Posts tagged: Karen Calisterio
Should hunting be allowed for wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains?
Here’s a summary of the answers given to me in interviews from leading wolf experts:
• “You have to remove the bad apples.”
Doug Smith , Yellowstone National Park wolf project leader
• “Wolves are fully recovered in the Northern Rocky Mountain states. It’s important to let the states manage them, and hunting is one of the tools.”
Ed Bangs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wolf recovery coordinator for the Northern Rockies
• “I think the wilder we keep the animals, the better it is. One way that’s done is through hunting them.”
David Mech, U.S. Geological Survey wildlife biologist who has worked with wolves for 51 years; founder of the Minnesota-based International Wolf Center
• “Hunting wolves is already allowed in Canada. It’s a negative reinforcement that keeps wolves wild and more respectful of keeping a distance from people.”
Lu Carbyn, a leading Canadian government wolf authority, retired
• “I have been protecting wolves all my life, but we need a realistic system in order to coexist. I’ve written about the need to shoot a few wolves …”
Luigi Boitani, Europe’s leading wolf scientist, based at the University of Rome
WILDLIFE — Karen Calisterio, 52, the North Idaho woman involved in a wolf encounter near her Tensed home and featured in my column today has posted on the Facebook page of Idaho For Wildlife, a group that’s been critical of wolf management in Idaho.
This should have been included in the printed version of the column.
However, Calisterio says she’s not a member of the group, which also is involved in hunter education and wildlife conservation projects.
Some readers are rightfully skeptical. Some are charging that the incident was fabricated to fuel anti-wolf hysteria. That’s only a hunch on their part.
Still others are saying this,and Pam Secord’s similar barnyard wolf encounter, indicate that wolves are becoming more comfortable roaming into inhabited areas. There’s some substance to that, based on other sightings.
Wolf experts I have interviewed from Alaska to Yellowstone Park to Italy all have agreed that limited wolf hunting should be in the recipe for the species survival. Wolves are visual learners. To advance toward a human and size up the situation is normal wolf behavior, according to the experts. But once wolves have learned that a human might be dangerous, they are more likely to flee and avoid human contact.
WILDLIFE — A North Idaho woman said she was confronted by at least four wolves as she walked alone up her rural driveway between Tensed and Plummer at dusk on Saturday.
Karen Calisterio, 52, was trudging up the snow-plugged lane when she saw two dogs about 200 yards ahead near her house. At first she thought they were her two cow dogs coming to greet her.
“Then I saw two more of them, and all four were walking toward me,” she said.
“That’s when I said, ‘Oh shit, I’m alone and I’m in trouble.’”
Read on to get her full account of the next 20 minutes of terror.