Services Release Statistics About Wolf Attacks
wolf advocacy groups have pointed out that, in relative terms,
only a very small proportion of livestock losses (<1% for cattle
and <2.5% for sheep) nationwide are typically caused by wolves,
and that other predators, such as coyotes, are responsible for
many more livestock deaths than are wolves (Defenders of
determining the average number of livestock killed per each
individual predator on the landscape, and comparing these
figures among the four species, it turns out that individual
wolves in Idaho are about 170 times more likely to kill cattle
than are individual coyotes or black bears.
"Individual wolves were determined to be about 21 times more
likely to kill cattle than were individual mountain lions.
A lack of
responsible management is allowing wolves to over
populate and destroy game herds.
As a result of diminished big game herds, there are more conflicts as
hungry wolves invade ranches
and towns to prey on domestic livestock and pets for food.
For obvious reasons wolves
must be managed to keep numbers from over populating like
they have done in Idaho and Montana. Hunting will help
encourage wolves to stay in wild remote areas
farther away from farming, ranching, and rural neighborhoods.
Will Wolves Affect Your Lifestyle
Wolves need managed in a responsible manner so there is minimal effect
on human lifestyles, health, and safety, and a rancher's
ability to earn a living. Ranching and Hunting are very important activities for rural economies.
If wolves are managed in a responsible manner they may fit into
our modern environment
without destroying game herds and attacking livestock as they have done in Idaho,
Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Citizens cannot afford for wolves to reduce big game herds, attack livestock,
and spread disease. Rural economies depend on
ranching income and the annual
influx of dollars from visiting tourists and hunters.
Are Wolves Dangerous
Most pro-wolf organizations
and pro-wolf biologists maintain that wolves pose little or
no threat. The wolf supporters and network news channels fail to report
all the wolf incidents
occurring across the west. As
you can see by the multitude of wolf reports and photos on
this website, there are numerous attacks, diseases, and
occurring throughout the west.
Should Wolves Be Hunted
strategies involving "Hunting" have worked well for
most game species and predators in North America. Hunted species are
actually America's most abundant wildlife species and it's
often species of
animals that hunters are not allowed to hunt, who's
the most threatened. History has proven that hunters are the
best wildlife stewards, they have a sincere interest in
maintaining healthy wildlife populations and they actually
provide the funding needed to accomplish that goal.
taxpayers want to pay the cost for professional
hunters to continue removing depredating wolves and controlling wolf
numbers in problem areas?
Expensive predator control programs have had to be implemented
in many states. Professional wolf
hunters in Idaho are reportedly paid $1500.00 plus
helicopter time for each wolf removal. Why not let
willing hunters provide the necessary wolf management and pay the cost of wolf management
through license sales
and ease the burden on taxpayers?
What Do Wolves Eat
Studies have indicated that 1 wolf eats 17 elk or 44 deer
per year. At that rate wolves could severely reduce local
game herds and be forced to prey on livestock and pets.
Signs of this are occurring in many areas of
the west and this effects
local economies and lifestyles. There have been so many wolf predations
that re-imbursement programs are being exhausted. Another
problem is that many attacks are being classified as
"non-conclusive" and ranchers are not getting reimbursed
for their loss (see photos and captions on this page). This
effects ranch incomes and local economies immensely.
What Can You Do
citizens, rural residents, ranchers, and hunters need to
write or call their elected officials and send email
on a regular basis stating their opposition to wolf
re-introduction. Request protection of your lifestyle and
the protection of recreationists, rural citizens, ranchers, livestock, hunters, and
our current wildlife populations from threats posed by
excessive wolf populations.