Skip to comments.Colorado’s first wolf kill in decades
Posted on 12/21/2021 4:05:08 PM PST by george76
A confirmed wolf kill was discovered near Walden, Colo., the home of one of Colorado’s wolf packs. An approximately 500 pound purebred replacement heifer was found dead after being attacked and eaten by this pack of wolves. This is the first confirmed wolf kill of livestock in Colorado in over 70 years.
In early 2021, Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed the existence of this pack in north central Colorado; however, individual wolves have been sited in the area previous to the pack confirmation. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are working closely with the livestock producer to learn as much from this situation as possible as a mechanism to better inform Colorado’s current Wolf Restoration and Management Plan.
“On behalf of the livestock producer, who is a member of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, as well as Colorado Parks and Wildlife, we ask that the public refrain from disturbing the area and individuals associated with this wolf attack,” said Steve Wooten, CCA president.
While unfortunate, this wolf kill further brings to light issues that must be addressed by the Wolf Restoration and Management Plan, specifically:
Lethal and non-lethal methods, including hazing, of wolves for conflict minimization.
A guaranteed funding source that allows Colorado Parks and Wildlife to fairly provide the needed tools for prevention and compensation from wolf impacts.
Impacts from wolves go beyond livestock death and injury, to include more far-reaching impacts on livestock performance, such as loss of pregnancy, weight loss, imbalanced range usage, etc.
A strongly encourages the members of the Wolf Restoration and Management Plan working groups and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to consider this wolf attack and the widespread impacts as a sentinel example of how livestock can be impacted by wolf introduction.
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***This is the first confirmed wolf kill of livestock in Colorado in over 70 years. ***
There is a reason wolves were trapped and hunted to near extinction 100 years ago.
SSS (Shoot, shovel, shutup)
I have a problem with this attitude of kill all the wolves. How would you feel if in sub Saharan Africa they had a hunt to eradicate all predatory animals like lions and leopards? Would you “kill ‘em all” types like that?
Right and kill all the lions in Africa too? Doing’ right ain’t got no end.
Whoever put them there should be cited....
If I remember correctly, it was columnist Cleveland Amory who started the “Bring back the wolves!” movement in the 1960s.
So kill all the lions, right? And leopards.
So it isok for Americans to kill wolves but Africans poaching lions now that is outrageous!!!
I guess the wolves like eating tasted red meat as much as I do. Let me know when they are eating so much that I can’t get any
I would not be too adverse to an American killing the mountain lion sighted by my wife on the front porch the other morning.
Imported, exotic, not native Canadian timber wolves are much larger & deadly than the smaller American wolves.
How about we eradicate all predators is Africa? What’s the difference?
Farmers and ranchers are babies. Mostly taxpayer subsidized babies.
From a peasant poem from the 1400s
I raise sheep. The wolves eat them.
When I defend my sheep, I am arrested,
Because a GREAT MAN who is above raising sheep,
Would be in need of wolves.
I remember driving through Walden years ago and seeing a freaking Moose grazing in a field.
Remember this old bumper sticker from a few years back?
“EAT MORE LAMB! 10,000 COYOTES CAN’T BE WRONG!”
Just thought I’d cite you for that. :)
Candice Berner, a 32-year-old school teacher, was killed in a wolf pack attack in an Alaska Peninsula village .
Elsewhere, a wolf attacked a hunter along the Kuskokwim River near Kalskag, biting the man in his leg
If the dead steer was grazing on private land, the Federal Government should provide compensation. However, if the killing took place on Federal land leased out to a cattle rancher then no compensation should be awarded since it is common knowledge that natural predators reside there and are part of the ecosystem and strengthen it.