At the Butte Standard, reporter Nick Gevock describes running across a group of 7 “slob hunters” while he was out hunting recently with his brother. Seems these guys simply opened fire on a herd of about 40 elk in the Madison Valley of Montana, some possibly not even hunting. Then, he and his brother followed the blood trails to locate and kills — and wait for the “hunters” to arrive to claim them. Some of them never did. Nick describes this encounter with one of the slobs: ” I said there were blood trails and dead elk over here, and no one tagging them, and he replied “That’s their loss,” referring to his friends. Then he commented that “I’m from northwest Montana, and we’ve got so darn many wolves up there, we can’t hunt elk.” You can read the story here.
Question: Which poses a greater danger to elk — wolves or slob hunters like those described above?