaho? ›

Starting Monday, Idaho residents can get wolf-hunting permits for just $11.75 (after purchasing a state hunting license for $12.75, of course). Nonresidents have to pay a bit more: $154.75 for a hunting license, plus $186 for a wolf tag.

How much does it cost to hunt wolves in Idaho? ›

License and tags are required to hunt wolves in Idaho. Nonresident license costs $154.75. Nonresident tag fees have been reduced to $31.75 each to encourage wolf harvest. 15 hunting tags are available per person as well as 15 trapping tags for anyone who has completed the required trapping courses.

What state has the most wolves? ›

What Is Their Population in the United States? Their total population is about 14,780 to 17,780. Of these, the largest population is in Alaska. Because wolves have large, spread-out territories, their populations are not typically counted by state.

What animals Can you not own in Idaho? ›

Idaho. The Idaho State Department of Agriculture forbids any deleterious animal or hybrid from being kept as a pet that can be a threat to livestock, the environment, agriculture, or wildlife without a permit. Forbidden animals include large cats, non-native canines, primates, hedgehogs, opossum, and wild boar.

How much is a wolf fur worth? ›

The average price for a wolf pelt was about $210, but skinning a wolf is a lot more work than skinning a cat-sized marten – especially if it's frozen solid on a remote trapline. A lynx pelt fetched about $150, a river otter about $80, beaver about $30, and mink about $15.

What percentage of wolf hunts are successful? ›

Impacts of Wolves on Big Game and Hunting

Wolves chase down their prey and often target old and weak animals that might have otherwise died from starvation or disease. Also, the hunting success rates for wolves are low. Typically, over 80% of hunting attempts end unsuccessfully.

How much does it cost to hunt a wolf? ›

Some outfitters add wolf hunting to a combination hunt offer for the price of a tag. If you insist on having a dedicated wolf hunt with a high probability of success, you will have to be ready to pay $3,000-$5,000 to an outfitter who has sufficient ability and experience.

What part of Idaho has the most wolves? ›

Most wolves occupy the central part of the state. The state is considering a plan to reduce its population of approximately 1,500 wolves by 90 percent, down to approximately 150 wolves. More information about that can be found in this article.

How much does a black bear hunt cost? ›

Black bear is the most affordable species to hunt, with hunts beginning at $1,500. On the other end of the spectrum are the North American brown (grizzly) bears that can cost $15,000 or more.

How many wolves are left in Idaho? ›

“I think the best way to describe Idaho's wolf population is that it's fairly stable and it's fluctuating around 1,250,” he said.

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