Ranchers plan on losing part of their stock to weather.......what they don't plan on is wolves killing their stock.
Think again and respond accordingly please.
Calling someone stupid and posting that?.......Ranchers new the Wolves were being re-introduced long , long before they were.If they/you were "smart" they would have done research ( wich was out there , and given by fish and game) and "planned" on a couple losses from wolves also.A rancher I know in Oregon "plans" on the weather and has heated barns for his calves......Anyway , the Governemnt could give tax write offs for the few killed by wolves , they give write offs for very less important things anyway.This would be a "win win" situation.And as I said before electric fences do wonders,that could be a "write off" also.....By the way , the livestock being "killed are on PUBLIC LAND....
"Once hunted, trapped and poisoned to extinction in Idaho, wolves have made a remarkable recovery. An estimated 512 wolves, including 36 breeding packs, are a critical part of Idaho's ecosystems. And, contrary to anti-wolf extremists' claims, the wolves are not a significant threat to livestock or game populations."
"However, this spring, due to heavier snow conditions, the cattle have been moved earlier to these pastures. The wolves have four small pups at the den, only a month old, and we are using a nonlethal deterrent method known as "fladry" (a type of flagging barrier used to deter wolves) and alarm systems to discourage the wolves from coming too close to the cattle. Rick Williamson, Idaho wolf specialist for Wildlife Services and Defenders' April Wildlife Hero is guiding the project in cooperation with Defenders' Wolf Guardian Coordinator, Consuelo Blake. Together, they are working with local residents to install more than three miles of fladry between the cattle and the wolves' den site. Over the next month, volunteers and staff will diligently maintain the fladry and monitor wolf activity in the area. We will also increase the deterrents by installing a new type of fladry called "turbofladry," which utilizes electrified wire to discourage wolves from crossing into the livestock pastures."
"Washington, DC – In 2005 Defenders of Wildlife compensation payments to ranchers for livestock lost to wolves totaled $97,009. The payments are made through The Bailey Wildlife Foundation Wolf Compensation Trust. Nearly 500 payments totaling more than $600,000 have been made through the fund to cattle and livestock owners in the northern Rockies. To date, the compensation fund has reimbursed 275 ranchers in the northern Rockies over $600,000 for livestock lost to wolves."
That is just a small amount of information.....And should be sufficient enough to show the ignorant that Wolves are not killing off livestock and peoples hobbies of trophy hunting...( I hunt ) ....SwampGator , if you were a true animal rights activist , you would know this information allready ,and more......
Here is the link for the "petition".....Please take the time to sign it , that is main reason i posted this thread....I will continue to put up more information if need be...Thanks , Rob
Washington, DC – On Friday, May 5, the National Agricultural Statistical Services released a report that shows that wolves are responsible for only 2.3 percent of predator-caused cattle deaths annually. Of the 190,000 cattle lost to predators in 2005, 4,400, or 2.3 percent, were killed by wolves. By comparison, vultures killed nearly twice as many cattle as wolves and dogs combined.
"These statistics clearly show that wolves kill very few cattle annually, especially compared to other causes of death," said Suzanne Asha Stone, Rocky Mountain Field Representative for Defenders of Wildlife. "Vultures and even dogs kill more cattle than wolves, to say nothing of coyotes, weather and disease."
Most cattle lost in 2005 were lost to other factors besides predators. Just more than four million cattle died last year nationwide, 95 percent of those died from disease, weather, and other non-predator related causes.
"Those opposed to wolf reintroduction often claim the toll wolves take on cattle is very high, but the true statistics tell a different story," said Stone. "With these numbers we see that wolves play a very small role in all cattle deaths.".