Wolves Scapegoated: “Less Than 1% of Cattle Killed by Native Carnivores and Domestic Dogs”

Wendy Keefover-Ring wrote a terrific piece for the Huffpost, Denver about the government’s war on our native carnivores, specifically wolves. She writes:

“Less than a quarter of one percent, 0.23%, of the American cattle inventory was lost to native carnivores and dogs in 2010, according to a Department of Agricultural report released last week. These findings call into question the tens of millions per year taxpayers and livestock growers spend on lethal control of native carnivores.

“The government’s own data show that the real killers of cattle are not a few endangered wolves or other wildlife — they’re illness and weather. Yet, the predation myth has directly contributed to a federal, 100-year, paramilitary assault on millions of native animals and birds in America. Despite governmental evidence about miniscule livestock losses, ongoing covert federal wildlife-killing operations are conducted each year on our most treasured wildlands and forests.”

  The  numbers are from the NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service) the sister agency of the USDA Wildlife Services. Every five years, the number of cattle deaths, due to non-predation and predation, are compiled, excluding Alaska.

Number of Head and Total Value of Cattle and Calf Death Loss by Cause – United States: 2010

http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/Todays_Reports/reports/catlos11.pdf

As you can see coyotes and domestic dogs are the number one and two predators of cattle BUT the real news is respiratory illness is the main killer of cattle, claiming over a million cows in 2010.

 Wolves barely make a dent in cattle losses, yet Wildlife (Dis)Services relentlessly hounds and kills them. WHY?? It’s a boondoggle, a red herring and your tax payer dollars are contributing to the pogrom against wolves.

Write to Ken Salazar, Interior Secretary and demand Wildlife Services be de-funded. Aside from persecuting and slaughtering wolves WS  kills millions of our wildlife every year.

Ask yourself why were wolves underhandedly delisted by Congress? Why are two wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana being planned? Why are wolves being hounded in the Lolo zone in Idaho? Why is Oregon’s tiny wolf population being targeted when ranchers know they lose thousands of cattle to other causes?

Why is this happening? Because a small, vocal minority of haters are influencing wolf policy. This is all trumped-up hysteria.

The media contributes to the demonizing of wolves by writing about miniscule depredations, as is happening now in Oregon, while non-predation is the main killer of cattle.  I guess talking about cows dying from pneumonia, metabolic disease and weather doesn’t sell papers.  Giving the extreme wolf haters a forum to vent their hate, in a barrage of “wolf news” makes the situation even more volatile.   Try and find a positive article written about wolves in Northwestern newspapers, you’ll have to do some serious digging.  The old adage, if you don’t learn from your mistakes you’re doomed to repeat them fits this newest wave of wolf persecution, with deadly results.  Wolves are once again the ultimate scapegoats.

We can also thank Congress, especially the 81 Senators who voted for the budget wolf delisting rider, which gutted the ESA and stripped wolves of their protections in the Northern Rockies, literally giving them no place to hide from the hate.

Government Report: Less Than 1% of Cattle Killed by Native Carnivores and Domestic Dogs

Wendy Keefover-Ring

WildEarth Guardians Carnivore Protection Director

Posted: 05/18/11 04:35 PM ET

Less than a quarter of one percent, 0.23%, of the American cattle inventory was lost to native carnivores and dogs in 2010, according to a Department of Agricultural report released last week. These findings call into question the tens of millions per year taxpayers and livestock growers spend on lethal control of native carnivores.

The government’s own data show that the real killers of cattle are not a few endangered wolves or other wildlife — they’re illness and weather. Yet, the predation myth has directly contributed to a federal, 100-year, paramilitary assault on millions of native animals and birds in America. Despite governmental evidence about miniscule livestock losses, ongoing covert federal wildlife-killing operations are conducted each year on our most treasured wildlands and forests.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wendy-keefoverring/native-carnivore-controls-unnecessary_b_863717.html

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Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Wildlife Services War on Wildlife

Tags: wolf depredation a boondoggle, wolf depredation miniscule, wolf myth, wolf persecution

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  1. http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2011/may/20/tolerance-wolves-lacking-fish-game-hearing/#more

    How extreme can these hunters get? Good to know that friends of the clearwater spoke up for all of us wolf advocates. Here is what they had to say at the meeting.

