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Giant Idaho Wolves

Updated on August 26, 2012

The Giant Wolves Of Idaho

Have you heard about the size of the wolves in Idaho? Rumor has it that they are huge. The story is that the wolf population in Idaho was decimated. The plan was to introduce Canadian Timber wolves to the state with the goal of a population of 100 wolves in the state. Guess what, the wolves flourished.

It is estimated that there are between 800 and 2000 wolves in Idaho today. The thing is, the Canadian wolves usually get up to about 140 pounds. The wolves in Idaho are getting up to 180 wolves and maybe even heavier. The Idaho wolves are also reported to hunt in packs of up to 20 wolves.

Here I would like to show you some pictures of the wolves who have been hunted and to show you just how deadly they can be.

Idaho Wolves Attack And Kill Mountain Lion - When Idaho Predators Clash

Here is a story about the stregnth of ferocity of the Idaho wolves. A mountain lion was feeding on an elk when it was attacked and killed by an unknown number of Idaho Wolves. The kill took place near Sun Valley, Idaho, about a quarter mile outside Parker Gulch. Autopsy results sho that the kill came when wolves took out the lions throat. Follow the following link to read the full story. by the Idaho Mountain Press.

photo credit Wily Cook

Wolf Hunts In Idaho

To help to combat the rising population of wolves in Idaho, hunting has been allowed. The goal is to lower the wolf population back down to 100.

One of the main reasons for lowering the wolf population has been to help to increase the elk population.

Photo credit US Fish and Wildlife Service

Giant Wolves Of Idaho - Check out the size of these puppies

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How do you feel about reintroducing wolf populations and wolf hunting for population control?

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      zznuggetzz 5 months ago

      was it a legal hunt? yes or no. if it was then story over.

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      Anonymous 14 months ago

      Stupid stupid people. We ourselves are considered ANIMALS DUH! And yes those wolves are really that huge. Big beautiful creatures. We're the problem. We kill and destroy everything in our paths in the name of anything we can come up with. Wild horses, deer, elk, moose, buffalo, we take the heads, and leave the rest to rot. We're are a pathetic bunch of killers. We can't even control our own population.

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      Tara 2 years ago

      I just love how morons compare human lives to animals...it is the most idiotic comparison. Most of you don't know about anything and you never will because you live in lala stupid land and there is no point in trying to explain why these wolves are like parasites to these people, they are hopeless and Obama voters most likely...so so sad.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thats the dumbest comment I've ever read.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Canadian Gray Wolves are not native to Idaho. The smaller, less aggressive Timber wolf is...but they've been displaced by the Grays. Gray wolves do nothing for the ecosystem but displace and/or kill off true native species.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      wolves should be reintroduced, they help prevent disease and get rid of roadkill and ranchers can protect cows by getting a few lamas. they were here first we are just upstarts.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have lived in Idaho 7 years. I used to have 3-4 hundred Elk in my yard every spring. I havent seen Elk in my yard since last October. 1 wolfe will eat 7 elk in a year. Times that by a pack of 10. then times in again by 5 . Thats 350 elk in the past 5 years, in my town. This is why I only had 12 in my yard last spring. They have killed the neighbors dogs, horses and mules. They are not native to the US. The timber wolf has been killed off by the non-native wolfes. These are much bigger by far I have seen them. They could crush a mans head. I have seen them take elk down two houses down form me. Why would any one want to introduce a NON NATIVE wolf I will never understand. why mess with mother nature. We have no more mooses here , wolf kill. you cannot hunt mooses any more. They only issued a once in a life time hunting tag. Now it may be several lifetimes toi just see them in the wild, why not put the mooose on the endagered list and reintroduce some of them? No elk, no mooses, no natural wolf (timber).. The Canadian grey is a killing machine.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Hunt_Ready_Arms: You know why wolves do so much surplus killing on sheep and cattle? Its because livestock is extremely easy to kill and cannot escape. Wild animals have the instinct to kill to survive so it gets out of hand with livestock because it's easier than killing even baby animals in the wild.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: As a matter of fact, china has a limit on the amount of children a family can have....Is that not population control?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I totaly agree with Anthony, many states have lost all population of the wolf. We worry about lossing the wolf to estinction, we manage to get the population back up and when we do it becomes problem. Lets relocate not kill. Like you said they are natural to the planet. We, with our poor treatment of this planet have lost enough. Pro-life

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't know what would constitute a "Giant" wolf. I do know that many of the wolves in Yellowstone are radio collared and are periodically caught and monitored. The last time that the Alpha wolf of the Mollies pack in Yellowstone was weighed he came in at 143 pounds. The last time that the Alpha male of the Delta pack was weighed he tiped the scales at 147 pounds. That may not be giant, but it is certainly big. Concerning the size of wolf packs, they are generally in the 6 to 12 wolves per pack range. However, at one point the Druid pack in Yellowstone consisted of 37 individuals. These latter broke up into three seperate packs.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i AM TOTALLY AGAINST WOLF HUNTING SO I AM FOR THE REINTRODUCING OF WOLVES. WOLVES ARE A NATURAL ACT OF GOD NOT MAN THEY ARE THE ORIGINAL DOG K9, I THINK THERE IS GREAT MISUNDERSTANDING OF WOLVES WE SHOULD TRY TO KEEP WOLVES A LIVE RATHER THEN TRY TO KILL THAT WHICH IS NATURAL TO THE PLANET AS WATER WE DRINK AND AS AIR WE BREATH.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The wolf's have more of a right then the cattle. the Rancher allowed his cattle to be eaten by the wolf's by not protecting them. He should be fined for habituating the wolf's

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The best way to enhance the size of the wolf in the pictures is by using a software like Microsoft Publisher. Just camera angle can enhance their size. An ex-jockey friend of mine, who weighs 125 lbs, was asked to pose with a wolf carcass.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The heaviest wolf weighed since reintroduction came in at 147 lbs. However a lady told me that her cousin, "who is an avid hunter" saw a 250lb wolf in Idaho City. Guess he must have just ate.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Hunt_Ready_Arms: Really, you "saw them kill up to 75 sheep in one weekend and not ea a single one". I am not even sure to say about that other than it did not happen. When you make stuff up keep it reasonable so you can get someone to believe it.

