I found this shocking piece on the Yellowstone Net forum-

Here it is. You have been warned.

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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.

28 Responses to What happens to ranchers' pet cows – not for faint-hearted

  1. Lynne Stone says:

    Re. the pix, planet earth would be better off, w/o beef cattle. Want to help wolves? Boycott beef.

  2. mikepost says:

    So…what did we all think was happening to those cows???

  3. Save bears says:

    I knew exactly what happens and every single time I grill one I am thankful, I just wish I had more means to enjoy a T-Bone like that every once in a while, but I am perfectly fine with my BBQ’d Elk and Venison steaks, they are mighty tasty.

  4. SR25Stoner says:

    I’ll take Buffalo over the beef every time.

  5. ProWolf in WY says:

    but I am perfectly fine with my BBQ’d Elk and Venison steaks, they are mighty tasty.

    and free of preservatives!

  6. Anthony says:

    Maybe you should rethink eating red meat and just feed it to you dogs.

  7. izabelam says:

    My dogs dont’ eat cows..they eat venison …:) not kidding..Blue Bufgfalo has really good dogs food…

  8. Save bears says:


    At my age, I am not go to give my red meat up, it got me this far, and I am sure it will continue to get me to the point in life when I leave. So no need for me to rethink anything, some good venison or elk steaks, a bit of steamed veggies, with a side of rice and I am good to go…

  9. I think part of the point of this is that people who lose a calf or whatever to wolves often remark about the wolves’ cruelty and “bloodthirstiness,” as though their cattle were just their pets and we all just eat veggies.

    p.s. I used to love beef, but gave it up after looking so many time at the ugly creatures wallow in the filth they created on our public lands.

  10. Anthony says:

    I gave up red meat after the Doctor said I high blood pressure, high cholesteral, and high triglicerides. I was on two different drugs. Been healthy and drug free ever since.

  11. Save bears says:

    I guess, different metabolisms react differently, been eating red meat all my life, normal cholesterol, strong heart and normal blood pressure..have never had to take drugs for that type of stuff, and I am past the age of 50

  12. Anthony says:

    If you have good genes you could eat whatever you want and still live to be 120. Red Meat only increases your risk of a multitude of diseases including cancer. I still enjoy the occasional sausage.

  13. Save bears says:

    Of course it might be because I normally don’t eat ranched beef and have pretty much had wild meat my whole life..when I was in the military, the guys used to love my care packages from home, because they always included venison or elk meat…heck it has been about 15 years since I had a big mac!

  14. ProWolf in WY says:

    I think part of the point of this is that people who lose a calf or whatever to wolves often remark about the wolves’ cruelty and “bloodthirstiness,” as though their cattle were just their pets and we all just eat veggies.

    Ironic also that these precious livestock are left out in the elements. Can’t count all the times I’ve seen cows with a layer of frost on them.

  15. ProWolf in WY,

    I think they are truly angry, but not primarily because the cow is dismembered. If they raise cattle or sheep they have seen and done it themselves.

    They are angry about a loss of property.

    Now there has been compensation for these losses from Defenders of Wildlife. This actually makes them twice as angry because (excuse my language), the same damn people who are responsible in a way for their loss of property will now sit in judgment if they get compensated. Who do these Eastern or city bastards think they are to sit in judgment of their natural betters?

    It explains why depredation compensation did nothing to appease ranchers, who are the local nobility. Nobles get things as a matter of right, not because of merit.

  16. I find the hypocrisy of ranchers screaming for the slaughter of our iconic predators because their animals have lost weight on the hoof (or words to this effect) from having to run a little at the sight of wolf packs instead of wallow in fragile riparian zones to be stomach turning.

    The loss of income complained of by publicly subsidized Montana ranchers (in a recent pro-rancher “documentary” sponsored in part by Montana’s Game, Fish, and Parks) as they loaded up their precious charges for the feedlot/slaugherhouse was likewise appalling.

  17. Just FYI: I just finished a double cheeseburger made up of unbeatable Boca brand flame grilled soy burgers with soy swiss cheese. I smothered it with grilled onions and capsup. I swear (as a reformed meat eater) you CANNOT taste the difference. Each burger has only a hundred calories and is totally healthy to boot.

  18. Cobra says:

    It’s been 15 years since I had big mac.
    Your lucky sometime we get busy running to ball games and such after work so we go through Micky D’s and everytime we do I feel like I just ate road kill. Actually road kill might be better for you. I’ll take elk burger anyday.

  19. Save bears says:


    I will take elk anything before I have a Micky D burger! Just not on the top of my to eat list! Of course, I don’t eat much junk food, my wife enjoys her candy and cakes, but I might eat a bowl of ice cream once in a while, but I can’t remember the last time I had a candy bar, I am just not a junk food type person…

  20. Save bears says:

    Actually I guess, I live a sheltered life! I don’t go into town very often, and when I do, it is only to pick up the mail and pick up veggies and if I could get them delivered, I don’t think I would have to buy more than one tank of gas a month for the car, I just don’t like being around to many people, I would much rather drink a cup of coffee and talk to the deer in the yard! as I said, I live a sheltered life…

  21. ProWolf in WY says:

    Cobra, roadkill has less preservatives than a Big Mac.
    Save bears, I think your sheltered lifestyle is the envy of a lot of people.

  22. Richie says:

    Doesn’t anybody juice ?

  23. Richie says:

    To Ralph:
    You do not like eastern people or city people ?

  24. ProWolf in WY says:

    Doesn’t anybody juice ?

    Not me.

  25. paulWTAMU says:

    Richie, I think you need to reread his post 😉
    I like red meat. So damn tasty. I just don’t think that ranchers should expect or get sole vote on environmental policy.

  26. richie says:

    T o Ralph and paul;
    Sorry my error !!!!!!

  27. April Clauson says:

    Good one Ralph, glad you just picked the funny part of the post, not the original.

  28. Alan says:

    Personally I’ll stick to pasta, beans, veggies, eggs and an occasional piece of fish.


October 2009


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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