Ranchers find ways to live with wolves

The Casper Star Tribune has published a very revealing article describing the trade offs ranchers have to make with wolves being considered endangered species. The specific ranch profiled in the story points out that within a year after wolves were introduced in Yellowstone National Park twenty years ago, they arrived at Diamond G Ranch in northwest Wyoming within a year and started killing calves, horses, dogs, snd cows.

The ranch owners, Jon and Debbie Robinett have documented much of the carnage but they were not prepared for. The couple obtained hunting licenses and roam the mountains near their ranch in hopes of catching and even killing the wolves but to no avail. It has gotten to the point where ranchers are accepting the trade off of a little carnage as long as they can make money. While the state does compensate ranchers for livestock killed by wolves, but down the line the ability to collect got harder as proving cattle deaths got harder.

This is the result of giving wolves endangered species. Fortunately, humans tend not to be attacked by the predators except if the wolf has rabies. Otherwise, ranchers who raise cattle are in a precarious position to defend their stock and other animals from wolf attacks. The state of Wyoming would compensate ranchers for their loses but providing kills is now harder. Environmentalist groups, like Defenders of Wildlife, teach non-lethal methods in order to deal with wolves but they are also from the same movement that pushed to have wolves declared endangered species.

An increase in the wolf population means not only the deaths of cattle and other animals humans consume but also affect our food supply. Additionally, the chance of wolf-human contact goes up in which wolves can become braver over time since they can deem humans as weaker or wolves that are rabid can attack people. As I have pointed out before, making the wolf population larger, makes it more likely that animals used in meat production will be attacked and eaten by wolves rendering them useless for human consumption. It is a revolting concept greens have pushing for policies to help enlarge the wolf population grounded in the idea of balancing the eco-system.

This is a form of behavior modification since livestock attacks contribute to ratcheting up meat and poultry prices. This, in turn, will hopefully prod people to become vegetarians while also curbing human activity to help the planet’s climate (in their minds). Not only would wolves kill livestock animals but they would also help get rid of what environmentalists see as the root cause of Earth’s problems: mankind itself. Both livestock and humans would be subjected to wolf attacks as a kind of demented killing two birds with one stone.