Confirmed wolf predations decline. Wolf Management in Wyoming. By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!

Confirmed livestock losses to wolves dropped by over 55% from 2006. 55 cattle (mostly calves) and 16 sheep we confirmed lost to wolves. For this 60 wolves were shot, mostly by Wildlife Services.

Of course there were some livestock killed, but not found, but we also have to assume that Wildlife Services did not cheat in counting the confirmed losses. The Wyoming wolf plan calls for paying sheep growers 700% the value of a lost sheep if it is a confirmed wolf kill. The justification is that there are 7 dead sheep for every one found. If this rate of unconfirmed loss was really true, Wyoming sheep operations would probably be the most sloppy on the planet. In fact, sheep are herded much more closely than cattle, and losses of sheep to predators are more likely, rather than less likely to be detected.

These are data then, about which the governor, state legislators and some of media act so hysterical.

About The Author

Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

4 Responses to Confirmed wolf predations in Wyoming decline in 2007

  1. Mack P. Bray says:

    Such absurdity…! There’s NO WAY only 55 cattle and 16 sheep were killed by wolves in Wyoming in 2007. These numbers MUST be skewed. Everyone knows wolves are monstrous calf, cattle, lamb and sheep eating machines. We’re being lied to…!

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services? Hey, they’re the FEDS…! We can’t trust the FEDS….! Wait a minute. I think I hear Blackhawks approaching…

    Nope. It was just Wildlife Services.

    Something about having to shoot more maniacal, marauding, murderous wolves found on AMERICA’S public lands on behalf of PRIVATE livestock producers.

    Mack P. Bray
    My opinions are my own

  2. Dave says:

    I am an avid reader of this site but I do not comment often.

    That was pretty funny Mack.

  3. Robert Hoskins says:

    No doubt one reason for the very generous multiplication formula proposed by the Wyoming G&F Department for compensation payments to ranchers for wolf depredations–7X–is due to the falling depredation numbers. Have to increase the per capita payments!

  4. Ben Wilson says:

    yeah…i just *loved* reading the part about wildlife services shooting the wolves…since when is shooting the only way to get a wolf into a safe environment?!?



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