Wallow County, Oregon ranchers Max and Jeanie Mallory discovered their guard dog, a calf and a sheep had been killed by wolves recently. According to The LaGrande Observer, Jeannie Mallory spotted a wolf not far from their ranch ten days ago as she and her husband were moving cattle to switch pastures. It was there that they sighted a wolf of the Wenaha species who checked out a calf only to find the same calf dead a few days later.
As it turn out, wolves are considered an endangered species and if a rancher decides to personally defend his or her cattle from wolf attacks, a number of requirements have to be met before they can legally shoot to kill a wolf. In many cases and by default, the wolf has more legal rights than a human. Short of if a wolf attacks a person, if a pet dog or cat or even livestock are attacked by a wolf and someone shoots and kills it, that individual could end up in big legal trouble. Wolves do not differentiate between domesticated and wild animals when they are hungry and will not avoid contact with humans if there are little to no consequences when they do.
The sinister reason why environmentalists want wolves protected is simple: reducing carbon emissions grounded in the idea of reducing human population. Environmentalist groups and residents have filed a number of lawsuits against farmers and ranchers due to livestock emissions. Studies have been done correlating emissions from livestock as contributing to climate change. As a result, not only do environmentalists sue establishments involved in raising livestock but also see wolves as a means to an end.
By making the wolf population larger, it 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. It is also 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). Another benefit with having larger wolf populations increases the likelihood that humans would be attacked too due to increased contact resulting from larger wolf populations. 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.