Skip to comments.Crowd protests wolf policy
Posted on 12/31/2005 4:25:54 PM PST by george76
Four gray wolves released near Meeteetse on Feb. 14 may have been illegally captured on his land.
The rancher, Frank Robbins, was among more than 40 people attending a March 2 Hot Springs County Commission meeting to lodge objections to the way federal agencies have managed wolves in the area.
The group ..."to tell the feds that monitoring wolves on private property would be considered trespass," ...
"We were caught unawares," ...
the commissioners "are concerned about what (wolves) could do...We don't see any of the plus side."
whether any laws may have been violated in the case of low-flying aircraft or the capture of wolves.
Meanwhile Ed Bangs of Helena, Mont., wolf recovery coordinator for the F&WS, said his agency is legally allowed to fly 500 feet above any property to monitor wolf activity.
Robbins, who owns the 150,000-acre HD High Island Ranch on Owl Creek near Thermopolis, said he was told by a state predator control officer that eight gray wolves were captured in one net on his land.
He said one 3-5 year old cow weighing 1,200 pounds is valued at about $1,000.
"We're missing 10-15 head," Robbins said. His neighbor, who runs 300 head, is missing five.
The federal government "turned my ranch into a recovery zone for the wolf," adding they "are willing to sacrifice us to get (wolves) delisted."
In 10 years Robbins says he has never received any payment for loss of cattle to predators.
In one case he said a predator control officer observed a wolf eating a dead cow, but could not say what killed it.
"They can't verify it, so they don't pay you.
But it's still my cow, and if I don't want a wolf eating my cow, dead or alive, that's my prerogative,"
(Excerpt) Read more at codyenterprise.com ...
Shoot the wolves, bury the bodies.
Put a little antifreeze in that dead cow.
Think you have a severe rat problem which can only be solved with massive rat poison, near that dead cow, of course.
Absolutely a case for the Three "S" principle.
Practice it carefully and good luck.
Expecting Fed help is like relying on 911 to keep you safe.
Maybe a bit incorrect for this board, but try applying for compensation to www.defenders.org. Supposedly, they compensate for wolf losses. Let's see if they're for real.
recovery of Mexican wolves in America...
Robbins’ land is “five minutes by helicopter, up to two days by horse” via rough terrain from the Larsen Ranch near Meeteetse.
He says the federal government “turned my ranch into a recovery zone for the wolf,” adding they “are willing to sacrifice us to get (wolves) delisted.”
In 10 years Robbins says he has never received any payment for loss of cattle to predators. In one case he said a predator control officer observed a wolf eating a dead cow, but could not say what killed it.
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