Skip to comments.Idaho wolf livestock depredations hit another record
Posted on 09/14/2019 1:44:18 PM PDT by george76
Wolf depredations on livestock in Idaho reached a record level during the past fiscal year, which ended June 30.
From July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, Idaho Wildlife Services conducted 264 depredation investigations related to wolf complaints from 136 livestock producers in 17 counties.
Of those 264 investigations, 175 involved confirmed wolf depredations, said Todd Grimm, the Idaho state director of Wildlife Services, which is a federal agency that helps solve conflicts between humans and animals.
Last year we had a pretty busy year, he said during the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Boards Aug. 21 meeting.
The cattle guys the last four or five years are the ones who have really been taking the brunt of the wolf depredations, Grimm added.
The 175 wolf depredations of Idaho livestock during fiscal year 2019 was a record for the second straight year.
Weiser-area rancher Cody Chandler told board members that wolves in his area are having a major impact on his operation. He described how early in the morning on Aug. 20 the wolves just went wild that night. They were so loud and you could hear them running around. It was scary. That night, they were too close for comfort.
His father, Kirk Chandler, a rancher and Washington County Commissioner, said ranchers in the area are all having the same experiences. Its a big problem. It really affects the economy of our county.
Braden Jensen, who handles natural resource issues for Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, told the board that the presence of wolves has caused some wildlife to change their habitat and migration patterns, which in turn is causing increased wildlife depredation on cropland where those herds havent traditionally been in the past.
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No if all the cattle were in sync and came charging the wolves at the same time there would be no problem.
Send our military snipers out there to camp out and shoot the predators. Then send them to Afghanistan.
My daughter and SIL live in Idaho. But they don’t farm. She takes really long walks in the woods with her dogs and they’ve seen wolf tracks and bear tracks. The dogs will scare off wolves—they are almost as large and seriously protective—but having bears in the area is really serious. And cougars.
Is it possible to relocate wolves to non-farming areas? Or for farmers to have large dogs that would chase them away?
In Mendocino, where I vacationed for several months, neighbors would call everyone if they saw a cougar or fresh cougar tracks. We’d keep our small animals inside so there was nothing cougars could eat and they moved on.
85 percent of all wolf kills that have occurred in Oregon have taken place on private property.. Imported Canadian (not native) Huge wolvess have killed cows, horses, guard dogs, sheep and llamas as well as calves.
There were about 1,000 Imported Canadian (not native) Huge wolves in the lower 48 states when the wolves received ESA protections in 1975, .
Now there are over 5,000 of Imported Canadian (not native) Huge wolves in the US that often carry the infection : Echinococcus granulosus.
The Sierra Club and the U.S. Forest Service were presenting an alternative to the Wyoming ranchers for controlling the coyote population. It seems that after years of the ranchers using the tried and true method of shooting or trapping the predators, the Sierra Club had a more humane solution to this issue. What they were proposing was for the animals to be captured alive. The males would then be castrated and let loose again. This was ACTUALLY proposed by the Sierra Club and by the U.S. Forest Service. All of the ranchers thought about this amazing idea for a couple of minutes. Finally an old fellow wearing a big cowboy hat in the back of the conference room stood up, tipped his hat back and said; Son, I dont think you understand our problem here... these coyotes aint f’in our sheep... theyre eatin em! The meeting never really got back to order. . .
These Imported Canadian (not native) Huge wolves often run in packs of twenty + wolves.
Big dogs may scare off one wolf, but if she runs into a pack, the dogs and her will be lunch.
Shoot wolves when you see them and shut up. Best to gut shoot them so that they run off to a remote spot and die.
Well, my girl does carry and is a terrific shot.
The dang government re-introduced wolves! What did they think would happen?
Adopt some donkeys. Turn them loose among the cattle.
The BLM down here often go out and round up Donkeys and people can adopt them.
Farmers up were I come from did just that and they havent lost one cow/calf since. Before, they were losing up to 30 head a year from Wolves. The wolves will hang around if they can grab a cow and will send the pups in to learn how to kill. Wolves will kill for the fun of it.
Donkeys will kill coyotes and wolves if they get hold of them.
It was a disaster when they imported Canadian wolves into the lower 48 but more of a disaster when they put them on the ESA list.
It makes no sense at all because wolves are not needed for a balanced ecosystem in the western states. We have thousands of deer and elk hunters and state wildlife agencies manage game populations just fine without wolves.
It doesn’t take a genius to know that depredation wouldn’t be much of a problem in the absence of wolves.
Some organization should file a lawsuit claiming that the introduced wolves are not the native timber wolves and thus, the newly introduced wolves should be declared an invasive specie with all protection lifted. Treat them like rats - it doesn't matter how you get rid of them as long as you get rid of them.
The problem is that he had to castrate the Jacks because they will you know what. And, they will attack a sheep if they are lambing. Something in the blood gets them aggressive. Cattle on the other hand doesnt seem to bother them
The Jennys on the other hand are easier to handle and wont attack a ewe lambing.
Another thing is to keep any dog away from them if they are turned loose as a guardian. They’ll kill the family dog.
Wolves are far more dangerous than bears. Don’t underestimate them. They’ll even kill the biggest dogs. Spike collars work well, but shoot them on sight.
Thanks. I just sent her this information from you and two other Freepers.. She has a WonderWoman complex, thinks she can handle anything, but two of her four dogs are Corgis and she wouldn’t want them to end up a dinner for wolves.
I support reintroducing wolves to downtown Los Angeles, specifically around City Hall.
The wolves can help keep the homeless population there culled, and any politicians dumb enough to walk nearby.
LOL and other liberal cities too
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