    Brett Haverstick, also of Friends of the Clearwater, chastised those who say they live in fear of wolves and suggested they should move to urban areas like Boise or Salt Lake City. He also urged the commission to not bend to pressure from a “lunatic fringe minority.”

    Truer words have never been spoken.

    • jon….”Lunatic fringe minority”……pretty succinct!!

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

  2. http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/wolf_hunting_popular_misconceptions_and_response/C564/L564/

    Another GREAT article by Georger Wuerthner.

    • Jon…that is a great article by George W. One sentence is puzzling though: “Of those losses in Montana, in 2010 only 199 cows and 249 were killed by wolves.” I think George was referring to the total numbers of depredations by wolves in the Northern Rockies (Montana, Wyomning, Idaho, Oregon and Washington) not just Montana. Wolves were only responsible for 87 cows losses in Montana in 2010 and 64 sheep.

      From the Montana FWP Annual Wolf Report:
      “Confirmed cattle death losses decreased to 87 in 2010, and confirmed sheep death losses decreased to 64.”

      http://fwpiis.mt.gov/content/getItem.aspx?id=49406

      USFWS 2010 Interagency Wolf Report:
      Confirmed livestock depredations by wolves in 2010 were down from 2009 levels but included 199 cattle, 249 sheep

      http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/wolf/annualrpt10/FINAL_2010_Northern_Rockies_Summary_and_Background_3_9_11.pdf

      HOWLS,
      Nabeki

      • Yeah, he must mean the total Nabeki.

  3. It’s time to show up at every single meeting, rally in the streets…. get together money for a bulletin board in support for the wolves. I have a few leads I am following, I’ll let you know if anything pans out….this insanity is utter BS, and these people are out of their gourds. We need a strong, in your face presence like Michael Moore to show up with his camera crew, and ask embarrassing questions. Ho d them accountable. Show them for the nimrods they really are. Somehow someway, we need to get this issue highlighted on television, Nabeki…are you camera shy?

    Sorry, I try really hard to be fair, but there simply is no fairness in any of this.

    • Nabeki, just to clarify, my question as to whether you are camera shy was intended only in reference to your incredibly awesome radio interviews,not as criticism or sarcasm. There is enough misunderstanding to go around, especially where wolves are concerned. After reading my comment, I wasn’t sure if it came across as I had intended, and I wanted to be absolutely certain this was understood. My sincere hope is that we can get your factually relevant eloquent voice…with presence in tow, on TV. When you can, contact me in an email, I wanted to share something with you.

      • No problem WL….thanks for the props on the radio interviews. I’m not ready to go totally public, I’m just trying to get the facts out there and Gary offered me a forum on his show to do just that. I’m hoping to do it again in another month. Hopefully we’ll have some good news from the lawsuit by then, since the Judge is is expediting the briefs.

        For the wolves, For the wild ones,
        Nabeki

    • WL….yep, I am camera shy for a reason…

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

      • I definitely respect that Nabeki. To witness your passion and dedication for the wolves, that reason can only be a very valid one with the utmost consideration. If we are on the same page here, I think that I might understand that reasoning completely. All things in their intended time Nabeki, and the wolves will have their day and their justice. Heart Hugs.

      • Thank you WL. for your support!!.

        For the wolves, For the wild ones,
        Nabeki

  4. Wow, it’s amazing to me that these numbers don’t get out. But at the same time I’m sure the ranchers (lobbyist) have a lot to do with that. Evil thats all I have to say – pure evil ……

    • ramses…we should be posting those numbers 24/7. Wolves are not putting ranchers out of business and they know it. Wolves are just convenient scapegoats, it’s as simple as that. They can’t recoup losses from weather, disease and calving so they complain about predators. Coyotes and domestic dogs being the number one and two. Wolves aren’t even in the running. But predation is just 1% of the total cow losses. They all know it, I guess they don’t want the public to know it. Then they might ask why are we persecuting wolves?

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki


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