I just did some more digging, as I found it strange that so many of the kills in this first year of Wyoming "trophy hunting" were wolves wearing research collars. I've seen those collars from a field scope, and they are very big and obvious. You can't miss them. One would think any rational person would see the $4,000 research collar and leave it be.
In fact, the opposite apparently happened. There is some suspicion that some Wyoming hunters tracked the radio frequency used for the collars and specifically targeted the research wolves as soon as they left the park boundary. There are reportedly hunter facebook pages crowing about killing collared wolves. I hope it's not true, but it's sickening if it is.
Last edited by Magwart; 12-14-2012 at 02:26 AM.