We got a lot of heat for this essay about problematic wolf-hunting laws in Wyoming. Which, fine! Glad we could start a discussion. As a followup, here's a nice visual representation of all the threats facing cattle in the United States--if you'll notice, wolves are not exactly on the top of that list. Much of the motivation for the laws allowing wolf-hunting in states like Wyoming (though this is national data) come from an assumption that wolves are a major problem for cattle ranchers--that wolves are responsible for significant so-called "unintended" cattle loss. "Unintended" cattle loss, by the way, is the term the USDA uses for cattle who die before they are killed in slaughterhouses.
The data does not support that assumption.
This data comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the infographic was made by the Sierra Club.
Wow. I live in Maine and I have no opinion of the Wolf control issue in Montana, but I appreciate the readers pointing out how flawed and misleading this writer's tricks to support his own opinion are. I read almost every pop-sci article and now I'm wondering what other biased junk this guy has assulted me with in the past. Hey pop-sci leaders: You might want to re-acquaint your self with the word "Science" in your name. It is supposed to be the pursuit of truth, not the pursuit of opinion-shaping.
As a New Mexican rancher who has had and still has problems with the Mexican Grey Wolf, I would like to propose the following solution. Lets pass the hat and send an undisclosed number of these "cute" little wolves up to Central Park , release them in the dark of night, and enjoy having their children get the heck scared out of them, after all why should my kids and grandkids have all the fun! It might also cut down on the homeless problem in New York City. This is just to illustrate our problems are significantly different than those experienced by others less fortunate than to live in our part of the world.
Problem solved JCJrancher, you can count me in!
Between the love that Mr. Nosowitz has for these gentle creatures and my enormous matching gift, we could have a little pack heading up that way in no time.
(Is it too shallow for us to ask that their collars say "Made possible by the gracious donations of Dan & Fotobum"?)
I notice that rustlers have fallen off the list. They go extinct, or have the wolves and ranchers been working hand in paw and didn't know it from the rancher end? Wise brother Wolf.
@quasi44 We have found with some authors on Popsci, we end up having to do the research ourselves. Let us know whet you find.
In other words wolves are such a small problem their effect is pretty much lost in the noise.
Really ranchers should be looking into respiratory and other health problems vs worrying about wolves.
Getting rid of use of feed lots probably would reduce cattle losses then all predator induced losses combined.