I went into the doctor yesterday for several little things, then on to Rapid. got some wood pellets. Decided I’d put my money where my mouth is and get some as I think we still have some cold weather to deal with. they will save if we don’t just take up room in the little red shack.
Then I went to a meeting of the GF&P commission about the new tags for elk for this fall. I was pretty sure it was going to be good as we are way down on numbers of elk and most people think the lions are the problem. They got over 70 lion this late winter in 70 days. With hardly any snow. And no use of dogs. So most people figure there are way more lions out there than the GF&P is accounting for. Lots of people walked up to the mike and had their say and they limited their time to 3 minutes. Most didn’t need it. Most said, less to no cow tags and lots more lion tags. A few want to see an open season until it is hard to see or find a lion and get these numbers corrected. One lady thought they ought to quit hunting lions as they are just wonderful little kitty’ kitty’s and really do no harm.Several people cussed the landowners for always getting a elk tag. I guess they figure just because a rancher feeds them all year he shouldn’t get any better deal than any one else. Seems to me like those that feel that way should just go buy a ranch and run some elk, so they’d always get a tag. Most landowners testified that they hardly see any elk now as compared to numbers just a few years ago. Puzzles me, why they worked so hard to get an elk population and then the lions eat them . The commission has a tough job and many were angry with them and the GF&P. Face it, folks was perturbed. I got to meet and visit with the head guy of the GF&P and I know one of the commissioners a bit. Saw several people and talked to them who I have only met on line before.
One problem that came up is the lions are eating almost all of the calves born in the spring. For several reason. I think some good ideas came out of it and it was worth the drive to watch. Hopefully these people will get at least some of what they want.
Oddly, Wind Cave Park is right next to Custer State Park and Wind cave has too many elk. but then, they don’t allow hunting, but they do have their fence set up so elk can leave and not get back in until after the hunting season. Seems to me like they could just drive some elk over into Custer State park, but then, I am sure there is a reason the Elk don’t want to go to Custer State park and I think it is because there is less open ground, more tees, so less feed and better for the lions. I don’t think elk are all that stupid. they are going to stay or go back where they have feed and fewer predators.
It was brought up by several people that there are wolves out there, something most of us dread, after watching what the eco tards have done with their lying ways about the wolves that started in Yellowstone and have now spread out across the west in much larger number than were promised. They wanted 125 or 165 wolves and their are hundreds now, maybe thousands, yet they fight the hunting or trapping of wolves every where. Just like they fought all the tree cutting in the Black Hills and now we have a huge bug problem and trees dying all over. Wish we could get a lawyer and sue all these groups like Friends of the Forest, the Sierra Club and the like. They have caused this problem and now we all have to pay to try and fix it. Mother Nature will take a big hand as we have dry years and many trees will burn and then there will be a great outcry that we are burning down the forests. Look at what just happened in Colorado. And all those who have built in the timber will scream because their houses will burn.
Face it as a whole, people are stoopid!