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      Jeff Wendland 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      @Hunt_Ready_Arms: Thanks for the first hand account. Please let us know what you see with the wolf populations, aggressiveness, and their sizes over the summer.

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      Hunt_Ready_Arms 5 years ago

      I live in south central Idaho and wolves are a very big issue. I have seen them kill up to 75 sheep in one weekend and not eat a single one as they are merely teaching their young to kill. I am an avid hunter and am in the woods with wolves much of the year and I have seen the deer and elk populations drop drastically in the last decade and have seen wolf kills of cattle as close as half mile from town. I don't know about the issue with the weight, but when I fill my tag I will let you know. I cant speak to what happens up north but here the wolves are reeking havoc in the spring calving season on local ranches just below the foothills.I was strongly opposed to the reintroduction, but am firmly in favor of getting to where we need another one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: They are not enhanced sir.

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      joannalynn lm 5 years ago

      I live in Idaho, and the sensationalism is really getting out of hand. We have a wolf pack in our canyon; I've had a wolf watch me feed my livestock; a wolf ran past me chasing a white tail on my jogging trail; a wolf ran across our road...but it is nothing like what you show here. We have had several calving seasons, with no mortalities. Residents have a right to shoot a wolf if it is endangering their lives or their animals, but that has not been necessary. The only problem we've had was the pack ran through a yard, and took chickens along the way. I am afraid what is happening is what lead to the first extinction. The populations are increasing at rates that were unexpected, and people are afraid. Fear breeds this type of behavior. For people who don't understand you need to live with wolves in your "backyard". I supported the re-introduction without question. I would not want to be a wildlife biologist in Idaho right now. They are faced with many challenges; political and ecological.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The photos are so fake it's ridiculous, Idaho wolves are not that big. Those photos have all been enhanced and most were not even taken in Idaho. The number of wolves killed over 130 pounds is very small. Only one wolf over 130 pounds was taken in the first hunt and I think only 2 or 3 over 130 pounds were taken in this years hunt. This outrageous baloney hurts the anti-wolf cause. I'm just trying to keep the dialogue true and straight.

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      luniarose 5 years ago

      It will be good to reintroduce wolves but not hunting them. It is hard for them to live as it is. Go Wolves.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: So the Chinese are cannibals trying to eat u. LOL man ur an idiot. Why dont u take an unarmed hike through the Idaho woods.

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      Jeff Wendland 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      @anonymous: I don't see it. I'm not saying they are not photoshopped, it is possible. I just don't see it as you describe it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How interesting. The gentleman pictured holding the wolf has two left arms. Follow the gloved hand under the wolfs front legs to find arm #1, and look by the hunters waist and you'll find arm #2. Clearly another dishonest photoshop job by the anti-wolf crowd. Do you anti-wolf people have any ethics at all?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm trying to see things from your point of view, but I can't get my head that far up my arse!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      That's horrible that they are controlling the wolf population by killing them! China has a major population problem.....so why dont we just hunt some rice pickers and help their population problem as well!!!! Wolves were on the endangered species list in North America for a long time and were just recently taken off it, but now it looks like they will be back on it again in the near future!!!! That's the "American Way" I guess.....if we have a problem with something, we "kill it"!!!!! I guess it never occured to the powers that be that they could actually take care of the population problem in a humane way by trapping the wolves and relocating them to Canada, where they got them from in the first place, or to a place where the wolf population is scarce!!!!! Or they could relocate them to a place with an over-population of deer or elk and the wolves would actually help the problem "naturally"!!! But that will probably never happen because that's too much work for their lazy asses!!!! It's so much easier just to kill them!!!!!!! It's really sad....wolves are one of the most beautiful animals in the entire animal kingdom, and I fear one day they will become extinct like the "Red Wolf" which was declared extinct by the U.S.F.W.S. IN 1980!!! They may cause ranchers problems by killing their livestock, but livestock is no where near being extinct, let alone endangered, and wolves killing livestock is a natural thing and a part of the circle of life....but people killing wolves in retalliation isn't natural, and if it wasn't for our "guns" we wouldn't stand a chance against an adult wolf and it would take a miracle for us to kill one!!!! I'm not against hunting in general, especially hunting for food, but I am against hunting animals who are endangered or close to endangerment for the sake of population control when there are other viable alternatives to simply killing them!!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: elk population is being decimated. The wolves are not even from Idaho. Their not native!

      U fuckn hippie liberal

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Well when you go to the grocery store and there is no meat to buy because wolves have killed all livestock don't complain to the ranchers.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      we shouldn't have to get them back down to 100

      cause even though there population did go up if we lower it again

      we don't know if it could ever go back up...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Wolflover: Abortion.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We should have never reitroduced them in the first place. We killed them to protect livestock and elk populations and will kill them off again for the same reason.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We don't kill people for over population. So why are we killing animals for their population? We almost killed them off completely before and now it seems the powers that be are going to let that happen again.