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  •  Actually checked further; they ended the season (4+ / 0-)
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    nzanne, Nulwee, Onomastic, Kevskos

    early on 1/3/13 with 405 wolves killed; the goal was 400 for the season, and they ordered the season to close one day after they hit 395 registered kills.  

    -7.25, -6.26

    We are men of action; lies do not become us.

    by ER Doc on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 06:37:20 PM PST

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    •  omg. 395 in a day? (4+ / 0-)
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      what did that do to the packs and females about to bear this spring?

      What the Fuck? I mean, we just spent like a gazillion dollars bringing these animals back from the grave, just to have some yahoo gunsmen shoot till they drool?

      Makes me sick.

      "I can't do it by myself. No president can. Remember: Change doesn't happen from the top. It happens because of you." B Obama, 2008

      by nzanne on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 07:55:47 PM PST

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      •  Not in one day. One day after* (2+ / 0-)
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        Governments care only as much as their citizens force them to care. Nothing changes unless we change -- George Monbiot.

        by Nulwee on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 08:19:39 PM PST

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      •  Oops, no, that was 395 over the course of the two (3+ / 0-)
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        seasons. The early season opened November 3, and coincided with the firearms deer hunting season. It closed after two weeks, and 196 kills were registered. The late season started November 24 and ran until the quota was reached. They had a target of 400, and they reached 395 registered kills by January 2. The last ten, which took the total to 405, were registered on the final day of the season. Had they not reached the quota, the season would have ended anyway on January 31.
              As I said above, the estimated population was around 3,000 in Minnesota. I believe they had something like 56% males among the registered kills, so the packs will probably be okay. Of course, it's hard to say whether the kills were evenly spread among packs. I'd guess that there were probably a few packs located in more accessible (to humans) areas that were hit hard, while other packs may have been untouched. That has not been studied as yet.

        -7.25, -6.26

        We are men of action; lies do not become us.

        by ER Doc on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 08:32:47 PM PST

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    •  11% mortality above background is not sustainable (0+ / 0-)

      The whole thing is absurd.  

      Fact of the matter is that a lot of Americans hate all living things.

      Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

      by Mindful Nature on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 12:55:03 PM PST

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