Lobo, The Super Wolf Oct 31, 2010 19:34:21 GMT -5
Post by sloanrodgers on Oct 31, 2010 19:34:21 GMT -5
That's why people need to be educated on the true nature, history and feeding habits of wolves. The appropriate federal agencies,
states and citizens can then come to a consensus on the best placement of wolves in their wild spaces. They would then supplant
coyotes that supposedly kill more calves and cause other trouble. I'd trust a smart wolf over a wily coyote.
Sadly, most people don't realize the economic impact of the loss of even one calf has on even a large operation (and I'm definitly not that). The basic economics is the only way a cow pays for its upkeep is if it has a calf that survives every year. In today's cattle operations, You HAVE to have a 90% calfing rate/survival rate every 12 months to even potentially have a profitable year.
I don't know much about the modern cattle industry, but previous generations of cattlemen and people in general seem to have been
extremely paranoid about wolves. During the big wolf killing decades (1880-1930) hundreds if not thousands of cattle died every year
by poisonous plants, snakes, trains, fire, disease, drought, severe weather, bridge/ structure collapses, other predators, poor diet and
starvation, but wolves were nearly driven into extinction for their apparent 1% of all cattle deaths. Somehow even today I think cattle-
men near Yellowstone have more to worry about than the occasional proven wolf kill of a cow.
Reintroducing wolves sounds like no big deal and even "romantic", but the economic impact it has is in fact a big deal. If you look in depth at some of these groups that are leading the reintroduction effort, you'll find that the negative effects on the cattle industy is an intended consequence.
I'm not sure how much of an impact it would be on the cattle industry, especially if wolf packs are placed away from big cattle ranches,
they are managed with a food source and owners are compensated for periodic depredations. I'm not associated with any wolf or nature
groups, but my own research has not revealed the huge wolf depredations that cattlemen and hunters claimed was their justification for
exterminating wolves across this country. Actually I've found it easier to locate the rare human attack in contemporary newspapers than
a documented cattle kill. I'm beginning to think wolf eradication was all about hysteria and greed for wolf pelts.